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Girls Basketball: Last minute Frazee shot stings Yellowjackets

McKinzie Tangen won the game for the Hornets on this uncontested lay-up with five seconds remaining. Bob Williams/FOCUS1 / 2
Lexy Karvonen sparked a late Yellowjacket rally with five points on back-to-back trips up the floor late in the game. Bob Williams/FOCUS2 / 2

The Frazee Hornets zapped some energy from what was a streaking Perham girls basketball team in a low-scoring Hornet 37-35 victory in Frazee Thursday evening.

"Our girls just didn't play with the intensity and focus that we needed to, especially when we are on the road like tonight," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said.

McKinzie Tangen got loose under the basket in the waning second and made the game-winning lay-up uncontested. That lay-up was Tangen's only score of the game.

Becky Stoll launched a desperation heave at the buzzer but found no iron.

A controversial traveling call on Katrina Moenkedick with 27 seconds remaining set Frazee up with the last shot. Moenkedick was in the process of making a pass but was whistled quickly before the ball left her hands.

Perham led by five at the break, 18-13, but were unable to shake the Hornets in the second half.

Stoll and Moenkedick, Perham's top two scorers, both picked up their third fouls with six minutes gone in the second half.

The score was tied at 23, 25 and 33, before a Moenkedick bucket tied the game at 35 heading into the final 90 seconds.

At six minutes remaining, a string of four turnovers, two from each team, plus a Moenkedick miss on a lay-up highlighted a minute of mayhem as players were flying around the court trying to control the ball.

In a game decided by one basket, free throw shooting was critical.

Frazee had the upper hand sinking nine of 12. The Yellowjackets, on the other hand, sealed their fate making only three of 10 attempts.

"We didn't shoot free throws well, turned the ball over too much, and didn't get the defensive stops when we needed to in the last two minutes of the game," Gullingsrud said.

Perham turned the ball over 19 times, Frazee--22.

Frazee's Alexis Tappe led all scorers with 14 points. Ashley Bachmann had 10 points, including two big three-point baskets.

Lexy Karvonen led a five-point surge of her own on back-to-back trips up the floor with four minutes remaining to keep Perham in the game. Karvonen had seven points in the game.

Stoll led all Perham shooters with 11 points. Moenkedick had an uncharacteristic eight points.

In a seven-game stretch where Perham won six of those games, the Jackets averaged 61 points per game.

In the past two games versus Hawley and Frazee, Perham has tallied 67 points, an average of 33.5 points per game.

Perham drops to a record of 10-12 overall and 5-6 in the Heart O' Lakes Conference.

Frazee improves to 5-5 and 12-11 overall.

The last second loss at Frazee has been a common theme for Perham this season, having lost multiple games in the last minute.

Something that has happened much too often it seems, according to Gullingsrud.

Perham results

Perham at Frazee, Thursday, Feb. 16.

Jackets 18 17 -- 35

Hornets 13 24 -- 37

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Smith 1-0-0-0-2; Tobkin 1-0-0-2-2; Stoll 4-1-0-2-11; Erickson 2-0-0-0-4; Karvonen 2-1-0-0-7; Moenkedick 3-0-2-4-8; Coleman 0-0-1-2-1. Team: 13-2-3-10-35.

FRA: T. Tappe 1-0-5-8-7; A. Tappe 3-2-2-2-14; McCorquodale 1-0-2-2-4; Tangen 1-0-0-0-2; Bachmann 2-2-0-0-10. Team: 8-4-9-12-37.

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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