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Bemidji High School girls basketball: Jacks beat Grand Rapids 62-45

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"You'll see a far different team against Grand Rapids tonight than you saw in the first game," said Coach Rick Kehoe Thursday night.

Truer words were never spoken.

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For Bemidji, beaten 66-54 at home in early December, controlled the rematch from start to finish to post a 62-45 decision on the Thunderhawks floor.

It ended the Bemidji regular season at 22-3 entering the start of Section 8-4A tournament play at home Tuesday.

The likely opponent will be St. Cloud Tech or Buffalo, two teams Bemidji did not face this winter.

The win was even more impressive since Kayla Hirt played sick all night and was limited to 14 points, getting frequent rest.

It left her two points shy of the 6oo point mark for the season and six away from reaching the 1,000 point mark in only her second season of play.

But it gives her a chance to achieve both of those record totals at home Tuesday night in front of a home audience.

Megan Larson took game honors with 15, all but two coming after the break. Paige Jensen added 12 as that trio came within four points of equaling the Rapids total.

Jess Cagle, the Rapids state champion weight thrower who is headed to Minnesota next season, led the losers with 10. Kelly Niles, who led the team at Bemidji, again came off the bench and hit nine.

The game was tied early at 4-4. But a drive in by Abby Hendricks and a trey from Erika Weimann sent Bemidji to a 9-2 lead which quickly grew to 22-11 and was still 34-27 at the break despite a late five point run by the home team.

Bemidji had already claimed 20 rebounds though a Rapids switch to a 1-3-1 zone midway through the period slowed down the tempo of play.

It became even slower in the second half. But the Bemidji defense stepped up two notches once again, holding the Rapids to nine field goals, no two of which came back to back.

Bemidji gradually widened the gap to 16 at 47-31 and removed any doubt of the outcome.

It was never larger than16 until the visitors closed with the final four points.

The margin could have been far larger had not Bemidji missed eight of its final 13 free throws as the Rapids continued to foul to regain ball possession. The usually sharp shooting free throw team ended 13-26.

Bemidji ended with 41 boards to 31 for the Rapids.

But it committed 18 turnovers to 13 for the Hawks.

Bemidji swept both preliminaries.

The JV won 45-35 to reach 17-8.

Brittany Zastrow led the way with a season high 15. Caitlin Gangelhoff added 12.

The freshmen ended 19-0 with a 56-21 decision.

The big two, Kenzie Kane and Jess Yost, each had 20.

BEMIDJI (62) Jensen 4 3-8 1 12; Larson 5 5-8 2 15; K. Hirt 6 2-2 3 14; Claypool 2 1-4 2 5; Hendricks 2 0-0 3 4; A. Hirt 2 1-2 2 5; Weimann 2 1-2 3 7; Heisler 0 0-0 0 0; Huseby 0 0-0 0 0; Totals 23 13-26 15 62

GRAND RAPIDS (45) Rothstein 2 1-2 2 5; Cagle 4 2-4 5 10; Joki 2 0-2 3 4; Peterson 2 0-2 4 4; Corrick 2 0-0 3 4; Niles 4 1-2 4 9; Perrault 0 0-0 0 0; Mattson 1 0-0 1 2; Stejskal 2 2 4 3 7; Totals: 19 6-15 25 45

Halftime score; Bemidji 34, Grand Rapids 27

Three point field goals Bemidji 3 (Weimann 2, Jensen); Grand Rapids 1-Stejskal

Rebounds: Bemidji 31, Grand Rapids 31

Turnovers: Bemidji 17, Grand Rapids 13

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B Team Game

BEMIDJI (45) Zastrow 15, Gangelhoff 12, Gilbertson 7, Monsrud 7, Johnson 2, Erpelding 2, Minske, Felling, Pence, Mclean, Dahlin, Gudvangen 0

GRAND RAPIDS; (35) Cleveland 9, Mattson 6, Quinn 5, Schlauderoff 4, Olson 3, Peterson 2, Geisler 2, Margo 2, Friesen 2

Halftime score; Bemidji 23, Grand Rapids 15

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C Team Game

BEMIDJI (56) Kane 20, Yost 20, Sagedahl 8, Morehouse 4, Long 2, Brown 2, Muller, Beaulieu, Pender, Anderson 0

GRAND RAPIDS (21) Twite 6, Smith 4, Skerich 3, Ross 2, Chandler 2, Teamo 2, Sundergard 2

Halftimes score; Bemidji 28, Grand Rapids 10

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