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Strong second half lifts Perham over Frazee

The Perham Yellowjackets used a big second half to pull out its third straight Heart O’Lakes girls basketball win when they defeated the Hornets 61-45 at the Hive on Jan. 15.

The Yellowjackets used a 14-0 run in the second half to break open a close game against their Highway 10 rival.

Perham had three players finish in double figures with Grayce Mickelson leading the way. Mickelson finished with 23 points, 16 of them coming in the second half to pace the Yellowjackets. Mesa Schultz finished with 11 points, while Rachel Muer ended the game with eight points.

Paige Oswald and Madison Starry led the way for Frazee with 10 points each. The Yellowjackets clamped down on Oswald in the second half as she scored just one of her 10 points in the second half.

The Yellowjackets struggled with turnovers in the first half, but cleaned it up in the second half. They recorded 15 steals of their own in the game. Mickelson was credited with seven of them, many of the steals led to easy baskets at the other end.

The Yellowjackets are now 7-7 and 3-2 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference. The Yellowjackets travel to Detroit Lakes for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on Jan. 17.

FRA 28 17--45

PER 24 37--61

FRA-Madison Starry 10, Annika Reierson 7, Paige Oswald 10, Dani Piche 2, Talia Gabrielson 5, Ellie Reierson 5, Harley Kropuenske 4, Abby Hoehne 2

3-pointers: A. Reierson, Oswald 2. Free Throws: 6-11. Team Fouls: 22. Fouled Out: None

PER-Mallory Belka 2, Lisa Meader 2, Mesa Schultz 11, Sydney Anderson 5, Rachel Muer 10, Katie Johnson 8, Grayce Mickelson 23

3-pointers: Anderson, Muer 3, Johnson 2. Free Throws: 17-22. Team Fouls: 15. 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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