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Girls basketball: Perham handles East Grand Forks to win fifth straight

Willow Thiel scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a double-double performance to lift the Perham girls basketball team over the Green Wave.

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Contributed / Perham Public Schools

EAST GRAND FORKS – Perham sophomore Willow Thiel had herself an impressive stretch of games over the last week.

After a 30-point game against Wadena-Deer Creek (9-8), Thiel put up 25 in Perham’s (13-4) 62-49 win over East Grand Forks (5-9) on Monday night. The Yellowjackers notched their fifth straight win and their seventh win in their last eight games.

Despite finishing with 25 points, Monday night started slow for Thiel as EGF committed to slowing her down with its zone defense. That opened up opportunities from the perimeter as the Yellojackets hit 6-of-13 three-point attempts in the opening 18 minutes. Senior Sydney Anderson, who finished with 14 points, hit four of them.

Thiel scored 17 points in the second half on her way to a double-double. She also grabbed 13 rebounds. Perham led by as many as 23 points before the Green Wave cut it down to 10 late.

WDC 13 15 - 28

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PERHAM 24 30 - 54

PERHAM SCORING- Lilly Aakre 3, Olivia Pilgrim 5, Kaia Anderson 3, Willow Thiel 30, Sydney Anderson 11, Cade Diggins 2

PERHAM 30 32 - 62

EGF 18 31 - 49

PERHAM SCORING- Lauryn Rustad 4, Olivia Rosenthal 1, Greta Hillukka 6, Kennedy Pilgrim 2, Kaia Anderson 2, Willow Thiel 25, Sydney Anderson 14

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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