The Perham girls basketball turned up the intensity in the second half and pulled away for a 60-47 victory over the Pequot Lakes Patriots on Jan. 2 in Pequot Lakes.
Perham head coach TJ Super said they were sluggish in the first half, playing to the pace of the Patriots. However, it changed in the second half. He said the team came out with more intensity and really took it to the Patriots.
Perham used a balanced attack in the second half to put up 41 points, while slowing down the Patriots. Lacy Richter led three players in double figures for Perham. She finished with 17 points. Rachel Muer added 16 points, while Gabby DeBoer ended the night with 15 points. DeBoer attacked the hoop in the second half, finishing with all 15 of her points in the second half. Muer and Richter were lethal from the 3-point line. They both hit four 3-pointers, giving the Yellowjackets a nice inside-out game.
The Yellowjackets play in the post was key as well, holding Olivia Lane to 11 points. Karli Skog led the way for Pequot Lakes when she finished with 19 points. Erika Lane added 10 points for the Patriots.
The Yellowjackets capitalized against the Patriots’ defense in the second half. When the Patriots went to a zone, Richter and Muer connected from the outside, forcing the Patriots out of it.
The Yellowjackets moved to 6-3 overall with the victory. They travel to Thief River Falls on Thursday, Jan. 4, taking on the Prowlers in a boys/girls basketball doubleheader. Tip off for the girls game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Perham 19 41--60
Pequot Lakes 23 24--47
PER-Lacy Richter 17, Gabby DeBoer 15, Mesa Schultz 7, Lizzy LaFond 3, Aixa Kolofale 2, Rachel Muer 16
3-pointers: Richter 4, Muer 4. Free Throws: 10-14. Team Fouls:14. Fouled Out: Schultz