Two state-ranked teams clashed on Friday night at Marshall High School in Duluth with the Perham girls’ basketball team coming out on top 75-69 against Duluth Marshall. The Hilltoppers made 11 three-pointers on 23 attempts in the first half to build a 47-34 lead. Bad shots, turnovers, a pair of shot clock violations, and many balls deflected out of bounds, resulted in Duluth Marshall scoring only 22 second half points.
“It was an energy-filled environment, perfect for the last game of the regular season to get both teams ready for playoffs,” stated Perham Head Coach TJ Super.
The Menahga girls’ basketball team lost their first game of the season, then won 24 straight. On Friday night, they lost their final regular season game in overtime at Pelican Rapids, falling to the Vikings by the score of 50-47. The win improves the Vikings record to 23-3. Seeding results for Section 8AA will be announced on Sunday and the tournament begins on Thursday, February 29. The Vikings will get a home game, but their opponent has yet to be determined.
The Hillcrest girls’ basketball team earned their 20th win of the season on Thursday night, defeating the Breckenridge Cowgirls by the score of 77-55. The Comets improved to 20-6 overall. “Our defensive effort is what won us the game tonight,” said Hillcrest Head Coach Hannah Clark. “Our ball pressure and containment was the best it’s been all season, and the girls used that to fuel the rest of their game.”