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Girls basketball team snaps losing streak at Duluth Central

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Friday's return trip from Duluth Central for the Bemidji girls basketball players and coaches didn't seen that long as they could spend their time on the bus remembering the highlights of a 58-49 victory.

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The win was only Bemidji's fifth of the winter and Friday's triumph snapped a losing streak that had stretched to nine games.

The last time the Lumberjacks tasted victory was Jan. 11 at home against Cloquet.

"It feels wonderful getting this weight off our shoulders," said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. "We needed a game like this. We controlled the tempo and we dictated what was going to happen.

"We deserved to win this game," Kehoe added.

Duluth Central entered the contest 7-14 and late in the opening half the Trojans seemed on their way to another win as they constructed a 27-19 lead.

But Bemidji dominated the final 1:40 of the half and a pair of baskets by Greta Steever and Caitlin Hadrava's 15-footer drew the Lumberjacks within 27-25 at intermission.

The visitors tied the game 45 seconds into the second half as Hadrava connected from the paint and a few minutes later buckets from Hadrava, Jess Yost and Cheyenne Woods gave Bemidji a 36-32 lead.

"We had the big run at the end of the first half and continued it into the second half," Kehoe said. "We needed that to get us back into contention."

Duluth East didn't have an answer for Bemidji's comeback and the Jacks methodically widened their advantage the rest of the way.

Yost scored a team-high 18 points despite fouling out with six minutes to play. Steever contributed 14, Woods 11 and Hadrava 10.

"Everybody had to come through for us to get this win," the coach said. "And everybody did."

Bemidji, 5-15, will close its regular season with a pair of home games next week. The Jacks will entertain Detroit Lakes on Tuesday and Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Bemidji (58): Erpelding 0, 0-1, 0; Sagedahl 0, 1-2, 1; Treat 2, 0-1, 4; Yost 8, 2-5, 18; Woods 3, 4-5, 11; Hadrava 4, 2-2,10; Steever 7, 0-0, 14. Totals: 24, 9-16, 58

Duluth Central (49): Hamm 3, 2-3, 9; Pederson 1, 0-0, 2; DesMarais 2, 0-0, 4; VonRueden 6, 2-2, 18; Bauers 2, 0-0, 4; Fleissner 1, 1-4, 3; Micheau 0, 2-2, 2; Hendrickson 2, 2-2, 7. Totals: 17, 9-13, 49

Fouls: Bemidji 13, Duluth Central 18

Halftime: Duluth Central 27, Bemidji 25

Junior Varsity

Bemidji (37): Myhra 3, 0-0, 6; Treat 1, 0-1, 3; Gronhove 2, 3-9, 7; Lusby 0, 5-8, 5; J.Williams 1, 0-0, 2; Bardwell 3, 1-2, 7; Mart 0, 0-2, 0; Morehouse 3, 1-2, 7. Totals: 13, 10-24, 37

Duluth Central: Fleissner 0, 0-0, 0; Pederson 1, 0-0, 2; DesMarais 2, 0-0, 4; Waldbillig ,1 0-0, 2; Jarvey 1, 0-0, 2; Taipale 3, 0-0, 6; Jensen 1, 0-0, 2; Michaels 0, 2-2, 2; Hill 0, 1-4, 1; Thury 3, 2-2, 8; Warren 2, 1-2, 5. Totals: 14, 6-10, 34

Fouls: Bemidji 11, Duluth Central 16

Halftime: Bemidji 22, Duluth Central 21

Freshman Game

Bemidji 44, Duluth Central 18

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Friday's return trip from Duluth Central for the Bemidji girls basketball players and coaches didn't seen that long as they could spend their time on the bus remembering the highlights of a 58-49 victory.

The win was only Bemidji's fifth of the winter and Friday's triumph snapped a losing streak that had stretched to nine games.

The last time the Lumberjacks tasted victory was Jan. 11 at home against Cloquet.

"It feels wonderful getting this weight off our shoulders," said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. "We needed a game like this. We controlled the tempo and we dictated what was going to happen.

"We deserved to win this game," Kehoe added.

Duluth Central entered the contest 7-14 and late in the opening half the Trojans seemed on their way to another win as they constructed a 27-19 lead.

But Bemidji dominated the final 1:40 of the half and a pair of baskets by Greta Steever and Caitlin Hadrava's 15-footer drew the Lumberjacks within 27-25 at intermission.

The visitors tied the game 45 seconds into the second half as Hadrava connected from the paint and a few minutes later buckets from Hadrava, Jess Yost and Cheyenne Woods gave Bemidji a 36-32 lead.

"We had the big run at the end of the first half and continued it into the second half," Kehoe said. "We needed that to get us back into contention."

Duluth East didn't have an answer for Bemidji's comeback and the Jacks methodically widened their advantage the rest of the way.

Yost scored a team-high 18 points despite fouling out with six minutes to play. Steever contributed 14, Woods 11 and Hadrava 10.

"Everybody had to come through for us to get this win," the coach said. "And everybody did."

Bemidji, 5-15, will close its regular season with a pair of home games next week. The Jacks will entertain Detroit Lakes on Tuesday and Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Bemidji (58): Erpelding 0, 0-1, 0; Sagedahl 0, 1-2, 1; Treat 2, 0-1, 4; Yost 8, 2-5, 18; Woods 3, 4-5, 11; Hadrava 4, 2-2,10; Steever 7, 0-0, 14. Totals: 24, 9-16, 58

Duluth Central (49): Hamm 3, 2-3, 9; Pederson 1, 0-0, 2; DesMarais 2, 0-0, 4; VonRueden 6, 2-2, 18; Bauers 2, 0-0, 4; Fleissner 1, 1-4, 3; Micheau 0, 2-2, 2; Hendrickson 2, 2-2, 7. Totals: 17, 9-13, 49

Fouls: Bemidji 13, Duluth Central 18

Halftime: Duluth Central 27, Bemidji 25

Junior Varsity

Bemidji (37): Myhra 3, 0-0, 6; Treat 1, 0-1, 3; Gronhove 2, 3-9, 7; Lusby 0, 5-8, 5; J.Williams 1, 0-0, 2; Bardwell 3, 1-2, 7; Mart 0, 0-2, 0; Morehouse 3, 1-2, 7. Totals: 13, 10-24, 37

Duluth Central: Fleissner 0, 0-0, 0; Pederson 1, 0-0, 2; DesMarais 2, 0-0, 4; Waldbillig ,1 0-0, 2; Jarvey 1, 0-0, 2; Taipale 3, 0-0, 6; Jensen 1, 0-0, 2; Michaels 0, 2-2, 2; Hill 0, 1-4, 1; Thury 3, 2-2, 8; Warren 2, 1-2, 5. Totals: 14, 6-10, 34

Fouls: Bemidji 11, Duluth Central 16

Halftime: Bemidji 22, Duluth Central 21

Freshman Game

Bemidji 44, Duluth Central 18

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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