Perham's late rally falls short to Hawley

Perham's Katie Zepper lines up and drains a 3-pointer for the Yellowjackets against the Nuggets at the Hive. (Jason Groth / Perham Focus)

The Hawley Nuggets spread the ball around the floor and capitalized on Perham defensive miscues on its way to a 57-46 victory in a Heart O’Lakes girls basketball game at the Hive on Feb. 13.

Kaylie Crabtree and Kylie Crabtree caught fire from the outside. The duo combined to hit eight 3-pointers and helped Hawley build up a first half lead. Kaylie Crabtree finished with 19 points, while Kylie Crabtree ended with 16 for the Nuggets.

“I thought we played hard and battled back after getting ourselves into a deficit. We kept clawing back and back, but Hawley made some big shots when they needed to and we lost our girl sometimes,” Perham head coach T.J. Super said. “We left the wrong girl open too many times and couldn’t track down enough rebounds to pull out the win.”

Super said the Crabtree duo are a pair of really good shooters and it was a focal point of the team to try and slow them down.

“They obviously put in a ton of time shooting the basketball and we just lost them way too many times,” Super said. “Girls got in help positions or got too deep and didn’t get out to their shooters. We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half, but we did a much better job in the second half. However, in the first half, we gave up offensive rebounds and they got kick outs and hit some 3-pointers. With a team like Hawley, you can’t fall behind that much and expect to come back.”


Hawley used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to extend a 16-14 lead to 28-14 which was keyed on baskets from Kaylie Crabtree and Kylie Crabtree. They both had five points during the run for the Nuggets.

Perham eventually cut it down to eight points after a 3-pointer from Sydney Anderson and a drive from Grayce Mickelson. However, Hawley brought it back to 10 at the break 36-26.

Hawley extended the lead out to 15 at 50-35, but Perham responded and eventually cut it to six with a 9-0 run. Katie Johnson started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers. Johnson had eight of the nine points during the run. She finished with a team-high of 18 points in the game.

However, Hawley answered with seven straight points and earned the 57-46 victory.

“We had it down to six with four minutes to go and then they hit a shot. We followed with a turnover and they came down and hit another shot and we turned it over and it was back to 12 just like that,” Super said. “We didn’t turn it over a lot, but it was at bad times. For the most part, we played pretty good defense for a lot of the game but we broke down mentally and left the wrong girl open at the wrong time. We just did that too often to get a win.”

Sydney Anderson finished with 10 points as well for Perham in the loss.

The loss dropped the Yellowjackets to 16-8 overall on the season. Perham hosted Frazee on Feb. 18 and travels to Pelican Rapids to close out the regular season on Feb. 21.


HAW 36 21--57

PER 26 20--46

HAW- Anna Steer 6, Kylie Crabtree 16, Kaylie Crabtree 19, Alex Eilertson 3, Paige Thompson 9, Morgan Ames 4

3-pointers: Ky. Crabtree 3, Kay Crabtree 5, Eliertson. Free Throws: 8-9. Team Fouls: 10. Fouled Out: None

PER- Katie Zepper 3, Lily DeBoer 5, Stella Raser 3, Sydney Anderson 10, Katie Johnson 18, Grayce Mickelson 7

3-pointers: Zepper, Deboer, Anderson 2, Johnson 3. Free Throws: 9-13. Team Fouls: 14. Fouled Out: None


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