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PHS Girls Basketball: Perham survives 3-game road stretch

Steph Miller drives past a Wadena-Deer Creek defender last week as the Jackets picked up a 58-41 over the Wolverines. Brian Hansel/Wadena PJ

John George

The Lady Jacket basketball team had an unusually rough schedule last week. Not only did they have to play on three consecutive days, all three were on the road.

"It's not ideal," said Perham head coach John Gullingsrud prior to the run. He added that the team really misses the practice time between games to make adjustments.

But his Jackets managed the stretch pretty well, taking two of the three games.

The girls had nearly a week off prior to their game at Wadena-Deer Creek last Thursday. The time off didn't seem to bother them in a 58-41 win over their Section 8AA rivals.

Steph Miller was 4-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, and finished with 16 points and four assists to lead the Jackets. Elisa Moenkedick also put in 16 points to go with 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

The Wolverines (4-13) entered the game having snapped an 11-game losing streak with back-to-back blowout wins over Menahga and Park Rapids. Perham has now won nine in a row over W-DC.

Nuggets remain perfect

The middle game of the Jackets "road trip" was probably the most important. It was a rematch with No. 5-AA Hawley. The Nuggets had snapped Perham's 27-game Heart O' Lakes Conference winning streak n Dec. 18. Hawley remained unbeaten on the season with a 55-41 win Friday night.

"It was a tough one at Hawley," Gullingsrud said. "They were really physical and we just didn't make enough shots to keep it closer in the second half."

Hawley's physical play was evident with the inside game. The Nuggets outrebounded Perham, 36-25. Their defensive pressure affected the Jackets shooting percentage as well. Perham was 0-for-7 from 3-point land, and 19-for-61 from the floor overall (31 percent).

Hawley was much better from the field, shooting 46 percent (22-for-48), while going 2-for-2 on 3-pointers.

Both team's had three players in double figures. But Hawley's big-three combined for 43 points. Perham's trio, Jessica Speicher, Katrina Moenkedick and Elisa Moenkedick, combined for 33.

Rebound win

The Perham girls were able to rebound from their fourth loss of the season on Saturday night, with a 56-45 win in Glyndon over D-G-F.

"We had a great defensive effort at D-G-F tonight," Gullingsrud said. "We got a few more shots to fall which helped.

Katrina Moenkedick was all over the court. She led all scorers with 28 points, shooting 12-for-17 from the floor. The sophomore also had 12 rebounds and seven steals, and went 4-for-5 from the line.

"Katrina really carried us with her energy and defense," Gullingsrud said. "She was all over the place and played one of her better games of the year when we really needed it."

The Lady Jackets edged D-G-F on Dec. 14, 59-55, for their third-straight win over the Rebels.


After three straight on the road, the Lady Jackets will now get four in a row at home. They begin that stretch by hosting Barnesville tonight (Feb. 11). Perham has won five in a row over the Trojans, including a 76-51 win on Jan. 5.

On Feb. 12, Perham will make-up their snowed out game against New York Mills.

The Jackets have won five in a row over Mills. The Eagles last win in the series was a 44-40 overtime victory in December, 2003.

The final home conference game will be Feb. 16 against West Central Area. WCA gave the Lady Jackets a scare on Jan. 8, but Perham prevailed, 72-68, for their fourth straight win over the Knights.

Thursday, February 4

Perham 58, Wadena-Deer Creek 41

Perham 29-29--58

W-DC 17-24--41

Jackets--Steph Miller 16, Elisa Moenkedick 16, Kaylan Huber 9, Katrina Moenkedick 8, Becky Stoll 3, Kelli Meehl 2, Jessica Speicher 2, Jessica Dreier 2.

Wolverines--Volkman 9, Jackson 8, Toedter 5, Crawford 5, Miron 5, Volkman 5, Carlisle 2, Craig 2.

2-pointers--P 14/41, WDC 12/45; 3-pointers--P 8/19, WDC 3/11; Free Throws--P 6/16, WDC 8/14; Rebounds--P 38 (E. Moenkedick 13), WDC 30; Assists--P 17 (Miller, Huber 4), WDC 12; Steals--P 10 (E. Moenkedick 4), WDC 5; Turnovers--P 14, WDC 16; Team Fouls--P 14, WDC 15.

Friday, February 5

#5-AA Hawley 55, Perham 41

Perham 23-18--41

Hawley 28-27--55

Jackets--Jessica Speicher 12, K. Moenkedick 11, E. Moenkedick 10, Stoll 4, Meehl 2, Miller 2.

Nuggets--Stoa 17, Olson 13, Noreen 13, Sannes 5, Amann 5, Grefsrud 2.

2-pointers--P 19/54, H 20/46; 3-pointers--P 0/7, H 2/2; Free Throws--P 3/10, H 9/13; Rebounds--P 25 (E. Moenkedick 8), H 36; Assists--P 16 (Miller 5), H 15; Steals--P 11 (K. Moenkedick 4), H 3; Turnovers--P 9, H 18; Team Fouls--P 16, H 15.

Saturday, February 6

Perham 56, D-G-F 45

Perham 26-30--56

D-G-F 18-27--45

Jackets--K. Moenkedick 28, E. Moenkedick 10, Miller 6, Speicher 6, Huber 4, Meehl 2.

Rebels--Mercil 12, Casler 10, Mathison 8, Matthews 4, Thompson 4, Fischer 3, Brinkman 2, Yliniemi 2.

2-pointers--P 19/43, DGF 12/34; 3-pointers--P 2/8, DGF 5/22; Free Throws--P 12/21, DGF 6/9; Rebounds--P 31 (K. Moenkedick 12), DGF 19; Assists--P 15 (Miller 6), DGF 13; Steals--P 9 (K. Moenkedick 7), DGF 11; Turnovers--P 19, DGF 18; Team Fouls--P 15, DGF 15.

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

#5-AA Hawley 13-0 18-0

Perham 11-3 14-4

West Central Area 10-4 14-4

D-G-F 9-5 12-7

Barnesville 8-7 11-8

Pelican Rapids 7-7 11-7

Frazee 4-10 6-13

Lake Park-Audubon 3-11 5-13

Breckenridge 3-11 3-14

Ulen-Hitterdal 2-12 3-15