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Perham hits from deep in road win over New York Mills

The Perham girls basketball team used a 25-5 run in the first half and improved to 2-0 with a 68-52 victory over New York Mills on Nov. 29 in New York Mills.

Perham used a balanced attack with three players in double figures. Katie Johnson led the way with 17 points, while Rachel Muer added 16 and Mesa Schultz finished with 11. It was enough to offset the big night from New York Mills’ Tiffany Thompson. Thompson hit six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points as she worked to keep her team in the game with the visiting Yellowjackets.

Perham built up a seven-point first half lead and carried the momentum into the second half as it outscored the Eagles 36-27.

Johnson finished the game with six steals and hit on five 3-pointers in the game. She added four rebounds to go with her 17 points.

Schultz finished with five steals and five boards as well. Lacy Richter grabbed five rebounds. The defense continued as Rachel Muer finished with five steals. She hit from deep as well, connecting on four of her six 3-point attempts. The Yellowjackets were 10 of 20 from the 3-point line in the victory.

Perham head coach T.J. Super said it was a real game of runs. Perham led at one point by 19 in the first half, only to see the lead get cut down to seven at the break. Perham pushed it back to 18 plus in the second half for its second win of the year. The Yellowjackets return to action with a road trip to Park Rapids on Dec. 3. The opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

PER 32 36--68

NYM 25 27--52

PER-Lacy Richter 5, Lisa Meader 1, Katie Zepper 2, Mesa Schultz 11, Sydney Anderson 9, Rachel Muer 16, Katie Johnson 17, Grayce Mickelson 7

3-pointers: ANderson, Muer 4, Johnson 5. Free Throws: 10-19. Team Fouls: 19. Fouled Out: None.

NYM-Bella Bauck 2, Kenna Salo 5, Madalyn Erp 7, Karli Kawleski 4, Cydnie Polman 4, Brenna Thompson 4, Tiffany Thompson 24.

3-point goals: Salo, Erp, Tiffany Thompson 6. Free Throws: 10-17. Team Fouls: 17. 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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