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State ranked Patriots stop Perham girls

It was a tough start to the new year for the Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team when they hosted the ninth ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium on Jan. 3.

The Patriots capitalized on multiple Yellowjacket turnovers and used a balanced offensive attack when they cruised to a 57-22 victory over the Yellowjackets. The Patriots rebounded in a big way after getting trampled by Barnesville to close out 2016. The Patriots closed 2016 with a 60-43 defeat to the Trojans.

Karli Skog led four Patriots in double figures. She finished with 13 points. Olivia Lane added 12 while Corina Ruud and Kristin Skog ended with 10 each.

The Yellowjackets were led in scoring by Josie Beachy. She finished with a team high of seven points.

It was tough sledding for the Yellowjackets in the first half. They struggled to get things going offensively, which allowed the Patriots to stretch an early lead. The Patriots used its length on the perimeter, clogging the passing lanes for the Yellowjackets.

The Patriots trudged out to an early 11-3. However, the Patriots were unable to get a lot of early looks to drop. They stretched the lead to 17-5 before a 3-pointer by Josie Beachy closed it to nine points. It was the closest the Yellowjackets would get in the first half. Pequot Lakes closed out on a 10-3 run, racing out to a 27-11 lead at the break.

After Serena Langen hit from the outside, Pequot Lakes used a 10-0 run sealing the game early in the second half. Pequot Lakes outscored the Yellowjackets, 30-11, in the second half, securing the win.

The Yellowjackets fall to 8-3 overall on the season, while Pequot Lakes improves to 8-1 overall on the season. The Yellowjackets continue their stretch of non-conference games with a road trip to Verndale on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

PQL27 30--57PER11 11--22PQL-Bre Sewall 6, Britt Kratochvil 2, Olivia Lane 12, Corina Ruud 10, Kristin Skog 10, Karli Skog 13, Addie Hubbard 1, Sam Littman 33-point goals-Sewall, Karli SkogPER- Josie Beachy 7, Serena Lange 3, Jadyn Benedict 2, Gabby DeBoer 4, Janie Wunderlich 1, Sara Herrmann 3, Aixa Kolofale 2

3-point goals-Beachy, Langen

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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