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GBB: Perham wins at Menahga

MENAHGA — The Perham girls basketball team finished a rough stretch of three games in four days with a 46-31 victory at Menahga in non-conference action.

Both teams struggled to find a rhythm early until Perham took a 10-point lead late in the first half.

The Braves answered with a trio of threes to cut Perham’s lead to a bucket 23-21 at the break.

“When we got the ball inside we scored, when we didn’t get it in, we didn’t score,” Head Coach TJ Super said.

The Jackets shot 1-9 from the three point line in the first half..

“In the second half, we made a concerted effort to get the ball, often passing on wide open jumpers to make a couple extra passes to get a layup.”

Ella Von Ruden and Maria Rutten exposed an advantage at the post for Perham. Both players scored in double figures. Von Ruden led all scorers with 16 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Rutten added 11 points. Tina Scheidecker scored eight.

Sydney Roberts was nearly held off the scoreboard with one point but dished out a career-high six assists.

“The second half was really about the defensive effort, though,” said Super. “We did a great job pushing them towards the half line, deflecting passes and challenging all shot attempts.”

Perham held Menahga to only four points in the second half up to the 90-second mark. The Braves cashed in on a pair of late threes, but only scored 10 second half points.

“It was a phenomenal defensive effort.”

Perham (8-11, 2-5) is off until Thursday when they will resume Heart O’ Lakes Conference play hosting Barnesville (12-3, 4-3).


PER 23 23 — 46

MEN 21 10 — 31

PER: Von Ruden 16, Rutten 11, T. Scheidecker 8, Beachy 6, Erickson 4, Roberts 1.

MEN: Allebach 9, Stifter 8, Skoog 6, Anderson 3, Novak 3, Lake 2.

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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