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Perham girls advance in 8AA playoffs

The Perham Yellowjackets picked up their 19th win of the season, but most importantly, it was their first playoff win when they captured a 53-44 victory over the Frazee Hornets in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs.

The Yellowjackets used a balanced attack with two players finishing in double figures. Seniors Josie Beachy and Janie Wunderlich finished with 15 and 10 points each in their final game on their home court.

The Hornets struggled to find secondary scoring to go with the play of Paige Ziegler. Ziegler led all scorers with 22 points, yet the Hornets did not have another player in double figures.  Shania Lehman finished with seven points, six of them from the 3-point line.

Once again, the Yellowjackets were able to pull out a victory within 10 points. The ‘Cardiac Kids’ have continued to do that throughout the season, and have shown they are comfortable in those situations.

The Yellowjackets maintained that edge, outscoring the Hornets, 27-25, in the second half, earning the nine point win. Another key for the Yellowjackets was their ability to hit from the charity stripe. The Yellowjackets were 5 of 7 from the line in the second half, after a perfect first half from the line.

The Yellowjackets improve their season mark to 19-8 overall and will face another familiar face in the Section 8AA quarterfinals. The Yellowjackets square off with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.  The Rebels advanced with a 64-50 victory over Crookston. Perham swept the regular season series from DGF, defeating them 66-61 in Glyndon, while defeating the Rebels, 65-64, in Perham.

FRA 19 25--44

PER 26 27--53

FRA- Audreana Fleisher 3, Paige Oswald 2, Shania Lehman 7, Paige Ziegler 22, Hailey Ellingson-Wirth 4, Carly Mahoney 2, Natalie Nudell 4

3-point goals- Fleisher, Lehman 2

PER-Josie Beachy 15, Serena Langen 6, Jadyn Benedict 8, Gabby DeBoer 8, Janie Wunderlich 10, Sara Herrmann 6

3-point goals-Beachy, Langen

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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