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BHS Thursday preview: Girls basketball team takes 7-1 mark against DL

The Bemidji High School girls basketball team returns to the court tonight to host Detroit Lakes at 7:30 at the Fieldhouse.

It is the only BHS team in town tonight.

The boys hockey team heads to Crookston for a Mariucci Conference test with the Pirates while the swimmers go east for a dual at Grand Rapids.

All three stand a good chance of winning.

The basketball team would seem to be heavily favored, bringing a 7-1 mark into play against a young DL team that is 1-8, beating Wadena 65-63 Tuesday for their first win..

The Lakers had not come within seven points of an opponent in their previous five starts after dropping their first two to Dilworth-Glynton-Felton and Thief River Falls by three and one.

Bemidji took both of last year's meetings, 78-53 and 61-47.

Bemidji has been idle since beating Moorhead 63-59 before Christmas, making harder work than anticipated out of a game that might have been won more convincingly.

The girls' only loss thus far came at Eden Prairie against one of the state's top Class 4A contenders. And that game was close into the final eight minutes.

The two teams tonight have met only one common opponent, Thief River, a team Bemidji blew out 66-32.

The 12-day break has given Coach Rick Kehoe and his staff an opportunity to work on problems that came up in December and should have the team at top form to start the new year.

Kayla Hirt, who closed December with a school-record 38-point performance against Moorhead, will lead the way.

That pushed her season total over the 200 mark to 223, well on her way to topping her single-season mark of 658 set last year.

But she is getting increasingly good support with Kelsey Heisler, Erika Weimann and Megan Huseby all capable of hitting double figures on any night and Abby Hendricks directing traffic and leading the defensive effort.

Caitlin Gangelhoff, Selina Gilbertson, Maren Erpelding and Jess Yost are first off the bench, with Summer Monsrud back in shape now and ready to add another shooter to the mix.

The B and C Teams will be looking to start the new year with victories.

The B Team is 2-5, losing its last two by two and five points. The freshmen are 3-3 after a slow start.

The girls complete their week Saturday traveling to Willmar for a 3 p.m. matinee.

Seek league win

The boys hockey team will be seeking a conference win to get back into contention in the Mariucci Conference, where they stand 1-3 at the holiday break.

Crookston will be playing its second league game after falling to Roseau 5-2 Tuesday. The Jacks stand 7-5 after Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Grand Rapids.

Crookston is 2-8-1 overall, its only wins coming over Red Lake Falls and Hutchinson where it scored 15 of its 30 goals.

Bemidji struggled to win here last year 3-2 and will need a full game to prevail again.

The Jacks played well at the Duluth Invitational to take third place with a 7-1 win over Cottage Grove's Park High after losing to Cloquet in the semifinals 5-2.

It has been getting more scoring balance of late with all four lines showing the ability to score.

Jesse Nemgar (20) and Rylee Curb (16) are leading the way, though no longer paired on the same unit.

Nemgar centered Tyler Follis and Steve Heller Tuesday while Curb skated with Mike Rees and Lucas Phillips.

Max Hazelton was between Brady Devescovi and Jordan Heller. Will Bruestle and John Forseth will likely skate with Luke Burns tonight.

Burns returned to action against the Rapids after being out with an injury but only skated with the JV.

The B Team carries a 12-1 mark into its game, losing 3-2 to the Hawks Tuesday after winning its first 12.

The boys complete their three-game week hosting St. Cloud Cathedral at Nymore Saturday at 6.

Second dual

The swimmers will be facing only their second dual meet tonight at Grand Rapids. The Lumberjacks edged Thief River Falls 88-82 before Christmas.

That came after a third-place finish at the St. Cloud Apollo Relays on a day it was missing Matt Wilcox and Dylan Hoven, both at the Junior Nationals at Indianapolis.

The Christmas Week Brainerd Invitational was cancelled due to mechanical problems at the Brainerd pool.

Bemidji won over the Thunderhawks here 109-77 last year.

The Hawks have beaten Hibbing but lost to Virginia and Minnetonka in duals, finished fourth at the Blaine Invitational and fifth at their own Up North Invitational last week.

The Jacks defend their title Saturday at the Detroit Lakes Invitational.

Today's starting lineup was still not finalized.