BHS Thursday preview: Jacks boys basketball takes spotlight against Lakers
The Bemidji Lumberjacks boys basketball team has the home spotlight tonight, hosting Detroit Lakes at 7:30 at the Fieldhouse.
Preliminaries will begin at 5:45, the freshmen in the auxiliary gym.
The girls quintet heads south to Brainerd for a key contest while the girls hockey team heads to the North Border to battle Warroad's powerhouse, hoping to improve on their first showing in December at home.
The boys quintet is coming off a dramatic last second 68-66 win over Little Falls Thursday, a game won on Carey Woods' put back with 1.8 seconds remaining.
The Jacks overcame 6-8 center Dan Kornbaum's 30 point performance with a more balanced attack, wearing down the Flyers with steady pressure throughout the game.
Coach Jeff Brown alternated 10 players on the court and saw the move pay off as Bemidji wore down the Flyers at the end.
DL will present more serious problems. Last year the Jacks barely outlasted the Lakers 74-70 in their first game, then had easier sledding in a 75-55 victory in the return match.
DL was 7-6 in its first 13 games numbering Pequot Lakes, Fergus Falls, Crookston and Thief River among its victims.
But they have lost to Little Falls 70-48, Moorhead 89-67 and Staples 80-67.
Saturday, the Jacks complete the week at Sauk Rapids, a team that is 3-10 and in ninth place in the Central Lakes Conference.
Their only wins have come over Pierz, Fergus Falls and Sr. Cloud Cathedral, the Cathedral win reversing a 30 point loss earlier this winter.
The Storm has been blown away by several foes.
Bemidji struggled to outlast the Storm here last year 90-83 in a wild shootout.
The girls, who ran away from West Fargo in Tuesday's double bill opener, face a tough section rival at Brainerd.
The Warriors are 7-6 overall but 6-2 in the CLC only a half game off the lead.
Bemidji won here last year 59-42 getting double figure scoring from four players including 14 from Kayla Hirt.
They beat Willmar 68-61 in overtime one game after Bemidji handed the Cards their first loss of the year 70-64 on their home court.
They have also split two with Apollo and beaten Tech tough losing one sided contests to Alexandria, SMA and Buffalo.
Bemidji has been getting more scoring balance of late especially since the inclusion of freshmen Jess Yost and Kenzie Kane on a regular basis to join Kelsey Heisler and Erika Weimann in bolstering Kayla Hirt's daily barrage.
Hirt should go over the 400 point mark tonight, netting 25 against West Fargo to reach 388. Her 25 West Fargo total raised her career mark to 1,444, eclipsing Erica Lyseng's mark of 1,435. Of those, only 897 were scored in Bemidji after transferring from Littlefork as a sophomore.
It also snapped the BHS record of 1,421 set by Tina Erickson from 1983-86
Saturday, Bemidji also plays at Sauk Rapids, a team showing only one win in 15 starts and a half game ahead of Rocori in the 10-team CLC circuit.
Bemidji blew away the Storm here last year 74-28.
Hirt, Heisler, Yost, Weimann and Abby Hendricks should get the starts with Megan Huseby, Kane and Selina Gilbertson first off the bench.
Caitlin Gangelhoff is about ready to rejoin the cast after recovering from an injury.
Bemidji is now 13-1 on the year.
The girls hockey team carries a 14-3-1 record to Warroad tonight to face the state's top ranked Class A team.
Saturday it heads south to Brainerd to complete a home and home set with the Warriors.
Two of the Bemidji setbacks were by narrow margins, a 2-0 loss to Roseau in a game in which Bemidji outshot the Rams and a 3-2 loss in the final of the Andover Holiday tournament to the host school.
The third, however, is one the team would like to forget, coming 7-1 at the hands of the Warriors here in December.
Warroad out shot Bemidji 29-15 that night and controlled play by an even wider margin.
But Bemidji has gone 6-1-1 since that game and is growing stronger with each outing.
It now bas seven players in double figures including the entire first two lines.
And minus the Warroad game, it has held 17 other foes to 28 goals, less than two per game. Included are three shutouts and four one-goal games.
Shelby Sauer and Allie Lapp lead the way with 23 points.
Maria Thomson should be in goal tonight allowing only 30 goals in her 14 starts.
Saturday, Bemidji will be out to duplicate its 6-2 win over the combines Brainerd-Little Falls team at Brainerd.
Last year it stopped Brainerd 5-1 to open the season.
Six different players scored against the Flying Warriors last week in a balanced attack.
Brainerd is 7-10-1 overall and 3-5 1 in the CLC.
Warroad, of late, has been unstoppable, winning its past eight games by outscoring its foes 79-2 including 16-0 and 15-0 decisions over Silver Bay and Baudette and 13-0 at Superior.
The Bemidji 14-Under team will face the Warroad and Brainerd JV teams in the openers.