GBB:Hornets snap Perham winning streak with home victory
Frazee-It was an uncharacteristic night for the Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team and credit for that goes to the Frazee Hornets when the Hornets snapped the Yellowjackets seven game winning streak with a 50-39 victory at the Frazee High ...
Frazee-It was an uncharacteristic night for the Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team and credit for that goes to the Frazee Hornets when the Hornets snapped the Yellowjackets seven game winning streak with a 50-39 victory at the Frazee High School on Jan. 12.
The Hornets forced the Yellowjackets into several mistakes and turnovers, which led to easy buckets for the Hornets in the first half.
“We expected it. We know Frazee is a good team and they have been playing really well lately,” Perham Head Coach T.J. Super said. “They play good solid basketball and that’s what you expect. What I didn’t expect was us to play the way that we did. We must have dipped the ball in butter before we touched it, because we had a hard time hanging onto the basketball, hard time dribbling it and a hard time passing it.”
Frazee capitalized on those miscues with a strong shooting first half. Frazee hit five of its seven 3-pointers in the first half, several of them contested.
“They made some 3’s where girls were in their faces. They hit four of their first five to start the game,” Super said. “A bunch of them had girls in their face. They made shots and when you are down by 12, 13 and 18 points to start the game is a lot harder against a team like Frazee.”
The Hornets spread the scoring out with nine players recording points. Paige Ziegler was the leading scorer, finishing with 11 points. Natalie Nudell finished with nine points for Frazee.
The Yellowjackets were led in scoring by Amy Scheidecker. She finished with nine points, all coming from the 3-point line. Gabby DeBoer added seven points for Perham.
The Yellowjackets received key contributions off the bench in their comeback bid. Serena Langen finished with six points, while Jadyn Benedict added six second half points.
The Yellowjackets found themselves trailing early when the Hornets found success working the screen and roll.
Nudell was the beneficiary on the play, she scored nine straight points for the Hornets in the first half, with all of her points coming in that run, helping Frazee stretch its lead from nine points to 17.
The Hornets built up a strong first half lead, outscoring the Yellowjackets, 25-5, after a basket by Gabby DeBoer pulled Perham within one at 5-4.
The Yellowjackets tried to battle back in the second half against a conservative, yet timely Frazee offense. The Yellowjackets cut the lead down to nine points, 40-31, but as was the case for most of the night, Frazee had a timely answer.
Carly Mahoney hit her lone basket of the night and Hailee Oswald hit a timely 3-pointer, stretching the Hornet led back to 14.
Perham closed to nine points again late in the second half on a 3-pointer by Scheidecker, making it 48-39. However, Frazee closed the game out hitting two free throws, securing the home victory.
“Our girls kept battling in the second half and they kept fighting. We just didn’t make enough shots. You can’t score 39 points and expect to win a game in the HOL,” Super said. “Comebacks are difficult and they are not very common for a reason. Our girls kept battling, but it was Frazee’s night tonight.”
The Yellowjackets move to 10-3 overall and will now face Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday in Glyndon. The Rebels ended the Yellowjackets’ season in 2015 and enter the game with a perfect, 10-0, record.
“We have a real tough stretch of basketball coming up. We hope the girls weren’t overlooking any of these games and I don’t think we were. I hope we weren’t tonight, I think Frazee just went out and beat us,” Super said. “We have DGF, Pequot Lakes, teams like Pelican Rapids and Barnesville, who beat us. We have a five game stretch here that we really have to get after it. We are excited about playing DGF on Friday. They are undefeated, at the top of the section and that’s where we want to be.”
PER-Amy Scheidecker 9, Josie Beachy 4, Janie Wunderlich 4, Sara Herrmann 3, Gabby DeBoer 7, Serena Langen 6, Jadyn Benedict 6
3-point goals-Scheidecker 3
FRA-Hailee Oswald 8, Madison Oswald 3, Paige Oswald 3, Shania Lehman 5, Paige Ziegler 11, Hailey Ellingson-Wirth 2, Carly Mahoney 2, Natalie Nudell 9, Whitney Janu 7
3-point goals-Hailee Oswald 2, Paige Oswald, Lehman, Ziegler, Nudell, Janu