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Bemidji HS girls basketball team suffers first loss of the season

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Bemidji HS girls basketball team suffers first loss of the season
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The Bemidji High girls basketball team got its second look at Twin Cities basketball Friday night and paid a heavy price.

The Eden Prairie Eagles overcame a slow start to finish strong, outshooting Bemidji 46-20 after the intermission to run away with a 76-51 win.

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For 12 minutes, however, the taller team controlled the larger school to build a 28-16 lead and seemed to be on its way to a dramatic upset.

But the Eagles surged back to slice the lead to a single point at the break, then took total control in the second half.

"It was a learning experience," said Coach Rick Kehoe.

"We got what we came down here to do, compete against the state's best and learn. It can only help us in the long run."

"We played very well in the first half and should have led by even more. But our shots stopped falling in the second half and the Eagles' press was more than we could handle. We will learn from that too."

It was a game of streaks.

An early seven point string gave Bemidji a 14-8 lead.

Eden Prairie countered with eight to go back ahead 16-14

Then Bemidji launched a run of 14 unanswered points including pair of treys from Kayla Hirt to move to a 28-16 lead and seemed ready to take complete charge.

It was not to be.

For the Eagles steadied at this point, stepped up their full court pressure and outscored the visitors 14-3 until halftime, narrowing the gap to 31-30 on a last second trey by Morgan VanRiper-Rose.

At the half, Bemidji held a huge 29-13 boards bulge but had given up the ball 13 times to only10 for the Eagles.

Bemidji got off to an early good start in the opening moments of the second half to lead 36-32.

From then on, it was all Eagles.

A nine point run sent them ahead 41-36.

After Bemidji answered with three, Eden Prairie ran the next 11 to move ahead 52-39 and all but end matters.

Megan Huseby's trey brought Bemidji within nine at 52-43 midway through the stanza but it was the final gasp.

The Eagles continued forcing turnover and turning them into easy layups to outscore Bemidji 24-8 in the closing eight minutes with reserves playing out the game.

Shayne Mullaney led three Eagles in double figures with 20. Sophomore Center Jackie Johnson, the only starter over six feet, had 18 as did Van Riper-Rose.

Bemidji also had three reach double figures with Hirt getting 19, Erika Weimann 14 and freshman Jess Yost 10 in her finest outing of the season.

Eden Prairie led off the boards 24-19 in the second half but trailed in the game 48-37.

But another 16 turnovers sent Bemidji to 29 while the Eagles had 15, only five after the break.

The decision lifted Eden Prairie, the state's No. 4 ranked team in 4A to 5-0.

Bemidji, rated No. 7 in 3A, dropped to 5-1.

It will get a chance to start a new win string this afternoon at Staples in a 3:30 contest against the once beaten Cardinals, one of the better 2A teams in the area.

In the preliminaries, Eden Prairie won both games with strong second halves.

Both Bemidji teams were overmatched, the B Team facing the Eagles JV and the freshmen matched with the sophomores.

The B game was tied 19-19 at the break with Eden Prairie winning the second half 15-9.

Yost hit 10 and Summer Monsrud 9 to lead Bemidji.

The freshmen also were tied at the half 25-25 but outscored 31-11 in the second half. Greta Steever hit 11, Blake Bardwell 9 and Cheyenne Woods 8 for Bemidji. Both teams fell to 2-3.

BEMIDJI (51) Heisler 0 1-2 0 1; Hirt 5 5-8 0 19; Hendricks 0 0-0 1 0; Weimann 6 0-0 2 14; Huseby 1 0-0 1 3; Gangelhoff 0 2-2 0 2; Yost 4 2-8 0 10; Erpelding 0 0-0 0 0; Sagedahl 0 0-0 1 0; Felling 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 1 0-0 0 2; Gilbertson 0 0-0 0 0; Monsrud 0 0-1 0 0; Totals: 17 10-21 5 51

EDEN PRAIRIE (76) Mullaney 10 0-0 3 20; VanRiper-Rose 6 2-2 0 18; Johnson 9 0-0 2 18; Gibson 2 0-0 1 4; Uhl 1 0-0 2 2; Zuck 2 0-0 0 4; Weybright 2 0-2 0 5; Sparkman 0 0-0 1 0; Lenker 1 0-0 5 2; Tuttle 1 0-0 1 3; Hamilton 0 0-0 0 0; McGrew 0 0-0 1 0; Willeck 0 0-0 32 0; Totals: 34 2-4 19 76

Three point field goals Bemidji 7 (Hirt 4, Weimann1 2, Huseby); Eden Prairie 6 (VanRiper-Rose 4, Weybright) Tuttle)

Halftime score: Bemidji 31, Eden Prairie 30

Rebounds: Bemidji 48, Eden Prairie 37

Turnovers; Bemidji 29, Eden Prairie 15

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BEMIDJI B (28) Yost 10. Monsrud 8, Erpelding 5, Gronhovd 2, Sagedahl 2, Hadrava 1, Treat, Morehouse, Long, Kane, Williams 0

EDEN PRAIRIE JV (34) Knutson 6, McGrew 6, Ditty 6., Willeck 5, Foreman 4, Sparkman 4, Rudin 3

Halftime score; Bemidji 19, Eden Prairie 19

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BEMIDJI C (36) Steever 11. Bardwell 9, Woods 8., Lusby 6, Frey 2, Johnson, O'Brien, Jahner 0

EDEN PRAIRIE B (56) individual scoring unavailable

Halftime score; Bemidji 25, Eden Prairie 25

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