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Girls Basketball: Jackets continue to shine in upset of #5 Hawley

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HAWLEY - Katrina Moenkedick scored a game-high 15 points to lead Perham to the upset of No. 5-2A Hawley, 32-25, on the road Friday night.

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The Yellowjackets held the Nuggets to a season-low in points scored. The loss was only the second defeat suffered by the Nuggets (17-2) all season.

"It felt like we were on defense for a large part of the game, but the girls stayed disciplined in what we wanted to do to force them into tough shots, " Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

After a 4-10 start to the season, the Perham girls basketball team has rallied for six wins in their last seven games, including convincing wins over 3A Detroit Lakes (12-9) and previously ranked Pelican Rapids (16-5). Their only defeat in the stretch of seven games was a close two-point loss at Breckenridge.

With a victory at Frazee (11-11) Thursday, Feb. 16, Perham (10-11) has a chance at seeing a .500 record for the first time this season.

Holding back a skilled and well-coached team like Hawley will only boost the confidence of the streaking Jackets.

"I'm very impressed that our girls were able to stay focused for long stretches at a time on defense," said Gullingsrud.

The defensive struggle showed in a tie score at 13 at the half. It got worse for the Nuggets coming out of the break.

"Our defense held them scoreless for the first nine minutes of the second half and we were able to build a lead that we held on to for the rest of the (game).

Becky Stoll was on the floor for Perham nearly the entire game. She played 35 of the 36 regulation minutes. Stoll scored eight points and had seven rebounds.

Drew Sannes led Hawley scoring nine points.

"We need to build off of the effort we had tonight as we enter our last stretch of regular season games."

Perham has four games remaining before sub-section playoffs begin. They will face D-G-F at home and travel to Frazee and New London-Spicer before wrapping up the regular season in Sebeka.

Perham 70, Barnesville 57

The Yellowjackets overcame a slow start defensively and clamped down in the second half leading to a 70-57 victory over the Trojans.

"Defensively, we were nowhere to be found in the first half," Gullingsrud said.

The Yellowjackets held the Trojans to only four field goals in the second half turning a four-point deficit at halftime, 39-35, into a double-digit rout by game's end.

"We picked it up a bit on that end in the second half," Gullingsrud said.

The one-two punch of Moenkedick and Stoll continued to spur the Yellowjacket offense.

Moenkedick led all scorers with a 32-point performance missing only four attempts of 18. She also had eight rebounds.

Stoll scored 21 and doled out seven assists.

The duo combined for 76 percent of the team's scoring on the night.

"Katrina and Becky were great offensively for us and the team altogether shot well from the field and the free throw line."

Perham was 14-18 (77 percent) from the charity stripe. The Jackets shot 26-60 (43 percent) from the field and were four of eight from behind the arc.

Perham results

Perham at Hawley, Friday, Feb. 10.

Jackets 13 19 -- 32

Nuggets 13 12 -- 25

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Tobkin 1-0-3-4-5; Stoll 1-2-0-2-8; Erickson 0-0-1-2-1; Karvonen 0-1-0-0-3; Moenkedick 6-0-3-4-15. Team: 8-3-7-12-32.

HAW: Noreen 1-0-0-0-2; Olson 1-0-2-4-4; Nuemann 4-0-0-0-8; Ellefson 1-0-0-0-2; Sannes 3-1-0-0-9. Team: 10-1-2-4-25.

Perham results

Barnesville at Perham Thursday, Feb. 9.

Trojans 39 18 -- 57

Jackets 35 35 -- 70

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --

BAR: Ullrich 1-0-0-0-2; Meyer 0-0-1-3-1; Vancura 1-2-0-0-8; Martinson 5-2-0-0-16; Boom 4-0-7-9-15; Buth 1-0-5-5-7; Bentley 3-0-2-2-8. Team: 15-4-15-19-57.

PER: Stoll 4-3-4-6-21; Erickson 1-0-2-2-4; Karvonen 0-1-0-0-3; Moenkedick 14-0-4-6-32; Coleman 1-0-4-4-6; Nelson 1-0-0-0-2; Kovar 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 22-4-14-18-70.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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