Girls Basketball: Lady Jackets drop back-to-back games
PERHAM -- The Perham girls basketball team was unable to bounce back from a shaky first half and a late non-call from the referee forced a heave at the buzzer that did not go in a 42-40 loss at home to Breckenridge in Heart O' Lakes action Friday night.
The Cowgirls held the Yellowjackets to just 11 points in the first half and Perham committed 20 turnovers to give Breckenridge a 15-point spread at halftime up 26-11.
Perham turned the tables in the second half climbing back into the game to tie the score at 40 with 42 seconds remaining in the game.
The Yellowjackets outscored Breckenridge in the second half 29-16.
Alyse Engen drew a foul with 18.4 seconds left and made both free throws to put the winning points on the board for Breckenridge. Engen scored seven points all from the free throw line.
Perham turned the ball over, but Katrina Dahlgren was unable to convert the front end of bonus free throws giving Perham the ball back with six seconds left still down two.
Tina Scheidecker brought the ball up the right side of the court and was run into by a Breckenridge defender sending the ball out of bounds and avoiding a whistle from the referees bringing a rowdy response from the home crowd.
Perham retained possession with 2.1 seconds on the clock and drew up a play during a timeout.
An inbounds pass to Emily Tobkin set up a near half-court three-point heave for the win but did not go.
Perham played without Analea Erickson who left the game with what appeared to be a rolled ankle early in the second half. Erickson, who has led the team in scoring more than any other Perham shooter this season left having scored one point.
True to form the entirety of the game, the referees were letting play dictate itself more than calling fouls. Calls were nearly even with Perham attracting 17 whistles to Breckenridge's 15.
The controversial non-call, which was a blatant foul, should have put Scheidecker on the line with a chance to tie.
Miranda Lockhart led all scorers with 14 points on her 18th birthday. Scheidecker scored 11. Haley Bommersbach was the only Cowgirl in double figures with 10 points.
Perham's record fell to 1-17 on the season and the Lady Jackets remain winless in the HOL at 0-7. Breckenridge pushed their overall record a game above .500 at 9-8. The Cowgirls are 3-4 in the conference.
Perham lost on back-to-back nights dropping a non-conference game at Detroit Lakes 57-37 Saturday night. Detroit Lakes (8-10) took the lead early and built a 34-20 lead at the half.
Erickson watched from the bench in street clothes.
Perham will face a tall task at Pelican Rapids (14-4) on the road next Tuesday. The Vikings, 4-3 in the HOL, are a game back of second place Frazee and D-G-F (5-2) and three games back of first place Hawley (7-1, 14-4).
Perham has dropped four straight after getting their first win of the season Jan. 22 over Menahga.