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Yellowjacket girls defeat Crookston 69-56

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Coming off their first loss of the season and with no practices in between games the question in Yellowjacket minds was how would the girls basketball team return to action against Crookston.

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"We've got to rebound from a tough loss on Friday," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. "We'll see how they bounce back."

Becky Stoll got the Yellowjackets off to a quick start with a three-pointer to open the game.

The first half was a fast-paced game played up and down the floor with Perham pushing their lead to 10 points and Crookston bringing it back to a more manageable deficit.

Fouls were minimal: five for Crookston, three for Perham.

A reverse layup by Katrina Moenkedick, turned three-point play with a foul stretched the Perham lead to 32-21, the largest of the half.

Moenkedick had 16 points in the first half to go with three steals. Becky Stoll had eight points. Perham led 38-31 at the break.

Lauren Graham had eight points. Monica Wold had seven points for Crookston.

Two Crookston threes to open the second half closed the Perham lead quickly to three points, 40-37.

Crookston made a habit of beating Perham down the floor on offense getting good looks and patiently setting up their offense when a quick bucket was not available. The lead remained near three points.

But Perham would kick in the defense and behind Moenkedick and Steph Miller, who scored four quick points, to go with four from Moenkedick, Perham upped their lead to 51-41 with 12 minutes to go.

Perham made wholesale lineup changes regularly during play in both halves.

A lull in scoring lasted two minutes before Suzanne Coleman drew Erica Samuelson's fourth foul with nine minutes remaining. Coleman made both free throw shots, scored again on a nice feed from Moenkedick and Moenkedick's sixth steal and a layup stretched the lead to 14 points, 59-45. Two Kelli Meehl free throws would make the lead 61-45 and Perham cruised to a 69-56 victory.

Perham improves to 10-1 on the season.

Moenkedick led all scorers with 21 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Kaylan Huber had a strong game scoring 11 to go with eight rebounds. Becky Stoll finished with 12 points. Meehl and Miller had six points each.

Graham led the Pirates scoring 18 points. Katie Davison had 13 points.

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Perham girls taste defeat for the first time

Pequot Lakes 63, Perham 37

The Perham girls were flirting with the top ten state rankings, coming it at #12 on the Minnesota-Scores QRF rankings heading into a matchup with state-ranked #9 Pequot Lakes.

Pequot Lakes has since jumped to #1 in the QRF standings and remain at #9 in Class 2A polls after a convincing, 63-37, whipping of the Yellowjackets. The loss is the first on the season for Perham (9-1).

The victory vaulted Pequot Lakes to the top of the QRF standings.

"It was an eye opening experience for our girls tonight," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. "Pequot Lakes outplayed us in every aspect of the game which reflects the final score."

Perham jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Pequot Lakes quickly responded and the Yellowjackets, not accustomed to playing from behind, were never able to get back in the game.

"We had too many turnovers against their pressure, and they converted those mistakes into easy baskets like good teams do."

Katrina Moenkedick, a shoe-in for double digit scoring, was held to a season low three points.

Ashley Lehman was the only Yellowjacket to score more than five points, with 11.

Perham cut the lead to nine points at the half but were outdistanced in the second frame 31-14.

Emily Lueck led all scorers with 23 points.

"We have a lot to learn from this loss, and my hope is the girls can respond as we have another week of difficult games coming up."

The big match-up this week is Thursday's tilt with Hawley. The Nuggets are ranked #5 in Class 2A and sit atop the conference standings with Perham.

Monday, January 10, 2011 (07:30 PM)

Non-league game at Perham

Perham Yellowjackets 69, Crookston 56

Score by half 1 2 Total

Crookston 31 25 56

Perham Yellowjackets 38 31 69

Team stats Crookston Perham

Points 56 69

Field goals 24-56 (42.9%) 26-68 (38.2%)

3 point field goals 4-11 (36.4%) 3-10 (30.0%)

Free throws 4-7 (57.1%) 14-30 (46.7%)

Rebounds (Total-Off.) 24-5 31-13

Assists 15 13

Turnovers 22 13

Steals 5 12

Blocked shots 2 0

Total fouls 17 10

Points in the paint 28 42

Bench points 17 13

Crookston player statistics

Player PTS REB AST BLK TO STL PF

* Lauren Graham 18 3 3 0 1 0 3

* Katie Davison 13 2 2 0 1 1 3

* Kalyee Desrosier 8 3 3 0 3 1 1

Monica Wold 7 7 2 0 5 2 1

Mackenzie Sandstrom 6 2 0 0 3 0 0

Erica Samuelson 4 4 2 2 2 0 5

Taylor Demarais 0 1 2 0 3 0 2

* Heather Schumacher 0 0 0 0 3 0 2

* Kellee Koenig 0 2 1 0 1 1 0

Total 56 24 15 2 22 5 17

Perham player statistics

Player PTS REB AST BLK TO STL PF

* Katrina Moenkedick 21 6 1 0 5 6 0

* Becky Stoll 12 2 2 0 1 2 0

* Kaylan Huber 11 8 1 0 1 1 1

* Steph Miller 6 6 6 0 2 2 2

* Kelli Meehl 6 6 1 0 2 0 2

Ashley Lehman 5 1 1 0 0 0 1

Suzanne Coleman 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lexy Karvonen 2 1 1 0 1 1 2

Lauren Guck 2 1 0 0 1 0 2

Total 69 31 13 0 13 12 10

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
(218) 346-5900 x223
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