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Lady Jackets sweep weekend, Von Ruden on a roll

PERHAM — The Perham girls basketball team won their second game in two nights and Ella Von Ruden recorded her second consecutive double-double as the Yellowjackets improved to 7-8 overall with a 56-46 victory over Melrose (7-6).

"It was a game of runs, basically where we would play really intense and make great decisions and push the lead out and then we’d drop off in our intensity, make unwise decisions and they’d cut into the lead," Head Coach TJ Super said.

Von Ruden scored a career-high 20 points to go with 12 rebounds to lead Perham on the offensive end.

Ella Von Ruden/Photo Magic

Perham started the game with a huge run jumping out to an early 21-4 advantage. Melrose answered with a 10-2 run, cutting the Perham lead to 23-14 at the break.

"Ella Von Ruden played awesome in the post," said Super. "She missed a couple in the first half but was an unstoppable rebel force in the second half."

Analea Erickson had a second consecutive night in double figures scoring 15 points.

"Erickson, Brittany Miller, and Tina Scheidecker played really well, also. But we need to be more consistent and in saying that I realize that we’re making great strides in this program, but we’re not looking to settle for making strides, we want to be the best we can be and that’s our goal"

Scheidecker scored eight points, had five rebounds, five steals and a block. Miller dished out six assists, had a steal and scored five points.

The Perham girls program played four games Friday and swept all four games to complete a big weekend.

According to Super, the Junior Varsity took a 22-0 lead into the half and pulled out their second straight blowout win, after playing many close and overtime games this season.

The C-team beat Bemidji, who filled in when yet another team came to town without a C-team. Perham trailed nearly the entire game, but Gabby DeBoer sank two free throws at the end of the game to pull out the 31-30 win.

The 8th graders, who were playing up with the C-team, got a rare opportunity to play a game of their own when Bemidji brought an 8th grade team to town. The girls played a little sluggish in the first half but came out with fire in the second half and blew away the Lumberjacks.

"It was a nice 4 game sweep for the Jackets," Super said.


MEL 14 32 — 46

PER 23 33 — 56

MEL: Sawyer 17, Goerdt 16, Revermann 5, Tschida 4, Van Heel 2, Thompson 2.

PER: Von Ruden 20, Erickson 15, T. Scheidecker 8, Miller 5, Roberts 5, Rutten 3.

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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