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Katrina Moenkedick led all scorers with 21 points and she also had the game-winning assist to Lexy Karvonen. Bob Williams/FOCUS.

Girls Basketball: Late Karvonen layup sinks Lakers

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PERHAM -- A back and forth basketball game came down to the final seconds and Perham's Lexy Karvonen put herself all alone under the basket and made a lay-up with two seconds remaining to give Perham its fourth victory in five games 61-59 over Detroit Lakes.

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The loss sends a reeling Laker team (11-9) to their sixth consecutive defeat after starting the season with a record of 11-3.

"It was our turn to make the big shot late in the game," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

The Yellowjackets held the ball for nearly a full minute in the frontcourt allowing time to wind down.

With much of the Laker defense crowding both of Perham's leading scorers, Becky Stoll and Katrina Moenkedick, Karvonen snuck to the basket on a backdoor cut.

Moenkedick found Karvonen and hit her with a pass allowing Karvonen to lay in the game winner uncontested.

"It was a hard fought game throughout as neither team built a sizable lead."

An Allison Smith basket with 13 minutes remaining gave the Yellowjackets their biggest lead of the second half at 44-38.

Back-to-back three pointers by Laker forward Kayli Muckenhirn tied the game and extended a Laker lead to three points at 52-49 with 4:32 remaining in the game.

Both teams traded buckets to a tie score at 59 after successive trips up the floor by both teams that ended in turnovers.

Courtney Hedstrom was able to get a shot off near the top of the key as the buzzer sounded. Her shot met front iron and bounced away.

DL held a slim 31-29 lead at halftime. The Laker bench outscored Perham 17-8, but the Yellowjackets were able to take advantage of turnovers holding a 12-5 advantage in points scored off of turnovers.

There were 13 lead changes in the game.

"We took much better care of the basketball tonight and were solid from the free throw line, which is what we need to do in close games like these. I was extremely proud of the girls as they gave everything they had at the end of a long week of basketball."

Perham shot 10-13 (76 percent) from the free throw line. DL made seven of 11 (63 percent).

Moenkedick led all scorers with 21 points, eight rebounds and a team-high five assists. Stoll scored 15 points and hauled in seven boards. Stoll played the final four minutes with four fouls. Karvonen had seven points.

Muckenhirn and Hedstrom led the Lakers with 18 and 17 points respectively. Hedstrom scored most of her points from deep. She nailed five of eight three-point attempts.

Shay Nielsen added nine points.

Perham improves to 8-11 overall and are playing like a different basketball team than the season's first half club that started the year 4-10.

Perham results

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Saturday, Feb. 3.

Lakers 31 28 -- 59

Jackets 29 32 -- 61

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Smith 1-0-1-2-3; Tobkin 1-1-0-0-5; Stoll 5-1-2-3-15; Erickson 1-0-1-1-3; Karvonen 2-1-0-0-7; Moenkedick 8-0-5-5-21; Coleman 2-0-1-2-5; Kovar 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 21-3-10-13-61.

DL: Hedstrom 1-5-0-0-17; Nielsen 3-0-3-6-9; Muckenhirn 5-2-2-2-18; Hutchinson 0-0-2-2-2; Kerzman 1-1-0-1-5; Olson 4-0-0-0-8. Team: 14-8-7-11-59.

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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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