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Bemidji HS girls basketball: Steever's shot at buzzer lifts Jacks to victory over Moorhead

Greta Steever scored the winning basket off an inbounds pass at the buzzer Tuesday to give the Bemidji girls basketball team a 52-50 victory at Moorhead.

With the score knotted at 50-50 the Spuds tried to stall the final 42 seconds for the last shot. With less than 10 seconds to play, however, Bemidji stole the ball and had an in-bounds pass under its basket with 1.5 seconds on the clock.

"It was a set play with an up-and-down screen where Jess (Yost) screens for Greta," said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. "If Greta isn't open we pass to Jess."

Steever, however, was open enough for Cheyenne Woods to filter a pass to her teammate.

"It was a situation where Greta caught the ball, shot and it went it," Kehoe said.

Steever's bucket capped a game which saw both teams take charge at different points in the contest. Moorhead opened with an 18-9 run but the Lumberjacks countered with an 18-2 spurt. At intermission BHS managed a 27-25 advantage and the Lumberjacks widened the gap to 47-32 with 5:45 to play.

But the Spuds countered with a 13-0 run to draw within 47-45 and, after Steever scored off an inbounds pass, the home team took a 50-49 lead with five straight points.

Yost converted a free throw with 50 seconds remaining to tie the game and set the stage for the dramatic finish.

"These are the games you circle on your calendar," Kehoe said. "Any time you can beat Moorhead, especially at Moorhead, it is a bonus."

Steever finished with 16 points while Yost had 12 and Jenna Sagedahl 10.

BHS will take a 2-4 record into its Monday game against Hayfield at the Albert Lea tournament.

Bemidji (52): Erpelding 2, 0-0, 4; Monsrud 1, 0-0, 2; Sagedahl 3, 4-4, 10; Treat 1, 0-0, 2; Yost 3, 6-11, 12; Woods 3, 0-0, 6; Steever 7, 2-4, 16. Totals: 20, 12-19, 52.

Moorhead (50): Tonn 5, 0-0, 13; Engen 2, 0-0, 6; Gulsvig 2, 0-0, 4; Henrickson 2, 1-2, 5; Dricsoll 1, 0-0, 2; Dreyer 5, 0-0, 10; Rosenfelts 2, 0-0, 4; Penas 2, 0-0, 4; Groth 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 24, 1-2, 50.

Fouls: Bemidji 8, Moorhead 15

Halftime: Bemidji 27, Moorhead 25

Junior Varsity

Bemidji (31): Myhra 2, 0-0, 4; Bardwell 0, 2-2, 2; Mart 0, 0-2, 0; Morehouse 1, 0-0, 2; Gronhovd 7, 0-0, 14; Lusby 2, 2-2, 7; Moraweitz 1, 0-1. 2. Totals: 13, 4-7, 31.

Moorhead (740: Wixo 8, 0-0, 17; Tonn 1, 0-0, 2; Engen 4, 2-2, 12; Stephensen 3, 1-1, 7; Driscoll 3, 0-0, 6; Penas 4, 0-0, 8; Swanson 7, 0-0, 14; Groth 4, 0-0, 8. Totals: 34, 3-3, 74.

Fouls: Bemidji 6, Moorhead 10

Halftime: Moorhead 43, Bemidji 17

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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