GBB: Yellowjackets open with road win

Sebeka-The Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team opened the new season with a 67-60 victory over the Sebeka Trojans on Nov. 30 in Sebeka, Minn. The Yellowjackets used a balanced scoring attack and a new pressing defense to hold the Trojans at...

Amy Scheidecker
Perham's Amy Scheidecker drives to the lane against Sebeka's Madison Lake. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Sebeka-The Perham Yellowjacket girls basketball team opened the new season with a 67-60 victory over the Sebeka Trojans on Nov. 30 in Sebeka, Minn.

The Yellowjackets used a balanced scoring attack and a new pressing defense to hold the Trojans at bay in their seven point victory.

Three Yellowjackets finished in double figures. Janie Wunderlich led all Perham scorers with 19 points. Gabby DeBoer poured in 14 points, all in the second half and Amy Scheidecker finished with 10 points.

“It was kind of chaotic. I really liked the intensity that we played with were mental from not being used to going at the pace that we were going at,” Perham Head Coach TJ Super said. “We have been pushing it and we want to play at that tempo and at that pace. I’m really happy. You have to make mistakes in the first game; otherwise you don’t know what to improve on.”

The Yellowjackets implemented their new press with success in the first half, forcing several Sebeka turnovers that led to easy baskets.


However, Sebeka made some adjustments of its own, slowing down the Perham offensive attack late in the half. The Trojans switched into a zone, allowing them to erase an early 10 point first half deficit.

The Yellowjackets used a 12-0 run, building up a 20-10 lead, yet the Trojans battled back, whittling the lead down to one point at the break after a 3-pointer from Madison Lake. Lake scored all 10 of her points in the first half.

“We started a little slow, got in a hole but the press got some turnovers and we got some layups out of it,” Super said. “They adjusted and we didn’t adjust as well. It was a game of adjustments. Mike Heino is a good coach and he knows how to put his girls in position to succeed. We were able to switch into a man defense, threw them a little off guard and we went on a run, which got us the lead.”

Wunderlich scored 11 of her 19 points in the first half, while Scheidecker scored all 10 of her points in the opening half.

“She (Wunderlich) is aggressive and that’s what she is going to be all the time,” Super said. “She didn’t shoot the greatest percent tonight, but she took a lot of shots that she can make and has proven she can make. We are excited about the way she attacks the basket. She will finish some more and we will see some good things out of her.”

Sophomore forward Gabby DeBoer took charge in the second half for the Yellowjackets. She attacked the hoop consistently and was able to get to the free throw line. DeBoer hit six of her eight free throw attempts, while hitting four shots inside as well.

DeBoer spent much of the first half on the bench, after picking up two early fouls in the opening half.

“She had a hard time getting in the flow,” Super said. “In the second half, she wasn’t in foul trouble. She is a good player, so aggressive and so strong. Between her and Wunderlich, we have two girls that drive really hard.”


The Yellowjackets used a 12-2 run midway through the second half, pulling away from a one-point lead. Beachy and Reese hit key 3-pointers during that stretch, moving the lead to 54-43.

It was the separation the Yellowjackets needed as they struggled from the free throw line. The Yellowjackets hit just 12 of 30 free throw attempts in the game, hitting 10 of them in the second half.

“I’m not happy about that. Free throws have to come from girls putting in the time, putting up shots and getting shots up,” Super said. “We have to be much, much better at free throws. We missed a lot of layups, but it’s hard to complain when we scored 67 points. We could have put up 80 points, if we would have made some layups and free throws.”

Heidi Olson led the way for Sebeka. She finished the game with 25 points. Emily Huotari added 11 points, while Madison Lake finished with 10 points for the Trojans.

The Yellowjackets open the season 1-0 and will travel to Battle Lake on Thursday evening to take on the Battlers. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Battle Lake High School.


PER 33-34-67

SEB 32-28-60



PER: Marina Reese 3, Amy Scheidecker 10, Josie Beachy 9, Janie Wunderlich 19, Maria Rutten 5, Sara Herrmann 5, Gabby DeBoer 14, Serena Langen 2

3 point goals- Reese, Scheidecker, Beachy 2, Wunderlich 1

SEB: Madison Lake 10, Erin Lillquist 2, Megan Heino 10, Emily Huotari 11, Taylor Miller 2, Heidi Olson 25

3 point goals- Lake 2, Heino, Huotari

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