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Lady Jackets hold off NY Mills

By John George sports@eot.com For the second time in as many weeks, the north basket at Prairie Wind Gymnasium was unkind to all who threw a shot at it. The Perham girls were able to build a big enough lead in the first half shooting at the south...

By John George

sports@eot.com

For the second time in as many weeks, the north basket at Prairie Wind Gymnasium was unkind to all who threw a shot at it. The Perham girls were able to build a big enough lead in the first half shooting at the south end, and held off a late New York Mills run to win, 34-31.

Perham started the game with a 9-0 run, with five points coming from Tara Sailer. The Lady Eagles (9-6, 4-2 Park Region) went the first 10 minutes of the game without a field goal before Bobbi Smith hit a shot in the lane, making the score 11-3. Perham had their biggest lead at 21-5 before Mills scored a couple of late baskets to make the score 22-10 at the half.

Mills would shoot just 3-for-21 from the field in the first half going towards the North basket.

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Perham would open a 29-16 lead in the second half on Sailers second 3-pointer, then called a timeout when Tiffany Schroeer had to leave the game for health reasons.

The Eagles began their comeback with 9:15 to play on a Kristen Perala 3-pointer, cutting Perham's lead to 10. Perham, meanwhile, was in the midst of a 3-for-22 slump in the second half, while shooting at the north basket.

When Perala scored again with 1:22 to play, she cut the Jacket lead to one at 32-31, capping a 15-3 run for NY Mills. The Eagles missed an opportunity to take the lead with 37 seconds left with a pair of free throws. Sailer connected on her free throws four seconds later for Perham, leaving the final at 34-31.

"I don't know what it is with us and second halves," said Perham head coach Keith Johnson. "We have a let down at halftime. Maybe we should skip the halftime pep-talk and just warm-up on the other rim the whole time. Maybe I'm getting a bit too long winded with my halftime speaches and lull them to sleep.

"Give them (NY Mills) credit," Johnson continued. "Things didn't go their way in the first half and they shook it off and played very well in the second. They are a very good team we were lucky to beat."

The Lady Eagles did shoot 47 percent (8-for-17) from inside the 3-point arc in the second half and outrebounded Perham 32-27. Mills has not won in the series since Dec. 2003 (0-4) when they beat the Jackets in overtime, 44-40.

Perham ends 3-game slide

The Lady Jackets opened a huge first half lead against Pelican Rapids Thursday night and went on to a 76-39 win to snap a three-game losing streak.

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Tiffany Schroeer scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half as Perham took a commanding 43-19 lead at the midway point.

Moenkedick scored 16, one of five Perham players in double figures. Sailer, Schroeer and Formanek each scored 12 with Miller pitching in with 11. Sailer also had 10 assists and six steals on the night while Schroeer, Formanek, Miller and Becca Peloquin each pulled down five rebounds.

Eagles win ugly at Henning

Mills overcame a poor shooting night with a strong defensive effort last Friday in a 43-35 win at Henning.

The Eagles shot just 25 percent from the field (13-for-52), but they were 4-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. Kristen Perala was 3-for-5 from 3-point land in the first half as Mills held on to a 32-23 halftime lead. Perala finished with 12 points and four assists.

"Kristen had a good first half as far as shooting the ball hitting three 3-pointers," NY Mills head coach Dave Paavola said. "The second half we couldn't get anything to drop, but our defense keep us in the lead and we made a few free throws down the stretch to win. It certainly wasn't our best performance of the year but it was a win."

Despite scoring just 11 points in the second half, the Eagles held Henning to just 12 points and 28.5 percent shooting for the game (14-for-49). NY Mills hit less than 50 percent at the charity stripe (13-for-29), but they outscored Henning (3-12, 0-6 Park Region) by nine points at the line as the Hornets went just 4-for-9 in freebies.

Rutten led Mills with 17 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Heather McCall added six points to go with eight boards.

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Win at U-H

A strong defensive effort in the first half was the key to Perham's 52-33 win at Ulen-Hitterdal Tuesday night.

The Spartans (3-12, 1-10 HOL) hit just two shots from the field in the first half and were held to nine points as Perham took a 19-point halftime lead.

Elisa Moenkedick led the Jackets with 18 points and seven rebounds. Schroeer added 14 points and six boards.

Jackets slow down

Perham (10-6, 6-5 HOL) will host Breckenridge Jan. 25, then take nearly a week off before traveling to D-G-F Jan. 31. The Lady Jackets crushed Breckenridge (3-13, 2-9 HOL) in their first meeting this year, 59-29.

2nd run through conference

The Eagles (9-6, 4-2 Park Region) begin their second run through the conference when they host Bertha-Hewitt tonight (Jan. 24) at the NY Mills Sports Center. Mills beat the Bears (5-9, 2-4 Park Region) on Dec. 7, 49-43.

The Lady Eagles will then travel to Verndale (5-7, 2-4 Park Region) on Jan. 29. They beat the Pirates on Dec. 11, 63-21.

Thursday, January 17

Perham 76, Pelican Rapids 39

Pelican Rapids 19-20--39

Perham 43-33--76

Jackets--Elisa Moenkedick 16, Tara Sailer 12, Tiffany Schroeer 12, Sara Formanek 12, Steph Miller 11, Steph Wieczorek 5, Rachel Pfeffer 4, Becca Peloquin 2.

Pelican Rapids--Hoyer 15, Bjerke 11, Haugen 6, Colman 5, Ouren 2.

Field Goals--P 26/54, PR 7; 3-pointers--P 3/6, PR 6; Free Throws--P 15/20, PR 7/19; Rebounds--P 40 (4 tied with 5); Assists--P 24 (Sailer 10); Steals--P 25 (Miller, Sailer 6); Turnovers--P 16; Team Fouls--P 19, PR 14.

Friday, January 18

New York Mills 43, Henning 35

NYM 32-11--43

Henning 23-12--35

Eagles--Hannah Rutten 17, Kristen Perala 12, Heather McCall 6, Emily Salo 5, Kendra McCall 2, Betsy Helmeke 1.

Field Goals--NYM 9/43, H 14/32; 3-pointers--NYM 4/9, H 3/17; Free Throws--NYM 13/29, H 4/11; Rebounds--NYM 46 (Rutten 15); Assists--NYM 8 (Perala 4); Steals--NYM 10 (Rutten 5); Turnovers--NYM 15; Team Fouls--NYM , H .

Monday, January 21

Perham 34, New York Mills 31

NYM 10-21--31

Perham 22-12--34

Jackets--Sailer 10, Schroeer 7, Peloquin 6, Formanek 5, Miller 2, Moenkedick 2.

Eagles--H. McCall 7, Rutten 7, Perala 7, Bobbi Smith 4, Salo 2, Morgan Kahilainen 2, Kendra McCall 1, Sam Welter 1.

Field Goals--P 11/35, NYM 11/38; 3-pointers--P 2/9, NYM 1/5; Free Throws--P 6/16, NYM 6/12; Rebounds--P 27 (Schroeer 5), NYM 32 (Rutten 10); Assists--P 7, NYM 2; Steals--P 16 (Moenkedick 4), NYM 14 (Rutten 5); Turnovers--P 23, NYM 25; Team Fouls--P 15, NYM 15.

Tuesday, January 22

Perham 52, Ulen-Hitterdal 33

Perham 28-24--52

U-H 9-24--33

Jackets--Moenkedick 18, Schroeer 14, Sailer 11, Januszewski 4, Wieczorek 3, Emily Lindberg 1, Miller 1.

Spartans--Ciernia 7, Schultz 6, Hilde 5, Eillmer 4, Wirres 4, Tweeton 3, Erickson 2, Schultz 2.

Field Goals--P 17, UH 9; 3-pointers--P 2, UH 2; Free Throws--P 11/18, UH 9/21; Rebounds--P 29 (Moenkedick 7); Assists--P 15 (Sailer 4); Steals--P 11 (Schroeer, Sailer 3); Turnovers--P 20; Team Fouls--P 18, UH 19.

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

#10AA Hawley 10-0 12-2

WCA 9-2 13-3

D-G-F 9-2 10-5

Frazee 6-5 13-5

Lake Park-Audubon 6-5 10-6

Perham 6-5 10-6

Barnesville 3-8 4-12

Pelican Rapids 2-8 5-10

Breckenridge 2-9 3-13

Ulen-Hitterdal 1-10 3-12

Park Region Conf. All

Sebeka 6-0 14-3

Menahga 4-2 11-5

New York Mills 4-2 9-6

Pillager 3-3 6-8

Verndale 2-4 5-7

Bertha-Hewitt 2-4 5-9

Henning 0-6 3-12

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