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Perham girls earn key road win

The Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team earned a pivotal Heart O'Lakes Conference victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Jan. 24. It was the 11th victory of the season for the Yellowjackets and one of its marquee wins of the season.

The Yellowjackets have struggled in the past in the Glyndon gymnasium, but overcame those struggles, holding off a second half surge from the Rebels.

Jadyn Benedict had a strong first half for the Yellowjackets, She hit four 3-pointers in the first half, on her way to a team high of 16 points. Serena Langen finished with 10 points, while Gabby DeBoer added 12 points.

The Rebels used a strong second half with Natalie Steichen scoring 24 of 26 points in the second half. Grace Steichen added 15 points, with 11 of her points coming in the second half.

The Yellowjackets return home for another key section and Heart O'Lakes conference clash when they take on Barnesville at 7:30 p.m. The Yellowjackets hope to avenge an early season defeat against the Trojans, who defeated them in Barnesville. Barnesville defeated Perham, 56-34, in their prior matchup. The Yellowjackets improve to 11-3 overall on the season and sit at 5-1 in the HOL.

Barnesville enters the game with a 13-3 record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the HOL. The tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium.

PER 34 32--66

DGF 21 40--61

PER-Josie Beachy 6, Serena Langen 10, Jadyn Benedict 16, Gabby DeBoer 12, Janie Wunderlich 7, Sara Herrmann 6, Aixa Kolofale 6, Leah Muer 1

3-point goals-Langen, Benedict 4

DGF-Natalie Steichen 26, Kaitlyn Brenna 4, Rae Critchley 5, Grace Steichen 15, Shelby Mulliken 9, Allie Critchley 2

3-point goals-Natalie Steichen 4, Critchley

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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