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Girls Basketball: Rebels eliminate Yellowjackets in 8AA playoffs

In her final game as a Yellowjacket, Katrina Moenkedick scored 17 points to become Perham's all-time leading scorer.1 / 2
Becky Stoll led all scorers with 19 points.2 / 2

Becky Stoll sank five three-pointers and a game-high 19 points, while Katrina Moenkedick's 17 points made her Perham's all-time leading scorer, but the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels got a strong effort from three players in the Rebels' 65-51 8AA playoff victory.

Mandy Mercil led the No. 4-seeded Rebels (19-8) with 18 points and 13 rebounds, recording the games only double-double. Sierra Senske and Kinzie Molstre each scored a dozen for D-G-F.

According to Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud, shooting and rebounding were the big keys to the game.

"We didn't shoot very well as a team and they did, which tends to happen when you play on the road," he said.

The Rebels were 20-41 shooting (48 percent) from the field. Perham shot 16-48 (33 percent). D-G-F also out-rebounded Perham 31-19.

"They also had a sizable advantage on the boards and limited us to one shot per possession all night long," said Gullingsrud. "When you don't shoot well and don't get offensive rebounds it's very difficult to come out on top."

Moenkedick entered Thursday night's game with 1,546 points, nine shy of the all-time record set by her sister Elisa Moenkedick.

The new record is 1,563 points.

Both Moenkedick and Stoll picked up five fouls in the game.

For most of the season, Perham (11-15) the play of Perham's two leading seniors has dictated how the Yellowjackets fared in most contests.

Stoll was 5-9 from behind the arc; she scored 15 of her 19 points from downtown, while the rest of the Yellowjackets were 0-6 from three.

Moenkedick was 7-14 shooting field goals from inside the arc. The rest of the Yellowjackets combined to shoot 6-15.

D-G-F led at halftime 32-26.

Home court was a decided advantage for both clubs in the season series.

Perham defeated D-G-F in Perham 65-56 in late February. D-G-F won their home regular season game over the Yellowjackets 64-49 in mid-January.

In other 8AA South Sub-section games, No. 1 seed Hawley defeated No. 8 Barnesville 53-26.

No. 2 Pelican Rapids beat No. 7 Breckenridge 87-58.

No. 3 Wadena-Deer Creek put a 20-spot up on No. 6 Frazee 58-38.

The 8AA quarterfinals will take place Saturday, March 3 at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Hawley will take on D-G-F. Wadena-Deer Creek will play Pelican Rapids.

In the north half of the bracket, No. 2 Crookston plays No. 3 Pequot Lakes. No. 1 Crosby-Ironton will face No. 5 Roseau. The Rams upset Warroad, the No. 4 seed, 63-53.

North Sub-section games are being played at Bemidji State University.

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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