breckenridge held the jackets to 16 second-half points
• By Robert Wanek Jr.
The Breckenridge Cowgirls earned a key Section 8AA victory over the Perham Yellowjackets on Tuesday, 54-37, improving to 6-2 and remaining undefeated at home on the strength of excellent outside shooting and lockdown defense.
Scoring was scarce at first, as both teams battled to an 8-8 score through the game’s first 10 minutes, before turning things up a bit and hitting the half with Breckenridge leading 26-21. After the break, the Cowgirls tapped into their deep ball behind four three-pointers and a game-high 16 points from Carcie Materi. Jude Held also played efficiently, shooting 5-of-7 for 15 points.
Camryn Kaehler led the rebounding effort with 10 in a game where the Cowgirls had to work hard for every defensive stop. They didn’t record a block and managed just six steals in the contest. Still, Breckenridge held a the 5-2 Yellowjackets to a meager 37 points. That’s the second best defensive scoring effort for coach Austin Imdieke’s team this season.
Breckenridge shot 8-of-19 from 3-PT distance. They overcame 19 turnovers by committing just seven fouls in the contest. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls shot 20 free-throws, making a dozen of them to stave off their opponent. They allowed just 16 points in the second half.
Abby Johnson scored eight points and Kaehler chipped in seven. Held led the Cowgirls with three steals and four assists.
Breckenridge has another exciting matchup set for Friday at Pelican Rapids, where they will face the 7-1 Vikings in a battle for section superiority. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.