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Late rally stops Yellowjackets from upending Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls used a late rally, knocking off the Perham Yellowjackets 50-45 in a non-conference girls basketball game in Thief River Falls on Jan. 4.

The Yellowjackets led by 10 with five minutes and 37 seconds left in the game, but Thief River Falls caught fire from beyond the arc in the closing minutes, erasing the deficit and sending the game into overtime.

The Yellowjackets kept Kylea Praska and Tiahna Nicholson in check for most of the game, but Praska caught fire late, finishing with 15 points. She had four points with about five minutes remaining in the game. Alexa Rogalla led the way for Thief River Falls, finishing with 17 points.

Aixa Kolofale had a strong game inside the paint defensively for the Yellowjackets, working on Nicholson. TJ Super said the team communicated well on the defensive side of the ball.

However, missed free throws late hurt the Yellowjackets. They missed five free throws in the second half and overtime. The Yellowjackets were able to get open looks, but just could not get the shots to drop.

Mesa Schultz led the Yellowjackets with 12 points. Rachel Muer and Lacy Richter finished with eight points each.

The Yellowjackets move to 6-4 overall and return to action with a Monday evening clash against New York Mills. The Eagles and the Yellowjackets tip off at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8. 

PER 20 21 4--45

TRF 16 25 9--50

PER-Kolbey Bormann 3, Lacy Richter 8, Lisa Meader 3, Gabby DeBoer 6, Mesa Schultz 12, Aixa Kolofale 5, Rachel Muer 8.

3-pointers:Bormann, Richter 2, Meader, Muer. Free Throws: 6-11. Team Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: None.

TRF-Kylea Praska 15, Alexa Rogalla 17, Marley Nelson 10, Tiahna Nicholson 8

3-pointers: Praska 3, Rogalla 5. Free Throws: 6-9. 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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