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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Another second-half rally by the Bemidji girls basketball team came up short as the Lumberjacks dropped a 55-45 decision at Alexandria Saturday.

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BHS trailed 32-12 at intermission but battled back to a seven-point deficit with three minutes to play. A series of turnovers, however, prevented the Lumberjacks from closing the gap any further and the home team finished with a 10-point triumph.

"In the second half we started to play the way we are capable of playing and we took care of the basketball," said Bemidji coach Rick Kehoe. "If we play the rest of the year like we did for most of the second half, we'll win our final three games."

Those games include Friday's contest at Duluth Central and home games Feb. 22 against Detroit Lakes and Feb. 24 against Grand Rapids.

Jess Yost had 15 points and Caitlin Hadrava 11 to pace Bemidji's offense. Yost also had a strong defensive performance.

"Jess played her best game of the year," Kehoe said. "She may have had more points in some games but, offensively and defensively, this was her finest game. Jess didn't back down, she played physical and attacked on both ends of the court."

Saturday's loss dropped the Lumberjacks to 4-15 while Alexandria improved to 18-2.

Bemidji (45): Erpelding 1, 0-1, 2; Monsrud 3, 0-1, 7; Sagedahl 2, 0-0, 4; Yost 7, 1-2, 15; Morehouse 1, 0-0, 3; Hadrava 4, 2-2, 11; Steever 1, 1-2, 3. Totals: 19, 4-8, 45

Alexandria (55): Christianson 0, 0-2, 0; Ebert 0, 0-0, 0; Haar 2, 0-0, 4; Wold-Clough 0, 0-0, 0; Warnes 7, 3-6, 17; Wood 1, 0-1, 2; Gesell 1, 0-0, 2; S.Trumm 9, 3-6, 21; L.Trumm 4, 1-1, 9. Totals: 24, 7-16, 55

Fouls: Bemidji 16, Alexandria 18

Halftime: Alexandria 32, Bemidji 12

Junior Varsity

Bemidji (40): Myhra 0, 4-6, 4; Bardwell 2, 1-3, 5; Mart 3, 0-0, 6; Morehouse 2, 4-6, 8; Long 1, 1-2, 3; Lusby 4, 1-4, 10; J.Williams 1, 0-2, 2; Muller 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 14, 11-23, 40

Alexandria: Peterson 1, 1-2, 4; Christianson 2, 1-2, 5; Helinsky 4, 2-4, 11; Larson 3, 1-2, 7; Fyurud 2, 1-4, 8; Bowser 4, 1-4, 9; Wold-Clough 1, 0-0, 2; Peck 2, 0-0, 4; Ludwig 1, 1-4, 3. Totals: 20, 8-22, 53

Fouls: Bemidji 13, Alexandria 15

Halftime: Alexandria 27, Bemidji 23

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