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Yellowjackets drop three straight

Perham's Aixa Kolofale battles with Menahga's Leah Schwartz (left) and Megan Hendrickson for a loose ball. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service1 / 3
Perham's Kolbey Bormann grabs a rebound away from Menahga's Megan Hendrickson. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service2 / 3
Gabby DeBoer driving past Menahga's Alyssa Peterson for a layup. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service3 / 3

The perfect season is still alive for the Menahga Braves girls basketball team when they defeated Perham 59-46 in a non-conference clash in Menahga on Feb. 12.

The leaders of the Park Region Conference picked up their 21st straight victory with the win. The Braves have dominated the competition during the season with their closest game being a nine-point victory over New York Mills earlier in the season. The 13-point loss for the Yellowjackets is the third closest game Menahga has played all season long.

Cierra Ahlf paced a balanced attack with 23 points. She was one of three players in double figures for the Braves. Alyssa Peterson finished with 16 points, while Leah Schwartz ended with 10.

The Yellowjackets were led by Gabby DeBoer and Mesa Schultz. DeBoer recorded the double-double for Perham. She finished with 18 points and grabbed 10 boards. Schultz finished the game with 10 points.

Free throws were key for Menahga in the win. They hit 16 of their 20 attempts helping the Braves secure the win. The Braves were 10 of 11 from the line in the second half.

The Yellowjackets fell to 13-10 overall on the season. They have three games remaining on their schedule. They continue their season with a road trip to Crookston on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. It's a key section game for the Yellowjackets, who hope to snap their three game skid.

PER 21 25--46

MEN 25 34--59

PER: Kolbey Bormann 2, Lacy Richter 4, Gabby DeBoer 18, Mesa Schultz 10, Aixa Kolofale 3, Rachel Muer 2, Katie Johnson 7

3-pointers: Schultz, Johnson 2. Free Throws: 9-16. Team Fouls: 20. Fouled Out: None

MEN: Alyssa Peterson 16, Megan Hendrickson 5, Martha Peterson 2, Tara Hendrickson 3, Cierra Ahlf 23, Leah Schwartz 10

3-pointers: A. Peterson 2, T. Hendrickson, Ahlf 2. Free Throws: 16-20. Team Fouls 18. Fouled Out: None

Rockford 62, Perham 53

The Rockford Rockets used a strong second half, soaring past the Perham Yellowjackets 62-53 to open up the Winter Lakes Classic in Alexandria on Feb. 10.

Sydney Manthana and Skyler Palmer led the way with 14 points each for the Rockets. The Rockets were able to capitalize on Perham turnovers in the second half and controlled the boards in the second half as well.

The Yellowjackets had a lot of success attacking the interior of the Rockford defense in the first half and much of the second half. However, Rockford collapsed defensively and the Yellowjackets were unable to get their shots to drop late.

DeBoer and Schultz provided the punch inside for Perham. DeBoer led the way with 15 points, while Schultz finished with 12. Schultz scored eight of her 12 points from the free throw line, hitting on eight of her 10 free throw attempts.

It was a strong start for the Yellowjackets with 3-pointers by Lisa Meader and Kolbey Bormann to start things, while DeBoer was attacking inside. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Rockets, but they settled in and started to come back, led by the play of Palmer. She scored nine of her 14 points in the first half.

After evening the score in the second half, the Rockets eventually pulled away in the final minutes of the second half, hitting from the free throw line. They were 10 of 12 at the free throw line in the second half, hitting on 15 of 20 for the game in the victory.

The Rockets improved to 11-10 overall on the season.

RCK 23 39--62

PER 25 28--53

RCK: Sydney Manthana 14, Skyler Palmer 14, Ava Cusciotta 7, Logan Henrich 4, Samantha Fitzsimmons 11, Sara Byers 6, Victoria Nelson 4, McKenzie Rentz 2

3-pointers: Manthana. Free Throws: 15-20. Team Fouls: 19. Fouled Out: Palmer

PER: Kolbey Bormann 3, Lisa Meader 6, Gabby DeBoer 15, Mesa Schultz 12, Aixa Kolofale 4, Rachel Muer 4, Katie Johnson 9

3-pointers: Bormann, Meader 2, Muer, Johnson 2. Free Throws: 13-22. Team Fouls 19. 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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