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K. Moenkedick leads Perham to 57-28 win over Spartans

Ted Fiskevold

EOT Illustrated

Sophomore Katrina Moenkedick led the Yellowjacket girl's basketball team with 18 points in last Thursday's away game while her sister, senior Elisa, racked up 11 points as second ranking Jacket scorer.

The Yellowjackets scored more than twice as many points as the Ulen-Hitterdal Spartans in the 57-28 victory, and the Moenkedick sisters together swished home 29 of the 57 points.

"The game started off slow," Perham Coach John Gullingsrud said in an interview. "It was 7-6 with 12 minutes left in the first half and then we went on a 30-2 run that put the game out of reach." The score at half-time was 37-8.

But it was hard to keep that kind of intensity up, Gullingsrud added, and then proudly announced that "12 of the girls played and everybody saw a lot of floor time...four other girls scored six or seven points." Becky Stoll and Ashley Lehman each scored seven while Kalen Huber and Jessica Speicher scored six points each.

Although the game was a make-up game from Jan. 22, it was the final game in regular season play for the Yellowjackets as they finish the season with a 20-5 win-loss record.

The first play-off game will be Thursday, March 4 and that will be a home game at the Prairie Wind Middle School Gym in Perham. The Jackets are the third seed but it is still not known who they will play on Thursday. There are nine teams in the south half of Section 8AA of which the girl Yellowjackets are one; and eight teams in the north half of Section 8AA.

"We've got some real tough seeds in the south half-like undefeated Hawley, ranked number one in Section 8AA and tenth statewide in the Class 2A-but if we keep playing like we played last night the Yellowjackets are definitely contenders," Gullingsrud stated with optimism.