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Bemidji HS girls basketball team routs Grand Rapids, rolls to section championship

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The Bemidji High girls basketball team rolled into the Section 7-3A final Friday, pounding Grand Rapids for the third time this year 72-44 before a fine turnout of around 800 fans at the Fieldhouse.

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The win sends Bemidji to Hibbing Thursday night to face the Bluejackets for the title.

Friday's contest was Bemidji at its best.

The girls raced off to a 12-0 lead at the start and never looked back. It grew to 26-8 midway through the stanza and 44-17 by halftime.

Bemidji included four treys among its production, three by Erika Weimann and one by Megan Huseby.

Kayla Hirt and Weimann each had 13 at the break.

Jess Corrick had six to lead the Rapids.

Things got no easier for the visitors after the break, as Bemidji gradually widened the margin.

One high point came near the mid point when Hirt hit her 20th point, breaking her own school single season scoring record. She went on to finish with 23 on and 652, four over her old mark,

It was the second major mark of the game.

The win was Bemidji's 25th, an all-time record, snapping the 24 recorded under Jim Wahl in 1992.

Hirt had major help from Weimann and Kelsey Heisler who hit 15 with Megan Huseby adding eight.

Corrick topped the Rapids for the third time against Bemidji, hitting 16. No one else had more than seven .

Bemidji held a 41-34 lead off the boards with Hirt claiming 12 to draw nearer to the 1,000 mark. Jenna Gilson was high for the Rapids with six.

Bemidji had just 13 turnovers. The Rapids had 25.

The Thunderhawks ended their year at 14-11.

"It was a great ballgame," said Coach Rick Kehoe, "one that I really enjoyed. We came out and took charge at the start and never let the Rapids get into the game."

The team met its usual goal of holding an opponent to less than 20 in the first half and allowed only 27 in the second despite sending15 players onto the court.

One major loss was an ankle injury sustained Abby Hendricks late in the first half. She did not return to play. Should she not be able to start at Hibbing Kenzie Kane would fill that role.

BEMIDJI (72) Heisler 4 7-10 3 15; Hirt 10 3-5 3 23; Hendricks 0 0-0 1 0; Weimann 6 0-0 3 15; Huseby 3 1-1 2 8; Yost 2 1-2 2 5; Kane 0 0-0 2 0; Gilbertson 1 2-3 0 4; Gangelhoff 0 0-0 3 9; Sagedahl 0 0-0 2 0; Felling 0 0-0 0 0;; Monsrud 0 2-4 0 2; Erpelding 0 0-0 0 0; Treat 0 0-0 0 0 ; Morehouse 0 0-0 0 0; Totals: 26 16 26 19 72

GRAND RAPIDS: (44) Gilson 1 5-6 3 7; Niles 1 0-1 4 2; Perreault 0 0- 0 1 0; Corrick 4 89 3 16; Stejskal 3 0-0 2 8; Kleinendorst 0 0-0 1 0; Geisler 0 0-0 1 0; Cleveland 1 2-4 2 4; Sondegaard 2 1-2 0 5; Quinn 0 0-0 1 0; Peterson 0 0-1 0 0; Margo 0 0-0 0 0; Totals: 13 16-22 21 44

Halftime score: Bemidji 44, Grand Rapids 17

Three point field goals; Bemidji 4 (Weimann 3,n Huseby); Grand Rapids 2-Stejskal 2

Rebounds: Bemidji 41, Grand Rapids 34

Turnovers: Bemidji 13, Grad Rapids 25'

Officials: Tony Bartovich and Tom Vucetich

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