Jacket girls win three straight
The Perham girls basketball team went undefeated in three contests last week defeating Pelican Rapids and Detroit Lakes on the road, 49-40 and 47-41 respectively, while walloping Breckenridge at home, 59-34.
"The girls put together an excellent first half," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. "We had better defensive pressure than we have had in the past few games, which led to us getting out in transition on offense and getting some easy looks at the basket."
Katrina Moenkedick scored her 1,000th point under the basket after grabbing a loose ball and had a game high 23 points against Breckenridge, mostly in the first half, in a game that was over early.
The Yellowjackets led 40-14 at the break.
"It is a great achievement individually for her and this is a credit to how much time she spends in the gym making herself a better basketball player. She is the tenth girls basketball player to reach this milestone in Perham school history."
Double figure scoring from Moenkedick, Becky Stoll and Kaylan Huber sent the Vikings packing in Pelican Rapids.
Moenkedick had a game high 15 points; Stoll added a dozen and Huber scored 10 points to go with six rebounds.
The Vikings held a one-point advantage at halftime but the Yellowjackets would kick the defense into full gear holding Pelican to only 16 points in the second half.
"It wasn't a very pretty win for our girls, but I was really proud with how they came up with big plays down the stretch to pull this one out on the road."
Perham was near perfect from the line, making 10 of 11 free throws.
"A big key for us late in the game was stepping to the free throw line and making some free throws to give us a little bit of a cushion."
There was little room for error in the week's finale at Detroit Lakes Saturday afternoon.
"We knew going into this game that Detroit Lakes was going to try and slow down the game and not let us get into our up tempo style of play."
The Lakes controlled play and owned the boards early jumping on Perham from the opening tip.
"We really wanted to get into the open court but DL never let it happen as they we able to get back on defense and take away our transition game."
However, putting Perham into their half-court offense leaves the opposing team at the whim of Moenkedick.
She had a game high 17 points and was a general nuisance to Laker defenders all night.
The two teams traded buckets for most of the first half tying the score at 10, 12, 14 and 21.
A scoring drought struck Perham for the final minutes of the first half. They entered the locker room down five, 27-22.
"They really controlled the first half, but our girls came out and made some big plays in the second half to pull ahead."
Forcing a string of turnovers, the Jackets scrapped back to near even and Stoll swished a three-pointer to give Perham the lead for good.
"It is encouraging to our coaching staff that our girls are able to win a game like this despite not getting the tempo in our favor," Gullingsrud said.
The Lakers missed front ends of one and ones from the charity stripe in a string of four consecutive misses during a pivotal portion of the second half. The misses gave the Jackets chances to take the lead and they did.