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Girls Basketball: Yellowjackets defeat Hornets handily 65-47

The Perham girls basketball (2-4, 5-10) entered Tuesday night's Heart O' Lakes Conference game with Frazee (2-3, 7-9) in a three-way tie at the bottom of the standings but jumped ahead of Barnesville and Breckenridge by one-half game with a 65-47 victory.

"We had a nice team effort tonight," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. "We shot the ball much better than we have in quite awhile, and I think that helped give us a lift on the defensive end as well as the girls played with more intensity."

According to Hornets Head Coach Dave Conzemius, Frazee came into the game with the intent to shut down Katrina Moenkedick and Becky Stoll, which meant, if successful, another Yellowjacket was going to have to step up.

That player was Lexy Karvonen.

"Lexy played her best game of the season," Gullingsrud said.

Karvonen shot 7-8 from the field, including two three-pointers, as she scored a game-high 17 points, her highest output of the season.

The Hornets were able to send Moenkedick to the bench early as she picked up her third foul in the first half. Stoll picked up her third foul early in the second half.

Moenkedick managed to put together her usual game, despite the fouls. She flirted with a triple-double scoring 14 points, gathering nine rebounds and dealing out eight assists.

"She's going to get her points," Conzemius said.

Stoll scored seven points. Emily Tobkin added two threes, eight points total and seven assists.

"It was nice to see Emily and Lexy step up and hit some shots we know they can make," said Gullingsrud.

Suzanne Coleman put up double digits scoring 10 points.

Coleman, Moenkedick, Karvonen, Stoll and Allison Smith combined to shoot 20-25 from inside the arc, an 80 percent field goal percentage.

As a whole, Perham shot 60 percent from the field and 5-11 (45 percent) from three. The Jackets made six of eight free throw attempts (75 percent) on a night they made enough baskets to not need the free throw line.

Perham also won the battle on the boards, outrebounding Frazee 29-21

Alexis Tappe scored 13 to lead Frazee. Ashley Bachmann added 12.

The Jackets never trailed in the game and put up a comfortable 11-point advantage at halftime 33-22.

Perham will face Park Rapids (1-13) tonight, Thursday, January 26, before completing a four-game home stand next Tuesday against HOL foe Pelican Rapids (4-1, 13-4).

The Vikings were previously ranked #10 in their only entry (Jan. 11) into Class 2A polls this season.

Perham results

Frazee at Perham, Tuesday, Jan 24.

Hornets 22 25 -- 47

Jackets 33 32 -- 65

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Scheidecker 0-0-2-2-2; Smith 2-0-0-0-4; Tobkin 1-2-0-0-8; Stoll 2-1-0-0-7; Erickson 0-0-1-2-1; Karvonen 5-2-1-2-17; Moenkedick 6-0-2-2-14; Coleman 5-0-0-0-10; Nelson 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 22-5-6-8-65.

FRA: T. Tappe 0-0-1-4-1; Seeger 1-0-1-3-3; A. Tappe 5-1-0-0-13; McCorquodale 2-0-1-2-5; Tangen 1-0-5-6-7; Hanson 1-0-0-0-2; J. Tappe 2-0-0-0-4. Bachmann 1-2-4-6-12. Team: 13-3-12-21-47.

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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