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Girls Basketball: Panthers slip by Perham 44-40

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PARK RAPIDS -- Coming off their first victory of the season the Perham Yellowjackets (1-15) girls basketball game fell to the Panthers 44-40 Thursday night.

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"As well as we played on Tuesday, we struggled on Thursday to take care of the ball and take quality shots in Park Rapids," Head Coach TJ Super said.

Despite a height disadvantage, the Yellowjackets held their own in the paint with the rebound totals nearly equal, 36-35 in favor of Park Rapids.

Park Rapids converted 14 of 31 free throw attempts to just nine of 20 for Perham creating a five-point differential crucial to the final score.

Park Rapids led 21-17 at the half and both teams played to a stalemate in the second half scoring 23 points each.

Panther junior forward Charity Ridlon led all scorers with 13 points and hauled in 12 rebounds for a double-double. Katelyn Hilmanowski scored 11 points.

Perham was led by Analea Erickson's 11 points. Miranda Lockhart recorded a double-double, also, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds, along with three steals. Emily Tobkin scored nine points, all from behind the arc, where the senior was 3-4 shooting from long range.

The Yellowjackets take on state ranked New London-Spicer on Saturday night at Prairie Wind Middle School Gymnasium with the varsity tip scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Scoring:

PER 17 23 -- 40

PAR 21 23 -- 44

PER: Analea Erickson 11; Miranda Lockhart 10; EMily Tobkin 9; Brittany Miller 4; Tina Scheidecker 3; Alli Smith 3.

PAR: Ridlon 13; Hilmanowski 11; Klein 7; Olson 5; Grimes 4; Johnson 2; Kniss 2.

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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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