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Yellowjacket girls swarm Hornets

Steph Miller shoots a lay-up in the Perham victory at Frazee Monday night. Miller scored 12 points to go with four assists and three rebounds.1 / 2
Katrina Moenkedick led all scorers with 23 points in a lopsided conference victory at Frazee Monday night.2 / 2

The Perham girls basketball team was not as unpleasant to Frazee as the boys team last week, but the Yellowjackets built a quick double digit lead in the early minutes of Monday's contest and kept the Hornets at bay defeating Frazee 64-41.

"The girls came out and played well in the first half despite missing a few layups and shots close to the basket," Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

Frazee would get as close as eight points before entering the locker room at the half down 15 points, 39-24, due, largely in part, to Katrina Moenkedick's 14 first half points.

"We shot well from the outside making five threes which helped to offset some of the easy shots we missed inside."

The Yellowjacket defense was in full form and if it was not for some missed easy baskets early in the second half the game could have been a blowout.

"Frazee is always a challenge to defend as they run their half court sets crisply and space the floor with their shooters."

Perham kept Frazee at bay doubling up the ball and creating turnovers with a pressing half court trap.

"I thought our girls played good pressure defense overall and came up with a few steals that led to easy baskets for us and gave us a nice cushion in the game that we were able to maintain."

Perham improves to 12-1 overall. Frazee drops to 6-7.

Alexis Tappe led the Hornets with 19 points.

Moenkedick led all scorers with 23 points. Steph Miller had 12. Lexi Karvonen was strong all around with eight points and eight boards.

Perham 59, Hawley 48

Ryan Clark

Forum Communications

HAWLEY, Minn. - What's become a common theme for the Hawley girls basketball team is what led to its demise.

Steals, pressure in the paint, shadowing a ball handler. Doesn't matter. The Perham girls basketball team did it all, forcing 17 turnovers in a 59-48 upset over No. 5 Hawley on Thursday to snap the Nuggets' 25-game home winning streak and 37-game regular season winning streak.

"The main focus for the game was on the defensive end," said Perham coach John Gullingsrud. "We can score, but defensively the goal was keeping the guards guarding the basket and make them take shots. We know they can shoot, but we wanted them to take those longer shots."

What's weird about this is Hawley (7-1) finds itself where Perham (11-1) was nearly a week ago by suffering its first loss of the season among other things.

Gullingsrud said Perham's 63-37 loss to No. 9 Pequot Lakes did more for the team than just a loss.

He said it made the team refocus and re-adjust its priorities. No one else benefitted from that lesson more than Katrina Moenkedick, who had three points in the loss the Pequot Lakes, the lowest since her freshman year.

Moenkedick scored 21 points, but 14 of them came off steals.

What she did was pretty simple. She always stayed near the top of the key just waiting for a pass. Once a pass was made she'd take off, grab the ball and make every open lay-up she got.

"Defense before offense was the main goal tonight," the junior forward said. "We just worked really hard together and made sure we had everything covered."

Perham started by taking away Hawley's inside presence by blanketing and handcuffing 6-1 Drew Sannes when she got the pall in the post.

It worked for a bit with Perham fighting off a 9-4 hole going on a 16-3 run for a 20-12 lead.

An eight-point margin was the closest Hawley got at any point during the game with Perham always finding ways to keep a large lead.

Hawley hadn't lost at home for exactly two years when it lost to West Central Area on Jan. 13, 2009.

With that in mind, it's safe to say Hawley's not going to have any love when it travels to Perham on Valentine's Day on a rematch.

"I think we really don't ever talk about the records but I am sure the kids do," said Hawley coach Bill Gottenborg.

"They are going to come back determined. They're good kids, they work hard in practice and they're going to learn from this game."

Half: P 38, H 25

P, Meehl 3, Miller 4, Huber 7, Stoll 14, Karvonen 7, Moenkedick 21.

H, Noreen 8, Lura 2, Olson 2, Peterman 4, Amann 6, D. Sannes 10, A. Sannes 14.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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