Second half surge leads Barnesville past Jackets
PERHAM — The Yellowjacket girls basketball team put together a strong first half effort but visiting Barnesville held Perham to just 11 second half points in a 50-37 Heart O’ Lakes Conference victory Thursday evening.
The Trojans won for the 13th time in 16 games. All three of the Trojans’ losses have come to HOL opponents Frazee, Pelican Rapids and Hawley.
Perham created a five-point cushion with five minutes to go in the first half and held on to the lead for a 26-25 advantage at the break.
Yellowjacket shots would not fall in the second half and the Trojan defense stymied Perham’s efforts to get back in the game, despite being in striking distance until late.
Perham trailed by only six points midway through the second half 36-30, but Barnesville capitalized on the offensive end on a 14-7 run down the stretch.
Perham’s Ella Von Ruden led all scorers with 11 points. Barnseville’s freshman center Peyton Boom and junior guard Megan Nielsen led the Trojans with 10 points each.
Barnesville managed to hold Analea Erickson to only two points.
Barnesville (5-3) kept pace with first place No. 6AA Pelican Rapids. The Vikings improved to 8-0 in HOL play and 16-1 overall with a 73-59 victory at Glyndon over D-G-F (7-8, 4-4).
Perham falls to 8-12 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
In one other HOL game Thursday, Breckenridge (7-6, 3-5) defeated Frazee (10-10, 1-8) 73-61 in Frazee.
Perham continues a busy stretch of games with little rest as they travel to second place Hawley (11-6, 5-2) Friday, Feb. 7 to take on the Nuggets at 7:30 p.m.
BAR 25 25 — 50
PER 26 11 — 37
BAR: Boom 10, Nielsen 10, Skogen 9, Vancura 8, Herbranson 7, Bentley 6.
PER: Von Ruden 11, Rutten 9, Roberts 6, Miller 5, Beachy 2, Erickson 2, T. Scheidecker 2.