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Perham girls fall to Barnesville in HOL opener

The Barnesville Trojans used an 8-0 run at the start of the second half to pull away and never look back en route to a 56-34 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in their Heart O’Lakes season opener in Barnesville on Dec. 2.

Nicole Herbranson started the run with six straight points and Peyton Boom hit a jumper, finishing off the run, before Perham’s Gabby DeBoer could stop the bleeding. The run stretched a four point halftime lead, 26-22, to 12-point lead, which would be too much for the Yellowjackets to overcome.

The Yellowjackets struggled to get their shots to fall in the second half and had to battle foul trouble in the first half. The game struggled to find any pace in the first half with both teams finding themselves with key players sitting on the bench due to the foul trouble.

Perham’s Gabby DeBoer started strong for the Yellowjackets scoring nine of her team high 13 points in the first half, however, she was relegated to the bench for much of the first half because of the foul trouble. Janie Wunderlich added nine points, but also spent time on the bench in the first half because of the foul trouble.

The Yellowjackets had ample opportunities at the free throw line in the first half, yet only hit six of their 17 attempts, while Barnesville was 8 of 9 from the line.

Herbranson and and Andria McIntyre led the way for Barnesville, finishing with 14 points each. Boom added 11 points for the Trojans. DeBoer finished with 13 points, while Wunderlich added nine points.

The Yellowjackets are now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference, while Barnesville improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference. Perham returns to the floor with Park Rapids Area on Saturday, Dec. 3.


PER22 12--34

BAR26 30--56

PER: Amber Thompson 3, Josie Beachy 4, Jadyn Benedict 2, Gabby DeBoer 13, Janie Wunderlich 9, Sara Herrmann 3

3-point goals: Thompson, DeBoer

BAR: Ann Halverson 4, Nicole Herbranson 14, Andria McIntyre 14, Emma Nielson 11, Peyton Boom 11, Elora Passa 2

3-point goals: Nielson

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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