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Lady Jackets take Fergus Falls' tourney consolation game

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

The Perham Yellowjackets girls basketball team improved to 3-6 on the season defeating Breckenridge for the second time this year, 58-54, in the third place game at the Fergus Falls holiday tournament.

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"We were able to make some big free throws late to sneak out with the win," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

The game was close early before scoring swung in a 17-point pendulum from an early Cowgirls' 10-point advantage in the first half to a tie at the break and a seven-point advantage for the Yellowjackets with a few minutes remaining in the game.

"Our girls stepped up their defense and were able to go on a run," said Gullingsrud.

Perham was unable to hold the lead in the waning minutes, as turnovers led a late tie before the Jackets won the game at the free throw line.

Katrina Moenkedick led all scorers with 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

Sierra Steckler and Amber Vold, both of Breckenridge, scored 19 points. Perham's Becky Stoll had 17 and Lexy Karvonen scored nine, including Perham's only three-pointer of the game.

Perham held a big advantage on the boards outrebounding Breckenridge 41-26.

Free throw shooting became a key statistic as the game continued.

After a dismal start at the free throw line, going only 2-8 in the first half, Perham shooters combined to go 15 of 20 in the second half (75 percent).

Stoll was 11-13 from the stripe.

Overall, Perham shot 17-28 (60 percent).

Breckenridge shot 8-15 (53 percent) in the game.

The Perham junior varsity also claimed third place in the tournament with a win over Breckenridge after losing to Hawley in the opener.

Tanya Berns was named to the all-tournament team.

Perham (3-6) returns to Prairie Wind Middle School Thursday, Jan. 5, to face Pequot Lakes (4-6), in a Section 8-2A game.

Perham results

Breckenridge versus Perham, Fergus Falls Tournament, Thursday, Dec. 29.

Jackets 14 16 -- 30

Cowgirls 35 25 -- 60

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Scheidecker 1-0-0-0-2; Smith 1-0-0-0-2; Tobkin 2-0-0-0-4; Stoll 3-0-11-13-17; Erickson 0-0-2-6-2; Karvonen 2-1-2-2-9; Moenkedick 9-0-2-7-20; Coleman 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 19-1-17-28-58.

BRE: Vold 2-3-6-6-19; LeNoue 2-0-0-1-4; Dalhgren 2-0-1-6-5; Steckler 9-0-1-2-19; Conzemius 1-0-0-0-2; Beyer 0-1-0-0-3; Bommersbach 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 17-4-8-15-54.

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