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Kayla Hirt led Bemidji to its win over West Fargo Tuesday night scoring 25 points, including this drive in against Courtney Voeller. It lifted her season mark to 388 and topped Erica Lyseng's career school record in the process. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper
Kayla Hirt led Bemidji to its win over West Fargo Tuesday night scoring 25 points, including this drive in against Courtney Voeller. It lifted her season mark to 388 and topped Erica Lyseng's career school record in the process. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS girls basketball: Hirt surpasses Lyseng's record, Jacks beat West Fargo

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The Bemidji High girls basketball team found 13 their lucky number Tuesday night, rolling past West Fargo 70-51 at the Fieldhouse for their 13th win in 14 starts.

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The game served as a warm up for tomorrow night's key section test at Brainerd. Saturday they close the week at Sauk Rapids, a team still searching for its firs win.

West Fargo had won only once but played far better than a 1-7 team.

They threw a 2-3 zone, forcing Bemidji to shoot mainly from the outside.

And their accuracy was lacking much of the night with only three treys among their 30 field goals connecting.

They also suffered from loose ball handling, committing 21 turnovers, 12 in the opening half.'

But the home team had far too much size and talent and trailed only twice, 5-4 in the opening moments and 15-13 midway through the first half.

Bemidji then went on an 11-2 run to take control and never surrendered it.

Kayla Hirt led the way, hitting 25 to reach 388 on the year.

 But freshman Jess Yost added 17 and Kelsey Heisler 10 to outscore the Packers themselves.

Hirt also set a new school scoring record, snapping the old career mark of Erica Lyseng of 1,485 though only 897 of that total was scored after her move from Littlefork to Bemidji.

West Fargo's main force was Katelyn Holland who netted 24 on a variety of shots both inside and out. Clarissa Becher had 13 but no one else topped five.

Two Hirt buckets opened the game. But West Fargo came back to take a 5-4 lead.

Bemidji then ran nine and moved in front 13-5 and seemed to be on its way.

But turnovers began to cut into the lead and the visitors ran 10 straight to go to a 15-13 lead.

But that was it.

Bemidji opened its 11-2 run with an Abby Hendricks shot in the lane and was leading 26-17 before West Fargo broke the spell.

Each side had seven down the stretch, Hirt closing the period with a 30 footer at the buzzer,.

She had 15 and Holland 13 at the break.

Bemidji began slowing things down after the break working for safe shots and working the ball inside to Yost and Hirt who hit repeatedly on the baseline.

An 18-6 start all but wrapped up the contest opening the lead to 51-31.

The Packers came no closer than15 the rest of the way.

Bemidji held a 33-28 lead off the boards with Hirt claiming 16. Bucher's five was the Packers top.

Bemidji ended with 21 turnovers. West Fargo had 23.

The B Team, proved no match for the Packers JV with seven players off the varsity playing for the visitors.

They took a 33-14 halftime lead and rolled to a 62-26 decision.

it was the eighth loss for the home team in 13 decisions and third straight since Yost and Kenzie Kane departed for full time varsity play.

Caitlin Hadrava led Bemidji with seven. Mary DeJong had 16, Alissa Mears and 12 Cheree Mears 10 for West Fargo.

BEMIDJI (70) Heisler 4 2-3 4 10, Hirt 11 2-2 3 25; Hendricks 3 0-0 2 6; Weimann 1 0-0 3 3; Huseby 0 2-3 3 2; Yost 8 1-1 1 17; Kane 2 0-0 3 5; Gilbertson 0 0-0 0 0; Felling 1 0-0 0 2; Totals: 30 7-9 19 70

WEST FARGO (51) Becher 6 1-3 4 13; Green 1 3-5 1 5; Nelson 1 1-2 3 3; Holland 6 9-15, 1 24; Voeller 1 2-3 3 4; Gustafson 0 0-0 1 0; Miller 0 0-0 0 0; DeJong 0 0-0 0; Mears 0 0-0 0 0; Krogh 1 0-0 0 2; Beltezore 0 0-0 0 0; Totals:: 16 15-28 13 51

Three point field goals; West Fargo 4-Holand 4; .Bemidji 3 (Hirt, Weimann, Kane)

Rebounds; Bemidji 33, West Fargo 28

Turnovers: Bemidji 21, West Fargo 23

Officials:: Pat Pollard, Jim Erzar and Dan Persons

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BEMIDJI B (26) Hadrava 7, Morehouse 6. Long 5,. Sagedahl 4, Lane 2, Erpelding 1, Monsrud 1, Treat, Gronhovd, Muller, Williams, Deegan, Pender 0

WEST FARGO (62) DeJong 16, Mears 12, Reeves 10, Beltezore 7, Schnepf 6., Zahradka 5, Krogh 2, Hummel 2, Vig 2

Halftime score: West Fargo 33, Bemidji 14

Three point field goals; West Fargo 2-DeJong 2; Bemidji 1-Long

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