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Hornets snuff late Yellowjacket rally

Maria Rutten receives a feed from Brittany Miller while banging down low with Frazee's Taylor Tappe. Rutten led Perham with 22 points. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — Whitney Janu drained a three-pointer out of a timeout with two minutes remaining in the game to stifle a late Yellowjacket rally in Frazee’s Heart O’ Lakes Conference girls basketball victory 69-58 Thursday evening on Senior Night.

The Hornets sunk eight threes in the game shooting 44 percent from behind the arc. Perham made four shots from deep out of 12 attempts (33 percent), accounting for a 12-point differential in an 11-point ballgame.

Frazee’s hot shooting in the first half helped the Hornets build a 14-point advantage at the break up 36-22.

Maria Rutten was hot for Perham in the early stages taking feeds from Brittany Miller down low to score the Yellowjackets first dozen points. Frazee led Rutten and Perham 13-12 out of the gate.

The Hornets kept Perham at a distance out of the halftime break until the midway point at 9:55 when a Josie Beachy basket got Perham to within single digits at 46-37.

Tina Scheidecker cut the lead to six points on a drive to the basket around the paint on a nice play using multiple screens to cut the lead to 50-44.

Frazee continued to answer on the offensive end to keep the Perham rally at bay.

Kennady Barlund hit a three from the top of the key to push the lead back to nine.

Analea Erickson brought Perham to within six points again on a slick crossover move down the baseline to make the game 56-50 with 2:46 to play.

Josi Tappe and Sydney Roberts traded baskets leading to a timeout at the two-minute mark.

Out of the timeout, Janu hit her three-pointer and forced Perham to foul after a baseline jumper from Brittany Miller would not fall.

Tappe and Rutten led all scorers with 22 points each. Rutten fouled out of the game with 43.3 seconds remaining.

Frazee had four players in double figures getting 13 points from Taylor Tappe, 11 from Barlund and 10 from Janu.

Tina Scheidecker had her second straight game in double digits scoring 10 points for Perham. Erickson also scored 10. Beachy added seven points.

Perham shot well from the floor making 20 of 35 shots (57 percent). Frazee was 13 of 28 (46 percent). As the season has progressed, Perham has become a much more aggressive team on the offensive end and it shows in the number of players willing to drive to the hoop for open looks at makeable shots.

The Hornets scored from the lines to win the game adding to their four three-point basket margin by getting to the charity stripe 25 times making 19 to just 4-12 for the Yellowjackets.

Perham committed 21 fouls to only eight by Frazee.

Perham falls to 9-14 overall and 2-8 in the HOL.

Frazee is 2-9 in the conference and improved to a .500 record overall at 11-11.

Perham three seniors, Scheidecker, Erickson and Alexis Tangen all started the game at the opening tip.

The Yellowjackets are off until next Tuesday when they will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-9, 4-5). The Rebels won the first meeting Jan. 17 58-46 at Glyndon.

In other action around the HOL, Hawley (7-2) kept their conference title hopes alive with a big upset at Pelican Rapids blowing out the Vikings 61-36 in only the second loss for Pelican Rapids this season (17-2, 8-1). Pelican has three HOL games remaining against Barnesville, Breckenridge and Perham. Hawley has won eight straight games and finishes their conference schedule against Breckenridge, Frazee and D-G-F.

Hawley has won four consecutive HOL titles dating back to 2009-2010. Perham was the last team to win the conference in 2008 when the Jackets ran the table en route to a section final berth.

Breckenridge had their hands full Thursday night losing to undefeated (20-0) No. 1 Fergus Falls 62-31. 

Barnesville and D-G-F were postponed due to weather conditions in the Barnesville area.

HOL Standings:

Pelican Rapids 8-1

Hawley 7-2

Barnesville 6-3

Breckenridge 4-5

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 4-5

Perham 2-8

Frazee 2-9


FRA 36 33 — 69

PER 22 36 — 58

FRA: J. Tappe 22; T. Tappe 13; Barlund 11; Janu 10; Oswald 9; Smith 4.

PER: Rutten 22; T. Scheidecker 10; Erickson 10; Beachy 7; Roberts 6; Miller 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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