Perham girls improve to 2-0
Pelican Rapids took an early lead but Kaylan Huber's bucket at just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half gave the Yellowjackets the lead for good. Perham wins their second game of the season in as many tries 66-48.
"It was an ugly start for our girls as we dug an early hole for ourselves getting behind by 10 in the first couple of minutes of the game," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.
Steph Miller gave Perham some immediate cushion, with a steal and a layup, a nice drive to the hoop on the next possession and a big three point basket to back-up Huber's charge and up the lead to 23-16.
Perham's advantage was five points at half, 32-27.
In the season opener at Staples, Katrina Moenkedick led all scorers, but found herself in early foul trouble against Pelican Rapids.
Miller and Huber made up for a quiet frontcourt in the first half with stellar guard play both offensively and defensively.
"We received contributions from a lot of girls tonight, and that balance will be a key to success for us this season."
Moenkedick came alive in the second half leading all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kaylan Huber had 10 points and filled in at point guard while Miller was out in the second half nursing four fouls. Miller scored nine points.
Mackenzie Strand had 15 points for the Vikings. Bailey Strand scored 13.
The Yellowjackets will hit the road to keep the win streak going.
"We have two long road trips next week to Breckenridge on Tuesday and Crosby-Ironton on Thursday, so hopefully we can carry over some of the momentum we gained from this week into those two games," Gullingsrud said.
The junior varsity team dropped to 0-2 after a 43-21 loss to Pelican Rapids. A slow start and some out of synch play was no match for the pesky guard play of the Vikings.
Sophomore guard Lizzie Pfeifle scored eight points for Pelican Rapids but did more damage defensively and running the point. Sommer Haugrud led all scorers with 12 points. Alyssa Huseby had 10.
Kenzi Kovar led the way for Perham in one half of play. She scored seven points before joining the varsity in the locker room at halftime of the JV game. Allison Smith had four points.