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BHS girls basketball beats Hibbing

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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Bemidji High girls basketball team turned in one of its finest performances of the year Tuesday, notching an impressive 52-48 road win at Hibbing.

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After building a 25-20 halftime lead, the Jacks kept on cruising and went ahead 46-32 with just over six minutes remaining, according to BHS head coach Rick Kehoe.

"We made some situational substitutions then and Hibbing was able to crawl its way back into the game," he said.

After a few three point plays and stellar free throw shooting by Hibbing, the Jacks were suddenly in a ball game -- leading by two points with about 50 seconds left to play.

Meg Claypool then came up with the big play down the stretch for the Jacks, making a steal and getting fouled. She calmly stepped to the line with three seconds remaining and canned both free throws, putting the Jacks up by four and icing the game.

"It was a good win for the girls," said Kehoe. "We were disciplined and took care of the basketball. Our turnovers were way down compared to earlier games."

Kayla Hirt had a big game for the Jacks, ending with 20 points on nine field goals and a pair from the free throw line. She was the only Lumberjack player in double figures on the night.

Kelsey Nelson was next for the Jacks with eight, while Ashley Erickson ended with seven.

Hibbing was paced by Melissa Nyberg with 15 and Beth Marklowitz with 13.

The improved the Jacks to 4-2 on the year. The team returns to action Friday, hosting Warroad.

BHS (52): Janelle Christensen 0 0-0 1 0, Megan Larson 0 0-0 1 0, Meg Claypool 0 3-4 1 3, Kayla Hirt 9 2-5 1 20, Ashley Hirt 3 0-0 2 6, Lexie Gauwitz 1 0-0 4 2, Abby Hendricks 0 0-1 2 0, Ashley Erickson 3 1-2 4 7, Ana Molnar 3 0-0 2 6, Kelsey Nelson 3 2-2 1 8

Three pointers: none

HHS(48): Melissa Nyberg 5 5-7 4 15, Courtney Marschalk 0 0-0 0 0, Missa Matetich 0 0-1 1 0, Nilary Numgarden 2 0-0 1 4, Beth Marklowitz 5 3-3 1 13, Laicee Grahel 4 1-1 4 9, Alia Cook 2 3-6 3 7

Three pointers: none

Frosh fall 48-45

The BHS freshman team saw its record fall to 3-3 with a 48-45 loss to Hibbing. Most of the offense took place in the second half after Hibbing built a 18-16 first hal lead.

Kaley Webolt with 12 and 10 from Taylor McLean paced the Jacks on the night. Hibbing's Taylor Varichak

BHS (45): Kaley Webolt 12, Taylor McLean 10, Liz Hirt 8, Anna Pence 4, Marin Erpelding 4, Summer Monsrud 3, Brittany Warren 2, Sara Heisler 2

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