Girls basketball: Perham girls basketball players honored with postseason awards
The Perham girls basketball team earned multiple awards after a record-setting season.
PERHAM – After a historic 2022-23 campaign, the Perham girls basketball team was showered with several postseason accolades to cap off an amazing season.
The Yellowjackets finished the season with a record of 27-5, which set a new program best for wins in a season. Perham was crowned champion of the Heart of Lakes Conference for the second consecutive year with a perfect 19-0 record.
The Yellowjackets were also untouched in section play, finishing 12-0. Over the past two seasons, the Yellowjackets are 36-3 against section opponents. Perham finished as section 8AA champions after a victory over No. 11 Wadena-Deer Creek in the section finals.
Perham punched its ticket to the state tournament for the first time since 1991. At state, Perham lost to No. 3 Albany in the quarterfinals, defeated Crosby Ironton in the consolation semifinals and lost to New London-Spicer in the consolation championship.
Junior Willow Thiel was named the HOL Conference's most valuable player and earned All-State honorable mention. She averaged 20.8 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. Thiel has scored the third most points in program history with 1,394 points.
She was also named to the HOL All-Conference team with senior teammates Mya Morris and Olivia Pilgrim. Morris averaged 13.3 points per game and hit 46.5% from beyond the arc. She set a school record for 3-pointers in a season.
Pilgrim ended the season averaging 5.8 points per game, a team-high 3.2 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game.
Senior Olivia Rosenthal, junior Kennedy Pilgrim and freshman Kaia Anderson were all given a HOL Conference honorable mention.
As student-athletes, performance in the classroom comes first. Senior Lily Aakre, Olivia Pilgrim Morris, and Rosenthal earned Academic All-State Honors.