Girls Basketball: Lady Jackets remain winless
PERHAM -- The bright spot in a rough start to the Perham girls' basketball season has been junior forward Analea Erickson, who has led the Yellowjackets in scoring in each game of six games this season.
Erickson is averaging 11 points per game and after an eight-point performance in the season-opener has scored in double figures each game.
Despite her efforts, the Yellowjackets remain winless (0-6) after losses to Barnesville (46-44) Tuesday and a Thursday night loss to No. 10-AA Crookson 67-30, both at home.
Erickson scored 12 points in Thursday's loss to the Pirates. She scored a season-high 14 points in the tight two-point loss to the Trojans.
Of the six losses this season, the game versus Barnesville stung the Jackets most. Victory was in their grasp.
"I felt that this was the best basketball of the year for the girls," Perham Head Coach T.J. Super said. "Last Friday, we put together 18 really good minutes of basketball in Breckenridge before we succumbed to the pressure. Last night, we played 28 minutes of top-notch ball before we faltered."
Streaks can be difficult to break and most of that effort comes on the mental side of the game.
Perham was up 42-31 in the second half before a Barnesville 11-0 run tied the score.
The teams tied again at 44 with two minutes to go.
Each team failed to score in their next two possessions, leading to a time out with 40 second remaining and the ball belonging to Perham.
Seven seconds ticked by with a foul on Trojan forward Sydney Boom and a loose ball that ended up in the hands of the Jackets.
With 33 seconds left, Holly Vancura stole the ball from Perham's Tina Scheidecker, and Barnesville called time.
An entry pass from baseline set up Megan Nielson for a three, which missed the entire rim.
Both teams squandered chances in the final minute.
With a chance for a last shot, Miranda Lockhart was called for traveling giving the ball back to Barnesville.
Allison Smith fouled Trojan senior guard Nicole Halverson, who sunk both free throws for the game-winning points, 46-44.
Perham did not get a shot off in the remaining five seconds.
The Yellowjackets led 25-18 at half.
"Obviously, we still have a lot to work on, with our key problems being handling ball pressure."
Perham committed 20 turnovers in the second half, most of them in the final eight minutes.
"That being said, we played very well as a team up to the eight minute mark, with sophomore Brittany Miller being a catalyst for us, dropping five assists after breaking the press and attacking."
Scheidecker scored 12 points to compliment Erickson's 14.
"I reiterated the point that everything is a stepping stone, that our goal is not to just get wins, but to keep improving, and every game we've played this year has been better than the previous, so we are achieving our ultimate goal."
The 3-1 Crookston Pirates had three players in double figures led by Brooke Heggie's 16 in the 67-30 victory Thursday.
Sydney Boike scored 14 points. Danica Brekken added 12.
The Pirates took a commanding 23-6 lead and continued to a 44-14 advantage at halftime.
Erickson scored a dozen points to pace Perham. No other Yellowjacket scored more than four points.
Perham renews a Highway 10 rivalry with New York Mills (3-2), tonight, Monday, Dec. 17 looking for their first win.
The game is an early tip at 6 p.m
BAR 18 28 -- 46
PER 25 19 -- 44
Analea Erickson 14, Tina Scheidecker 12, Brittany Miller 6, Alli Smith 5, Sydney Roberts 4, Emily Tobkin 2, Miranda Lockhart 1.
Boom 18, Bently 13, Nielson 5, Vancura 4, Anderson 4, Halverson 2.
CRO 44 23 -- 67
PER 14 16 -- 30
Analea Erickson 12, Miranda Lockhart 4, Emily Tobkin 4, Sydney Roberts 3, Allison Smith 3, Brittany Miller 2, Michaela Sondag 2.
Brooke Heggie 16, Sydney Boike 14, Danica Brekken 12, Erica Samuelson 9, Amber Froeber 5, Kylie Simmons 4, Kaylee Desrosier 4, Taylor Demarais 2, Kenzie Klatt 1.