Girls Basketball: Frazee escapes Perham with 18th victory
PERHAM -- The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team (0-11, 1-22) gave Frazee (7-3, 18-4) all the Hornets could handle but came up short in a second half comeback falling 64-60 in Heart O' Lakes Conference play Thursday night.
After taking a 4-3 lead on two quick buckets by Allison Smith the Yellowjackets trailed the entire game, scratching back into contention from a double-digit deficit to one point 61-60 with nine seconds remaining.
Katie McCorquodale made one free throw to bump the lead to two but missed her second attempt seemingly giving Perham a last shot to tie or win but Alexis Tappe came up with a rebound getting the ball to Ashley Bachmann who sealed the game with two free throws with five ticks on the clock.
Tappe, Frazee's all-time leading scorer, led all shooters with 24 points. She added 14 rebounds for a double-double, along with five assists. McCorquodale had 16 points, 10 in the first half.
Tina Scheidecker led the Perham comeback scoring 12 of her team-high 17 points in the second half, including a three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining to cut the Hornet lead to 60-58.
Emily Tobkin had a hot hand from long range sinking three baskets from behind the arc, one to end the first half and close the gap to 35-27 at the break. She sank two quick threes early in the second half to cut the lead to six 41-35.
Tobkin was guarded closely by the Hornets the rest of the way and ended the game with nine points. Miranda Lockhart recorded a double-double for Perham with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hornets managed to keep the Yellowjackets at bay with Perham making second half scoring surges but just not enough to complete the comeback.
Baskets by Sydney Roberts got Perham to within three points twice in the second half trailing 53-50 and 57-54 with 1:36 to go.
Lockhart cut the deficit to three with a bucket at 55-52 near the two-minute mark and Tappe missed a three-pointer on Frazee's subsequent trip down the floor only to draw a foul from Roberts and sink two of three free throws to push the score to a two-possession game.
The final marks a vast improvement for Perham in the past month. The Hornets blew out the Yellowjackets 74-41 mid-January in Frazee. Thursday, Perham scored nearly 20 points more than their scoring average per game of 41.3 and the 60 total points was the highest output of the season for the Yellowjackets.
Frazee pulled within a half-game of D-G-F for second place in the HOL at 7-3. D-G-F is 7-2 with back-to-back conference games remaining: hosting Perham Feb. 19 and wrapping up conference play at Frazee Feb. 22 in a game that should have section-seeding implications.
The conference title remains Hawley's to lose. Hawley (9-1, 17-4) can clinch the conference with a victory Feb. 19 at Frazee. The Nuggets close out the season at home against Breckenridge Feb. 22.
According to a report from John George, of LakesAreaSports.com, the 18th victory this season is a school record for Frazee.
Other Thursday scores in the HOL:
Sierra Senske and Mandy Mercil each put up 10 points to help Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defeat Barnesville 65-46 Thursday in girls basketball. Sydney Boom led Barnesville in scoring with 13 points.
No. 10 Hawley defeated Pelican Rapids 32-24 in Hawley. The Nuggets held the Vikings to only five points in the first half. Drew Sannes led all scorers with 14 points.
Hawley 32, Pelican Rapids 24
Half: H 18, PR 5
PR: Pfeisle 3, Mac. Korf 4, Haugrud 4, Mad. Korf 7, Weinrich 4, Spicer 2.
H: Noreen 9, Olson 3, Ellefson 6, Sannes 14.
Frazee 64, Perham 60
Alexis Tappe 24; Katie McCorquodale 16; Taylor Tappe 10; Josi Tappe 8; Kennady Barlund 4; Ashley Bachmann 2.
Tina Scheidecker 17; Miranda Lockhart 11; Sydney Roberts 10; Emily Tobkin 9; Analea Erickson 5; Alli Smith 4; Maria Rutten 4.