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Analea Erickson puts up a shot against an unrelenting Hawley defense in Perham's 41-28 loss. Bob Williams/FOCUS

Girls Basketball: Repeat performance by Nuggets over Lady Jackets

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The Perham girls basketball team fell into a three-way tie for last place in the Heart O' Lakes Conference, with a record of 1-3 in the standings and a mark of 4-8 overall, after a loss to Hawley, 41-28, in Perham Thursday evening.

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"We played better defense but Hawley took us out of everything we wanted to do on offense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

Perham was held to under 40 points for the second time this season, both against the #6-ranked Nuggets. The first was a non-conference game, 60-30, at the Fergus Falls holiday tournament.

Perham is tied with Barnesville and Breckenridge in conference standings.

Hawley sits alone atop the conference with a 4-0 record, 9-1 overall. Pelican Rapids (3-0, 10-3) is rated #10 in the latest polls released.

Turnovers were a key to the game. The Nuggets are renowned for making it difficult to bring the ball up the floor. Perham lost the turnover battle 17-11, the majority of those turnovers coming in the backcourt.

"They are quick and like to pressure the ball and we just were not strong enough with the basketball to get any good looks at the basket."

Hawley jumped out early to a 14-3 advantage eight minutes into the game.

Perham was not without chances to make a run at the Nuggets.

Katrina Moenkedick hit a three-pointer midway through the second half to cut the Hawley advantage to 10 at 34-24.

Hawley's defense, however, held Perham to just 26 percent shooting from the field and sealed the game by allowing the Jackets only four more points the rest of the game.

Hawley took out the recent top three scoring threats for Perham and held them to season-low shooting percentages and as a team, the Yellowjackets had only 10 field goals and one three-point basket.

Moenkedick was held to only seven points, shooting 2-9. Becky Stoll was held to just two points shooting 1-11. Lexy Karvonen had two points on a 1-3 night.

Emily Tobkin led Perham with eight points.

Drew Sannes and Jessy Noreen each had a dozen for the Nuggets.

"We have five practices before our next game, so we need to take advantage of that and continue to make progress on both offense and defense and get better as we get close to the second half of the season," said Gullingsrud.

The Yellowjackets hit the road for a conference matchup with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (1-2, 7-4) Friday, Jan. 20.

Perham results

#6-Hawley at Perham, Thursday, Jan. 12.

Nuggets 28 13 -- 41

Jackets 14 14 -- 28

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Scheidecker 2-0-0-0-4; Tobkin 4-0-0-0-8; Stoll 1-0-0-0-2; Erickson 1-0-0-0-2; Karvonen 1-0-0-0-2; Moenkedick 1-1-2-4-7; Coleman 1-0-1-5-3. Team: 10-1-5-13-28.

HAW: Noreen 2-2-2-2-12; Lura 0-0-3-4-3; Olson 4-0-0-0-8; Petermann 1-0-0-0-2; Sannes 4-0-4-6-12; Ritter 1-0-0-0-2, Unassigned 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 13-2-9-12-41.

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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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