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Thiel, Hiluka and Anderson lead Perham over Detroit Lakes girls basketball

“We’ve been great from three this year, I thought DL did a good job of taking our 3’s away, they definitely had a game plan,” said Perham head coach T.J Super.

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Perham's Greta Hiluka goes up for a layup over Detroit lake's Helena Daggett. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune/Focus)

The Perham girls basketball team kept maintained their strong start to the season on Tuesday night by taking down Detroit Lakes 64-52 at the Perham High School.

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Two Laker defenders attempt to slow down Perhams rolling offense. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune/Focus)

Willow Thiel, Sydney Anderson, and Greta Hiluka provided the majority of the offense for Perham (6-2) as the Yellowjackets jumped out to a double digit lead early in the first half and rode that lead for most of the game.

“We’ve been great from three this year, I thought DL did a good job of taking our threes away.," Perham head coach T.J Super said. "They definitely had a game plan.”

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The Lakers (1-3) started to find a little rhythm at the end of the first half, pulling within seven points to a 29-21 score going into halftime.

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Sydney Anderson goes up for a basket against DL in Perham Tuesday night. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune/Focus)

The Yellowjackets picked things up again in the second half regained their double-digit lead in the second half. Thiel, in particular, really started to find a rhythm, and the Lakers couldn’t find an answer.

“Things were a little ugly tonight," Super said. "I thought our rebound intensity was lacking a bit in the first half. I thought the second half was completely different though, our rebound intensity was much stronger and Willow Thiel was dominant.”

The Yellowjackets weren’t as successful from the three as they have been in previous games this season, but they didn’t need to be. Thiel, Anderson, and Hiluka moved the ball well in the paint and Perham also went 19-for-24 from the free throw line.

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Detroit Lakes Ella Okeson goes up for a basket in Perham Tuesday night. (Jonah Bowe/Tribune/Focus)

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The Lakers attempted to punch back a little in the middle of the second half, pulling the game as close as 54-45 before Perham would eventually close out a 64-52 victory.

“There are things we need to work on if we want to continue to build on our strong start to the season, but ultimately very glad to get the win tonight, we played hard,” said Super.

Willow Theil led the Yellowjackets in scoring with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Greta Hiluka had 19 points on the night. Sydney Anderson had 14 points. Kennedy Pilgram tacked on 3 points and Olivia Rosenthal also had 2 points.

Ella Okeson led the Lakers in scoring with 15 points. Helena Daggett and Elle Bettcher each had 12 points on the night. Jacee Hauser had 5 points. And Olivia Clark-Burnette had 4 points for the Lakers.

Fergus Falls pulls away in the second half

Grace Gunderson’s big day against Fergus Falls wasn’t enough to lift Detroit Lakes over the ninth-ranked Otters.
Fergus Falls beat Detroit Lakes on Saturday 77-53 to hand the Lakers their second loss of the season. Gunderson had a team-high 16 points. Hauser had 11 while Okeson had nine.

The Lakers trailed by only four points at the half before the Otters pulled away in the final 18 minutes.

Detroit Lakes is back in action after Christmas as they head to Bemidji for a holiday tournament starting Dec. 27.

DETROIT LAKES 30 23 - 53

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FERGUS FALLS 34 33 - 77

SCORING- DETROIT LAKES- Abby Larson 1, Helena Daggett 2, Ella Okeson 9, Olivia Clark Burnette 2, Karlee Mace 4, Elle Bettcher 6, Grace Gunderson 16, Elle Lunde 2, Jacee Hauser 11; FERGUS FALLS- Colbeck 23, Braeger 6, Soyddra 3, Sternberg 3, Hansen 6, Ratz 24, Lickett 3, Polejerski 2

DETROIT LAKES 21 31 - 52

PERHAM 2935 - 64

SCORING- DETROIT LAKES- Larson 2, Daggett 12, Okeson 15, Clark-Burnette 4, Mace 1, Bettcher 12, Addie Wills 1, Hauser 5; PERHAM- Olivia Rosenthal 2, Greta Hillukka 19, Kennedy Pilgrim 3, Willow Thiel 23, Sydney Anderson 14

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