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Girls Basketball: Yellowjackets run away from Eagles 73-42

Becky Stoll lays in two of her 13 points in Perham's victory over New York Mills Tuesday night. Bob Williams/FOCUS.

The Perham Yellowjackets (2-3) won their second straight game after opening the season with three losses earning a 73-42 home victory over Highway 10 rival New York Mills (1-3) Tuesday evening.

"I thought we played some good stretches of basketball but are still looking to put together a consistent effort on both offense and defense," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

The game was competitive midway through the first half before a Perham run put the score out of reach by halftime 46-20.

The Yellowjackets could have made the margin larger from the free throw line, but shot only nine of 23 at the stripe.

"We were not very focused on our free throws which will definitely hurt us in close games."

The Eagles were slightly better on their free throw attempts, making 43 percent (7-16). However, New York Mills struggled from the field shooting only 30 percent (16-52).

Both teams turned the ball over. Perham gave the ball up 20 times to NY Mills 25. The Eagles scored 10 points off turnovers, while the Yellowjackets scored 20 points off of Eagle errors.

"We are still having too many unforced turnovers on the offensive end which puts us in tough spots on defense as well."

Perham scored many of their points from close to the basket, translating into a 45 percent field goal shooting ratio (32-70). The Jackets only attempted one three-point shot.

Katrina Moenkedick led all scorers with 24 points, shooting accurately 11 of 14 times from the field. The Eagles struggled to control the Yellowjackets' leader in limited minutes, due to the score differential. Becky Stoll had 13 points for Perham.

Analea Erickson continued her consistent play for Perham with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Ellie Rutten led the Eagles with 13 points. Jenna Esala had a dozen points. Kristen Kane added eight.

In all, 10 of 14 Yellowjackets got on the score sheet in the game.

The Eagles struggled to work out of their set offense, while Perham moved the ball quickly up the floor scoring many of their points in transition.

"I really liked our energy, which got us in the up-tempo style we like to play," said Gullingsrud.

Perham plays next Thursday, Dec. 15 at Barnesville in a game they should have a good chance at evening their record at three wins and losses. The Trojans are winless (0-4) this season.

NY Mills travels to Bertha Thursday to face the 3-2 Bears.

Perham/NY Mills results

New York Mills at Perham, Tuesday, December 13.

Jackets 46 27 -- 73

Eagles 20 22 -- 42

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Berns 0-0-0-0-2; Scheidecker 1-0-1-1-3; Smith 2-0-0-2-4; Tobkin 3-0-0-2-6; Stoll 3-0-3-4-13; Miller 2-0-1-2-5; Erickson 5-0-1-6-11; Moenkedick 11-0-2-4-24; Coleman 1-0-1-2-3; Nelson 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 32-0-9-23-73.

NYM: Kane 1-2-0-0-8; Esala 3-1-3-3-12; Barvels 1-0-0-2-2; Hendrickx 2-0-1-1-5; Rutten 5-0-3-6-13; Makinen 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 13-3-7-16-42.

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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