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Bemidji HS girls basketball team takes on Eden Prairie, Staples in weekend road trip

The Bemidji girls basketball team takes its unbeaten record south this weekend for games at Eden Prairie tonight and Staples-Motley tomorrow afternoon.

Both teams are new to the schedule this year although Bemidji and Staples have met frequently through the years.

It is part of coach Rick Kehoe's move to strengthen the schedule as much as possible to better prepare his team for post season play.

Eden Prairie is the state's second largest school with an enrollment of 3,079, only 12 students smaller than Wayzata.

The Eagles are generally a state meet contender in all sports and should be one of Bemidji's strongest foes this year.

Staples was 3-0 in the early going, not pressed by any of the three opponents.

Bemidji takes a 5-0 mark into play fresh from a 70-57 win at Hibbing.

Like many of its early wins, the girls allowed their foe to stay within reach until halftime, then took control down the stretch.

At that, Hibbing's 57 point total was the second highest allowed by the team, topped only by the 68 scored by Crookston in a the 92-68 rout in the season opener.

Kehoe plans no lineup changes tonight with Kayla Hirt flanked by Kelsey Heisler and Abby Hendricks up front and Megan Huseby and Erika Weimann outside.

Seeing frequent play will be Caitlin Gangelhoff, Selina Gilbertson, Maren Erpelding and Jess Yost.

Kehoe is still trying to get more scoring balance to complement Hirt with on only Weimann and Huseby hitting double figures, Weimann three times and Huseby once.

Hirt, however, has scored between 22-36 points in each outing and now has 145 points on the year averaging 29 per game.

The B and C Teams both reached 2-2 with wins at Hibbing Tuesday.