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Breckenridge outlasts Perham in double overtime

In a game where lead changes were sparse, the Breckenridge Cowgirls erased a 15-point second half deficit when they defeated the Perham Yellowjackets 76-69 in double overtime on Dec. 13 at the Hive in Perham.

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Perham's Mesa Schultz drives to the basket against Breckenridge during Perham's double overtime loss to the Cowgirls. Jason Groth/FOCUS

In a game where lead changes were sparse, the Breckenridge Cowgirls erased a 15-point second half deficit when they defeated the Perham Yellowjackets 76-69 in double overtime on Dec. 13 at the Hive in Perham.

The Cowgirls grabbed their first lead in the opening overtime and grabbed the lead for good in the second overtime. It was just the third lead the Cowgirls had in the contest.

The Yellowjackets started strong and controlled play for much of the contest, however, an extended dry spell in the second half allowed the Cowgirls to mount the late comeback.

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Katie Johnson led the way for Perham with 17 points, before fouling out in the second overtime. Her 3-pointer with 18.7 seconds left in the first overtime forced a second overtime. Mesa Schultz recorded the double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Rachel Muer poured in 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the game.

The Yellowjackets led by as many as 15 in the second half after a 3-pointer by Muer made it 48-33. However, Chase Yaggie responded with a 3-pointer, which sparked the Cowgirls. Yaggie finished with 15 points and was one of four players in double figures. Jude Held quietly led the way with 16 points.

It was Yaggie who forced overtime with a bucket late, which came after five straight points from Ashtyn Kaehler. The Yellowjackets had an opportunity to win the game in the final possession, however, Johnson’s 3-point attempt rung out.

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Johnson forced the second overtime with a three, which was followed by a defensive stop from the Yellowjackets in the closing seconds of the first overtime.

However, Breckenridge started the second overtime session 7-0 run which was too much for the Yellowjackets to overcome.

Breckenridge moves its season mark to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Heart O’Lakes Conference, while Perham drops to 3-3 and 0-1 in the HOL. Perham returns home on Dec. 18 for another conference tilt when they take on Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7:30 p.m. at the Hive.

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BRK 27 29 7 13--76

PER 37 19 7 6--69

BRK-Emma Ihland 2, Riley Lorenz 5, Lauren Johnson 6, Jude Held 16, Ashtyn Kaehler 13, Carley Vizenor 14, Grace Conzemius 5, Chase Yaggie 15

3-pointers: Johnson 2, Held, Kaehler, Yaggie. Free Throws: 23-32. Team Fouls 19: Fouled Out: None

PER-Lacy Richter 4, Lisa Meader 3, Katie Zepper 2, Stella Raser 1, Mesa Schultz 14, Sydney Anderson 8, Rachel Muer 11, Katie Johnson 17, Grayce Mickelson 9

3-pointers: Anderson 2, Muer 3, Johnson 4. Free Throws: 8-22. Team Fouls: 24: Fouled Out: Muer, Johnson

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