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Pequot Lakes holds off Perham's comeback bid

Perham's Grayce Mickelson battles through the contact on her way to the hoop against Crookston at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham's Katie Johnson absorbs the contact and gets the shot off against Crookston. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

A slow start and a heavy dosage of Olivia Lane proved to be too much for the Perham girls basketball team on Jan. 28 at the Hive against Pequot Lakes. Lane finished with 28 points and helped the Patriots to a 67-56 victory, spoiling Katie Johnson's big night.

Johnson led the Yellowjackets with 23 points. She hit seven 3-pointers on the contest, five of them in the second half when Perham was trying to make a run back into the game against the Patriots. However, the first half hole was too much to overcome.

Pequot Lakes raced out to a 23-5 lead in the first half and held a 36-22 lead at the break. Perham continued to work the lead down and trailed by seven points at 50-43 after a basket by Mesa Schultz. A quick 9-0 run for Pequot Lakes' extended the lead and helped them close out the Yellowjackets in the second half.

Rachel Voges added 11 points for the Patriots in the win.

Schultz finished with 11 points as did Grayce Mickelson for Perham.

The loss dropped the Yellowjackets to 8-10 overall on the season. The Yellowjackets return on the road to take on Breckenridge on Jan. 31. The tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

PQL 36 31--67

PER 22 34--56

PQL-Carly Chaney 5, Afton Crocker 4, Olivia Lane 28, Rachel Voges 11, Maci Martini 5, Emma Benson 6, Erika Lane 8

3-pointers: Chaney, Voges, Martini, E. Lane 2. Free Throws: 10-13. Team Fouls: 15. Fouled Out: None.

PER-Lisa Meader 2, Mesa Schultz 11, Sydney Anderson 4, Rachel Muer 5, Katie Johnson 23, Grayce Mickelson 11

3-pointers: Muer, Johnson 7. Free Throws: 12-17. Team Fouls: 17. Fouled Out: Muer

Perham vs. Crookston

After taking one on the chin by 28 points to Pelican Rapids, the Perham girls basketball team responded with a 48-42 victory over Crookston at the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium on Jan. 24.

Perham watched as Crookston took control in the early parts of the second half, but they were able to battle back and close out at the free throw line in securing the home victory.

"The girls played really hard and knowing that Crookston is a pretty good team, we knew we would have our handsful," Perham head coach T.J. Super said. "We didn't buy into doing the little things that lead to a win the other night and tonight, we did all of those things a lot, lot better and that's the end result."

The Yellowjackets had to battle foul trouble throughout the contest, which meant several players from the bench had to step up in key moments.

"That was part of what we talked about after the game that everyone is so important to the team," Super said. "As a staff, we were down a little and I said to the bench what are you doing to help right now. The energy level wasn't very great and after the game one of the girl's asked us about us now. That's what it takes. You have to get those contributions from the bench because the season is long, you might have injuries and you might have girls in foul trouble and they need to be ready to step up and do what it takes."

Mesa Schultz led the Yellowjackets with 19 points, while Katie Johnson added 11 in the victory. Sydney Anderson finished with seven and Lacy Richter added six.

Super said he was happy with the team's free throw shooting after the game. The Yellowjackets were 21 of 29, while Crookston struggled at the line, hitting just five of its 13 attempts.

"We have had multiple games this year where we have won in strong part because of our free throw shooting," Super said. "I'm happy the girls have taken that to heart and have taken ownership of that. That is all on them and I couldn't be prouder of that."

Emma Borowicz led the way for Crookston with nine points, while Kylie Solheim and Hayden Winjum finished with eight each.

CRK 16 26--42

PER 24 24--48

CRK- Halle Winjum 1, Kylie Solheim 6, Dani Doyle 8, Emma Borowicz 9, Hayden Winjum 8, Rachel Hefta 2, Kasey Cwikla 2, Gretchen Theis 6

3-pointers: Solheim, Borowicz 2. Free Throws: 5-13. Team Fouls: 20. Fouled Out: Solheim

PER-Lacy Richter 6, Lisa Meader 1, Mesa Schultz 19, Sydney Anderson 7, Katie Johnson 11, Grayce Mickelson 4

3-pointers: Richter, Johnson 2. Free Throws: 21-29. 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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