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Bemidji girls basketball team drops opener at Albert Lea Inv.

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The Bemidji girls basketball team will play in today's third-place game of the Albert Lea Invitational as the Lumberjacks dropped a 47-43 opening-round decision to Hayfield Monday afternoon.

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Albert Lea (1-6) and Concordia Academy (4-2) met Monday night in the other first-round matchup and BHS will take on the loser 1:30 p.m. today. Hayfield will tangle with the winner at 5:30 p.m.

"We played well enough to defeat Hayfield but we shot 29 percent from the field and that figure speaks volumes," said Bemidji coach Rick Kehoe whose team dipped to 2-5.

Hayfield's largest lead until the final minute was 8-2 early in the contest. The Lumberjacks eventually caught up, however, and neither team could must a lead of more than four points until the end.

"It was close the entire way but I think we gave this game away. We missed at least six layups and at least another 12 shots from within five feet," the coach said.

The Lumberjacks played stellar defense and limited Hayfield to only 17 points in the second half.

"And seven of them came in the final minute when we had to foul," Kehoe said. "For the first 16 minutes of the second half we held them to 10 points. Our defense played very well."

Greta Steever and Jess Yost each finished with 10 points while Cheyenne Woods had nine. Summer Monsrud tallied six but no other Lumberjack contributed more than twopoints.

"Despite making only 29 percent from the field I think we need to keep shooting," Kehoe said. "We had many good shots that we passed up by trying to force the ball inside. I'd rather see us take those open shots instead of making a pass that results in a turnover.

"This was a game we should have won," Kehoe said. "We played well enough to win but we just made too many mistakes."

Hayfield (47): Foster 0, 2-2, 2; Wagner 1, 0-2, 2; Bumgum 5, 0-0, 12; Severson 5, 0-0, 10; Blanchard 0, 1-2, 1; Selk 2, 1-5, 5; Choe 2, 2-2, 7; Pollock 5, 0-0, 10. Totals: 19, 4-11, 47.

Bemidji (43): Erpelding 0, 1-3, 1; Monsrud 3, 0-0, 6; Sagedahl 1, 0-0, 2; Treat 1, 0-0, 2; Yost 4, 2-2, 10; Woods 4, 0-2, 9; Hadrava 1, 1-3, 3; Steever 5, 0-0, 10. Totals: 18, 4-10, 43.

Fouls: Hayfield 10, Bemidji 18

Halftime: Hayfield 30, Bemidji 26

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The Bemidji girls basketball team will play in today's third-place game of the Albert Lea Invitational as the Lumberjacks dropped a 47-43 opening-round decision to Hayfield Monday afternoon.

Albert Lea (1-6) and Concordia Academy (4-2) met Monday night in the other first-round matchup and BHS will take on the loser 1:30 p.m. today. Hayfield will tangle with the winner at 5:30 p.m.

"We played well enough to defeat Hayfield but we shot 29 percent from the field and that figure speaks volumes," said Bemidji coach Rick Kehoe whose team dipped to 2-5.

Hayfield's largest lead until the final minute was 8-2 early in the contest. The Lumberjacks eventually caught up, however, and neither team could must a lead of more than four points until the end.

"It was close the entire way but I think we gave this game away. We missed at least six layups and at least another 12 shots from within five feet," the coach said.

The Lumberjacks played stellar defense and limited Hayfield to only 17 points in the second half.

"And seven of them came in the final minute when we had to foul," Kehoe said. "For the first 16 minutes of the second half we held them to 10 points. Our defense played very well."

Greta Steever and Jess Yost each finished with 10 points while Cheyenne Woods had nine. Summer Monsrud tallied six but no other Lumberjack contributed more than twopoints.

"Despite making only 29 percent from the field I think we need to keep shooting," Kehoe said. "We had many good shots that we passed up by trying to force the ball inside. I'd rather see us take those open shots instead of making a pass that results in a turnover.

"This was a game we should have won," Kehoe said. "We played well enough to win but we just made too many mistakes."

Hayfield (47): Foster 0, 2-2, 2; Wagner 1, 0-2, 2; Bumgum 5, 0-0, 12; Severson 5, 0-0, 10; Blanchard 0, 1-2, 1; Selk 2, 1-5, 5; Choe 2, 2-2, 7; Pollock 5, 0-0, 10. Totals: 19, 4-11, 47.

Bemidji (43): Erpelding 0, 1-3, 1; Monsrud 3, 0-0, 6; Sagedahl 1, 0-0, 2; Treat 1, 0-0, 2; Yost 4, 2-2, 10; Woods 4, 0-2, 9; Hadrava 1, 1-3, 3; Steever 5, 0-0, 10. Totals: 18, 4-10, 43.

Fouls: Hayfield 10, Bemidji 18

Halftime: Hayfield 30, Bemidji 26

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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