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Caitlin Hadrava grabs an offensive rebound in the first half and puts it back up for two on Tuesday evening against Cloquet. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS girls basketball: Jacks hold on for close victory over Cloquet

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The Bemidji girls basketball team forged a 32-25 lead at intermission, extended the margin to 14 points with five minutes to play and eventually posted a 55-53 home victory over Cloquet Tuesday.

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The win upped Bemidji's record to 4-6 and the Lumberjacks will try to improve upon that mark Thursday when they host Duluth East.

"We hung on tonight," said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. "We had the 14-point lead and then you could see it happen. We weren't looking to score and we started making mistakes. But we did hang on."

Cloquet opened with a 9-5 lead but a pair of baskets by Cheyenne Woods quickly tied the score. Jess Yost followed with an inside hoop and Bemidji had a lead it would not relinquish.

Yost paced the offense as she hit 11 baskets and finished with 28 points. Caitlin Hadrava added 15 points on the strength of seven buckets, including one from 3-point range.

Defensively the Jacks played well and made Cloquet earn every point.

"We played solid defense and we're getting better as a team," Kehoe said. "I don't think the girls realize how good a team they can be."

Cloquet (53): Campbell 1, 0-0, 3; Rathe 4, 0-2, 8; Paulson 1, 1-4, 4; Hraban 3, 1-4, 7; Schmitz 2, 0-0, 4; Zeadow 2, 0-1, 5; McMillen 3, 2-4, 9; Masessa 0, 0-2, 0; Morrisroe 6, 1-2, 13. Totals: 22, 5-19, 53.

Bemidji (55):P Erpelding 0, 0-1, 0; Monsrud 0, 0-4, 0; Sagedahl 2, 2-2, 6; Treat 0, 0-0, 0; Yost 11, 6-11, 28; Woods 2, 0-0, 4; Morehouse 0, 0-0, 0; AHadrava 7, 0-3, 15; Myhra 0, 0-0, 0; Gronhovd 0, 2-3, 2. Totals: 22, 10-24, 55.

Fouls: Cloquet 19, Bemidji 17

Halftime: Bemidji 32, Cloquet 25

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Cloquet (45): Campbell 5, 3-5, 13; Thompson 1, 3-3, 5; Kedrowski 4, 0-0, 8; Wappes 3, 1-6, 7; Jensen 3, 0-0, 6; Schmitz 2, 0-0, 4; Bieri 1, 0-2, 2. Totals: 19, 7-16, 45.

Bemidji (41): Williams 1, 0-0, 2; Myhra 1, 3-4, 5; Treat 0, 0-0, 0; Bardwell 0, 0-0, 0; Morehouse 1, 1-4, 3; Gronhovd 3, 10-14, 17; Lusby 3, 5-6, 11; Moraweitz 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 10, 20-30, 41.

Fouls: Cloquet 23, Bemidji 19

Halftime: Bemidji 20, Cloquet 16

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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