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Perham hits from deep in home win

Perham's Lisa Meader focuses in when she gets ready to launch from beyond the arc. Meader hit eight 3-pointers in the win, finishing with 27 points for the Yellowjackets. Jason Groth/FOCUS

It was raining down 3-pointers at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium when the Perham Yellowjackets defeated Breckenridge, 65-53, in a Heart O’Lakes Conference clash on Dec. 7.

Perham junior Lisa Meader led the way with 27 points, connecting on a school record eight 3-pointers in the win.

“I thought we played really well as a team,” Meader said. “There were a couple of times that we did OK, but it was a team win.”

Gabby DeBoer works inside for a basket.

Earlier in the week, Perham head coach T.J. Super asked Meader if she liked shooting 3’s and talked to her about shooting more of them in game action. Meader responded by hitting six of them in the first half. Meader had a nonchalant response in practice and said after the game he told me to shoot, so I shot. She said she felt confident with her shot heading into the game.

“It felt pretty good,” Meader said. “I just kept telling myself to keep shooting it. If you make it, you make it, but just keep going.”

Meader wasn’t the only Yellowjacket to have success from the outside. Rachel Muer hit three 3-pointers in the first half, helping Perham build up a 41-28 lead on the Cowgirls. The Yellowjackets were 11 of 18, unofficially, from beyond the arc in the first half. The success on the outside, opened things up on the inside for Perham.

“It opens it up so much for Gabby (DeBoer), Mesa (Schultz) and Aixa (Kolafale) to drive and they love to do that,” Meader said. “It opens it up for us more because they have to stop the drivers and then we get shots.”

Despite the strong shooting in the first half, Breckenridge hung around, hitting four 3-pointers of their own, but kept themselves in striking distance throughout. Perham’s biggest lead in the first half was 17, but Breckenridge closed on a 9-2 run, cutting the lead to 41-28 at the break.

The Yellowjackets clamped down defensively in the second half. They held the Cowgirls to 15 points.

Perham's Mesa Schultz gets in the passing lane against Breckenridge's Sophie Aigner

“We had to know the scouting report, know the shooters, the drivers and know what their strengths were,” Meader said. “We definitely had to box out this game. It was a good team win.”

The Yellowjackets went cold from beyond the arc, but hit timely shots to keep the lead at double figures.

Muer finished with 13 points with nine of them coming in the first half. Nine players found the scorebook for the Yellowjackets.

Chase Yaggie and Sophie Aigner led the way for the Cowgirls with 10 points each. Ashtyn Kaehler added nine.

The Yellowjackets improve to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference. The Yellowjackets are back home on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on the Frazee Hornets in a Section 8AA playoff rematch and Heart O’Lakes Conference clash.

BRK 28 15--53

PER 41 24--65

BRK-Sophie Aigner 10, Madison King 8, Ashtyn Kaehler 9, Carly Vizenor 7, Grace Conzemius 2, Chase Yaggie 10, Carley Frederickson 5, Claire Conzemius 2.

3-pointers: Aigner 2, King 2, Kaehler, Vizenor, Yaggie. Free Throws: 6-10. Team Fouls: 17. Fouled Out: None

PER-Kolbey Bormann 5, Lisa Meader 27, Katie Zepper 3, Gabby DeBoer 6, Mesa Schultz 3, Lizzy LaFond 2, Aixa Kolofale 4, Rachel Muer 13, Katie Johnson 2.

3-pointers: Bormann, Meader 8, Kolofale, Muer 3. Free Throws: 8-17. Team Fouls: 12. 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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