Rangers eliminate Lady Yellowjackets
The Crosby-Ironton girls basketball team upset Perham on its home floor 46-42. The Rangers, #6 seed (18-9) will play #2 seeded Hawley (21-4) at Hawley.
#3 Perham finishes its season with a record of 18-6.
The Rangers controlled the tempo in a seesaw affair, trailing most of the second half before taking control late in the second half.
Steph Miller gave the Yellowjackets a 31-29 lead. She grabbed the rebound on a Lexi Karvonen miss and made the basket in traffic with eight minutes to go.
Jana Anderson tied the game at 31 on the next trip down the floor. 90 seconds later, Chelsey Bonsante gave the Rangers the lead for good nailing a three pointer from the right side of the key.
Katrina Moenkedick cut the lead to one, 34-33, with five minutes remaining, but Anderson and Bonsante scored on successive trips down the floor to stretch the lead again to five.
The Yellowjackets were bitten by a cold shooting night. Perham was 0-16 from three-point land and only 25 percent from the field.
"It was a disappointing way to end the season as the story of the night was our inability to shoot the ball," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. "We just couldn't get our shots to fall and they were very patient on offense, which really made us work each possession on defense."
Moenkedick would again cut into the lead from the free throw line. C-I led 40-38 with two minutes on the clock.
Sloppy play induced turnovers from both teams keeping the C-I lead at a bucket until Anderson stretched it to four sinking two free throws.
A three-point attempt by Becky Stoll was no good and Perham was forced to foul.
"We made a great effort in the last three minutes to have a chance after being down by five but couldn't make the big play to pull even with them."
Sienna missed the front end of a one-and-one giving the Yellowjackets a chance.
Moenkedick was fouled in the lane and sunk both her free throws. C-I led 42-40 with 44 seconds remaining.
Bonsante hit one free throw making the lead three. Kaylan Huber quickly grabbed the ball and drove baseline for a quick deuce cutting the Rangers' lead to one point.
Perham would not score in the waning seconds.
Down two, Moenkedick spun in the lane looking to tie the score but was called for traveling with under 10 seconds remaining.
Sienna Miller iced the game sinking two double bonus free throw attempts.
Anderson led all scorers with 15 points. Moenkedick had 13 to lead Perham. Bonsante scored 10 points. Becky Stoll scored eight.
The loss ends the basketball careers of five Yellowjackets: Kelli Meehl, Steph Miller, Ashley Lehman, Kaylan Huber and Lauren Guck.
"It was sad to see our five seniors play in their last game after they had done so much for our program. All of our coaches are very proud of them and it was an honor to be able to coach such a dedicated and hard working group the last couple of years."
Half: P: 23, CI 22
FG CI: 16-42, 38.1 percent; P 16-65, 24.6 percent.
FT CI: 10-16 62.5 percent; P 10-13, 76. percent.
3FG: CI: 4-12, 33.3 percent; P: 0-16, 0 percent.
Turnovers: CI 16, P: 11
Scoring: CI: Anderson 15, Bonsante 10, Prushek 7, Miller 6, Foote 4, Goshey 2, Biever 2.
P: Moenkedick 13, Stoll 8, Meehl 6, Miller 6, Huber 4, Guck 2, Karvonen 2, Lehman 1.