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DeBoer's 24 sparks Yellowjackets in home win

Perham's Gabby DeBoer gets the layup for two of her game-high 24 points in Perham's home victory over Park Rapids Area. Photo courtesy of Kristen McMartin Photography.1 / 2
Perham's Mesa Schultz throws up a shot inside against Park Rapids Area. Photo courtesy of Kristen McMartin Photography.2 / 2

The Perham Yellowjackets found themselves down by 10 early in the second half, but responded with a 20-5 run, securing the lead and holding off Park Rapids Area for a 58-54 victory on Jan. 16 in Perham.

It’s the third straight win for the Yellowjackets, moving them to 9-4 overall on the season, but has them with four wins in the section and above .500 at 4-3 against Section 8AA opponents.

Lacy Richter

Gabby DeBoer led the way for the Yellowjackets. She finished with 24 points, grabbed five rebounds and had five steals as well. DeBoer helped the Yellowjackets erase an early first half deficit and hit a shot at the buzzer, tying the game at 22.

The Yellowjackets trailed early in the second half, but made an in-game adjustment switching from a zone to a man defense and sparked the comeback. The change in defense, allowed the Yellowjackets to get many steals and layups during the 15-point run. Lisa Meader and Rachel Muer had 3-pointers during the run as well.

The Yellowjackets built the lead up and worked the clock, but Park Rapids caught fire, hitting three straight 3-pointers in the final minutes. With the Yellowjackets up by two, Mesa Schultz hit one of two at the free throw line, extending the lead to three. Park Rapids had an opportunity to tie the game, but missed a pair of 3-pointers. Meader grabbed the rebound and finished it out hitting a free throw at the line, giving the Yellowjackets the four point win.

Schultz added 11 points as well for the Yellowjackets, scoring nine of her 11 in the second half.

Grayce Mickelson

Kaisa Coborn led the way for Park Rapids Area with 18 points, while Rilee Michaelson added 13 for the Panthers.

The Yellowjackets return to conference play when they take on Frazee on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Frazee. Following that, they head on the road to take on the No. 2 ranked Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels on Jan. 23 in Glyndon.

Park Rapids 22 32--54

Perham 22 36--58

PRK-Jordan Klemmer 2, Kaisa Coborn 18, Kendra Coborn 5, Paige Johnson 9, Rilee Michaelson 13, Jaiden McCollum 7

3-pointers: Kaisa Coborn, Kendra Coborn, Johnson, Michaelson. Free Throws: 8-12. Team Fouls: 18. Fouled Out: Kendra Coborn, Johnson

PER-Kolbey Bormann 2, Lacy Richter 4, Lisa Meader 4, Katie Zepper 2, Gabby DeBoer 24, Mesa Schultz 11, Aixa Kolofale 3, Rachel Muer 8

3-pointers: Meader, Muer 2. Free Throws: 15-22. 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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