Yellowjackets bruise Ranger Pride
The Crosby-Ironton faithful take a lot of pride in their basketball and that pride was bruised, rather nastily, on a recent trip to the Perham gymnasium.
The Yellowjackets swarmed the Rangers holding the typically potent Ranger offense to just 10 points in each half in a 61-20 rout.
"I thought our defense was the best it has been in many years," Head Coach Dave Cresap said. "The kids were all on the same page. We just had better athletes than they did last night."
Nick Tobkin's 17 points led Perham's offensive surge.
Mark Schumacher scored 12 and was one rebound away from a double double hauling in nine rebounds.
Jordan Bruhn and Jordan Hein scored nine each.
In all, eight Yellowjackets got on the score sheet.
Perham led in all statistical categories. The most insulting was holding Crosby-Ironton to just seven field goals, including one three-pointer, for the duration of the game.
Perham caused 25 turnovers to just seven for Crosby-Ironton.
The Rangers lost the leaders who led them to last year's state championship game and it showed. They were never in the game.
Perham took over the game right out of the locker room to start the game and the second half.
The Yellowjackets held the Rangers scoreless for nearly half of the first half and ran away from the Rangers after the break tripling up Crosby-Ironton on the scoreboard.
Michael Hoge's seven points led the Rangers' scoring.
The victory keeps the Yellowjackets undefeated at 4-0, 2-0 in the conference, heading into the holiday tournament at Worthington.
Perham remains ranked number six in the latest Class 2A polls.
Tuesday, December 21
Score by half:
Per 31 30 61
C-I 10 10 20
Team stats Perham-Crosby-Ironton
Field goals 22-7
3 point field goals 6-1
Free throws 11-17 (64.7%), 5-10 (50.0%)
Perham player scoring
Player - points
Player - points
D. Hudrlick 5
N. Hudrlick 1