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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bemidji falls to Pequot Lakes in opener

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PEQUOT LAKES – The Bemidji girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a fast start from Pequot Lakes. The Patriots had four players in double figures – including two with 20-plus points – and scored early and often in a 86-63 victory over the Lumberjacks Thursday night. It was Bemidji’s season opener.

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The Patriots (2-0) jumped out to an early 15-point first-half lead, and by the time the Lumberjacks knew it, the Patriots led 45-28 at halftime.

“They played very well in the first half,” BHS head coach Rick Kehoe said. “Our defense wasn’t where we needed it to be tonight, but they still shot very well tonight.”

Aside from a brief run in the second half that cut Pequot Lakes’ lead to 12, the Jacks (0-1) couldn’t get anything going in the final frame. BHS held Pequot Lakes to just 21 second half points but only scored 15.

Jess Yost paced the Lumberjacks with 17 points, including shooting 7-of-9 from the foul line.

Sophomores Kelsey Olson and Alexa Greendahl joined Yost in double figures for BHS, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jessa Lusby wasn’t far behind with nine points.

For Pequot Lakes, Kayla Miller paced the team with 22 points while Katie White scored 20 points on four 3-pointers. Vanessa Lane added 17 and Jessica Kreitz 11.

The Lumberjacks return to Bemidji Tuesday when they’ll host Thief River Falls in their home opener. The Prowlers are 2-0 after wins against Detroit Lakes and Bagley this week.

Bemidji (63) – Lusby 3 0-0 9; K. Olson 4 0-0 11; Riley 1 0-0 2; Greendahl 5 0-1 10; Yost 5 7-9 17; Gronhovd 2 4-4 8; Steever 3 0-0 6. Totals 24 11-14 63.

Pequot Lakes (86) – Ryan 1 0-0 2; Wiebolt 2 0-0 4; Bzdok 3 0-0 6; Lane 8 1-2 17; Buell 1 0-0 2; White 7 2-2 20; Miller 11 0-1 22; Palmer 1 0-0 2; Kreirz 4 3-4 11. Totals 38 6-9 86.

3-point FGs – Bemidji 4, Pequot Lakes 4. Halftime – Pequot Lakes 45, Bemidji 28

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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