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Perham dominant at home over Sebeka

Perham's Gabby DeBoer defends Sebeka's Maya Lake and keeps her away from the hoop during the first half of Perham's victory over Sebeka. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Gabby DeBoer and Mesa Schultz dominated the interior, while Kolbey Bormann, Lisa Meader and Rachel Muer were hitting from the outside when the Perham Yellowjackets rolled to an 84-56 victory over Sebeka on Senior Night on Feb. 5.

“It was fun. It was a nice night to have our seniors be honored. We have been in a little funk and it was nice to get out of it,” Perham head coach T.J. Super said. “We played confidently and jumped all over them early, which made it a lot more fun.”

Mesa Schultz defends the paint against Sebeka's Jayde Petersen.

DeBoer and Schultz took control of the game in the first half, driving to the basket strong, making it tough for the Trojans to defend the Yellowjackets. DeBoer finished the game with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Schultz grabbed seven boards for Perham.

With those two attacking in the interior, it opened things up on the outside for the Yellowjackets. Meader hit three first half 3-pointers, Bormann added two and Muer hit one, helping Perham build up a commanding lead on their Park Region Conference rival.

“The girls understood what was happening whether they were playing man, which I thought we executed well, and then they went zone and we struggled to find our rhythm,” Super said. “We got the ball inside and then hit a bunch of 3’s. It was nice to see a bunch of different girls scoring.”

Lisa Meader lines up a 3-pointer against Sebeka.

Super said Schultz and DeBoer are just hard matchup for teams to defend due to their height and quickness. Super said the team understood their spacing, which was something they struggled with during their little slide. He said it was something they improved upon in their last two games.

One bright spot for the Trojans was senior guard Megan Heino joining the 1,000 point club in the first half. She needed seven points to join the club and recorded her seventh at the free throw line. Heino led all Sebeka scorers with 15 points. Maya Lake added 13 points for the Trojans.

The Yellowjackets started strong building up a 49-33 lead, almost catching their total output from Saturday’s victory over Staples-Motley in the first half.

DeBoer started the second half strong with eight early points, putting the game out of reach, allowing the Yellowjackets to cruise in the second half.

Perham improved its season mark to 13-7 and returns to conference play when they host Hawley on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Katie Johnson blankets the Sebeka guard in the first half.

SEB 33 23--56

PER 49 35--84

SEB: Kenzie Nelson 7, Maya Lake 13, Ava Rathcke 4, Jolee Lillquist 5, Madi Bullock 4, Megan Heino 18, Jayde Petersen 5

3-pointers: Nelson, Heino 3. Free Throws: 14-20. Team Fouls: 14. Fouled Out: None

PER: Kolbey Bormann 11, Lisa Meader 11, Katie Zepper 4, Caitlin Sondag 3, Gabby DeBoer 24, Mallory Belka 3, Mesa Schultz 12, Lizzy LaFond 2, Rachel Muer 8, Katie Johnson 3, Grayce Mickelson 2

3-pointers: Bormann 3, Meader 3, Sondag, Belka, Muer 2. Free Throws: 10-19. Team Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: None

Perham 62, Staples-Motley 50

Mesa Schultz and Gabby DeBoer dominated in the paint and the Perham Yellowjackets earned a 62-50 victory over the Staples-Motley Cardinals at the Heart O’Lakes Showcase at the Fargo Civic Center on Feb. 3.

Schultz led all scorers with 20 points, while DeBoer added 18. Katie Johnson hit double figures as well for Perham, finishing with 12 points. Johnson hit two of the team’s four 3-pointers for the Yellowjackets.

Claire Wolhowe led the way for Staples-Motley with 16 points.

The Yellowjackets used a pair of big runs in the game to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

S-M 19 31--50

PER 24 38--62

S-M:Haley Cichos 8, Kaitlyn Smith 2, Kiara Storry 6, Kiera Dumpprope 3, Jenna Dvorak 6, Claire Wolhowe 16, Tabatha Allen 3, Bella Martin 4

3-pointers: Wolhowe. Free Throws: 11-18. Team Fouls: 11. Fouled Out: None

PER: Gabby DeBoer 18, Lizzy LaFond 2, Mesa Schultz 20, Aixa Kolofale 4, Rachel Muer 6, Katie Johnson 12

3-pointers: Muer 2, Johnson 2. Free Throws: 6-13. Team Fouls: 13. Fouled Out:None

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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