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Bemidji's Jess Yost drives past two Hibbing defenders Tuesday night. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Hibbing rallies to Bemidji girls basketball team

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Hailey Smith's two free throws with 13.4 seconds to play lifted Hibbing to a 53-51 come-from-behind victory over the BHS girls basketball team Tuesday in Bemidji.

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The Jacks took a 14-11 lead when Jenna Sagedahl drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 9:30 to play in the opening half and Bemidji eventually stretched the cushion to 32-16 following Summer Monsrud's trey and buckets by Jess Yost, Summer Monsrud and Sagedahl.

Hibbing, however, scored the final four points of the first half and trailed 32-21 at intermission.

Bemidji was unable to put the Bluejackets away in the second stanza and three BHS turnovers and a pair of missed shots opened the door for the visitors. Hibbing took advantage of the opportunity and tied the game 49-49 with 2:30 to play.

Maren Erpelding connected from the side to give BHS a 51-49 edge with 1:06 to play but Smith scored on a drive seven seconds later to knot the score once again.

The Jacks had their shot blocked with 33 seconds remaining and Smith provided the winning points with her free throws.

Tuesday's loss dropped Bemidji to 0-4. The Lumberjacks will continue their search for that elusive initial victory Saturday when they host St. Cloud Apollo.

Hibbing (53): Nyberg 2, 0-0, 6; Barnhill 1, 0-0, 3; Jamar 1, 0-0, 2; Rudberg 3, 0-0, 7; Weisbrick 1, 0-0, 2; McLauglin 5, 0-0, 12; Smith 7, 4-4, 18; Swanson 1, 1-5, 3. Totals: 21, 5-9, 53.

Bemidji (51): Erpelding 2, 0-0, 2; Monsrud 3, 0-0, 7; Sagedahl 3, 0-0, 7; Treat 3, 0-0, 6; Yost 5, 3-4, 13; Woods 1, 2-3, 4; Steever 6, 0-0, 12; Morehouse 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 33, 5-7, 51.

Halftime: Bemidji 32, Hibbing 21

Fouls: Hibbing 11, Bemidji 15

Junior Varsity

Hibbing (38): Lalande 4, Knudson 16, Jamae 2, Pogareis 2, Norman 4, Matetich 6, Sellman 4. Totals: 15, 8-18, 38.

Bemidji (53): Myhra 0, Bardwell 8, Muller 2, Mart 8, Morehouse 0, Long 2, Gronhovd 6, Hadrava 13, Lusby 14. Totals: 23, 5-9, 53.

Fouls: Hibbing 9, Bemidji 14

Halftime: Hibbing 22, Bemidji 20

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Pioneer staff reports
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