Bemidji HS girls basketball: Heisler breaks out for Jacks in win over Staples-Motley
The Bemidji High girls basketball team battled back from its disappointing loss to Eden Prairie Friday to bury a good Staples-Motley quintet 62-41 Saturday afternoon on the losers court.
It left Bemidji at 6-1 on the season and dropped Staples to 4-1, snapping a four game win string since an opening loss to Pequot Lakes.
An 18-0 run to finish the first half told the story, widening a 15-14 lead to 33-14 at the break,.
The losers sliced the margin to 13 twice midway in the second half but were unable to make any further progress as Bemidji closed out the game with a 25-7 run to win going away.
Bemidji showed the wear of Friday night's tough game, switching to a zone defense in the early going and maintaining it throughout to slow down the quick Cardinals.
They dominated the boards at both ends of the court against a smaller foe, getting numerous multiple shots on the offensive board and limiting the losers to one shot at a time.
Caitlin Robinson was the major thorn in Bemidji's side hitting five trey in her seven baskets for a team leading 19 points.
Kayla Hirt, held to eight at the break, took game honors with 21.
Kelsey Heisler returned to double figures for the first time in five starts to end with 11. It was her third double figure game of the season.
Niki Pearson also had double figures for the Cards with 10. But Bemidji had more scoring balance in the long run ,which told the difference
The two teams traded points through the first 10 minutes with Bemidji maintaining narrow leads for the most part.
At 15-14, Megan Huseby drained a trey to start the Bemidji run and added a deuce and her second trey midway through the string.
Hirt had three buckets in the streak and Jess Yost and Heisler one.
Staples opened with a seven point run to open the second half, cutting the lead to 33-21.
At 36-23, Bemidji ran off six straight, only to see the Cards come back to 44-31 on Robinson's trey and a deuce by Bobbie Jo Mathe.
But Erika Weimann stopped this mini run with a trey and Bemidji later had runs of seven and six to win going away.
Bemidji dominated the boards after the break 21-5, at one point firing five straight shots before scoring on one possession.
The girls split the two preliminaries.
Staples canned a trey with six seconds remaining to win the B Game 45-43 after leading by one at the half.
Summer Monsrud had 11 points to pace seven scorers with newcomer Caitlin Hadrava and Dani Gronhovd adding nine.
The freshmen won 45-30 after taking a 24-14 lead at the break.
Blake Bardwell had 14, Jessa Lusby 13 and Greta Steever nine to outscore the Cardinals by themselves.
BEMIDJI (61) Heisler 3 5-5 2 11; Hirt 9 3-4 2 21; Hendricks 1 0-0 1 2; Weimann 2 0-0 0 5; Huseby 3 0-0 0 9; Gangelhoff 2 1-2 0 5; Yost 3 0-0 1 6; Erpelding 1 0-0 0 2; Monsrud 0 0-0 0 0; Felling 0 0-0 0 0; Sagedahl 0 1-2 0 1;Totals:24 10-14-7 62
STAPLES-MOTLEY (41) Pearson 4 1-1 3 10; Robinson 7 0-0 3 19; Lisson 3 0-0 1 6; Mathe 2 0-0 3 4; Rice 0 0-0 3 0; Smith 1 0-0 1 2; McGilvray 0 0-0 0 0; Vasquez 0 0-0 2 0; Totals: 17 1-1 16 41
Three point field goals; Bemidji 4 (Huseby 3, Weimann); S-M 6 (Robinson 5, Pearson)
Halftimeme score: Bemidji 33, Staples-Motley 14
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BEMIDJI B (43) Monsrud 11, Gronhovd 9,.Hadrava 9, Yost 7, Morehouse 3, Treat 2, Sagedahl 2, Erpelding, Kane, Long 0
STAPLES-MOTLEY (45) individual scoring unavailable
Halftime score: Staples-Motley 19, Bemidji 18
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BEMIDJI C (45) Bardwell 14, Lusby 13, Steever 9, Jahner 5, Woods 4; O'Brien, Myhra, Frey, Mart, Conkle 0
STAPLES-MOTLEY (30) Individual scoring unavailable