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Bemidji HS girls basketball team hosts Duluth East looking for sixth straight victory

The Bemidji High girls basket ball team takes the home spotlight tonight, hosting Duluth East at 7:15 at the Fieldhouse.

The B and C games will begin at 5:30, 15 minutes earlier than the usual starting time, to enable the Greyhounds to get an earlier start home.

Bemidji took last year's battle 72-61 in Duluth and is heavily favored at home.

It brings a 10-1 record into play after a 76-62 victory Tuesday at Cloquet.

That came after a 70-64 win at Willmar Saturday, handing the Cards their first loss of the year.

East is struggling this winter, going 2-1 in its first three game but losing its last seven to fall to 2-8.

The pair have met two common opponents. East opened with a 68-36 win over Cloquet and later fell to Grand Rapids 60-53, a team Bemidji trounced 72-42 at the Rapids.

Bemidji had some defensive problems Tuesday allowing center Annabelle Morrisroe to work inside for 15 layups in the contest.

But the offense was in high gear, especially Kayla Hirt who bettered her single game scoring record with a 40 point night. That lifted her over the 300 point mark to 303, well on her way to bettering her last year's mark of 658. She has scored 118 in her last four starts.

She will man the post tonight with Abby Hendricks and Kelsey Heisler working the baseline and Erika Weimann outside.

Both Megan Huseby and Caitlin Gangelhoff missed the Cloquet game with minor injuries and their status is unknown for tonight.

Sure to see heavy play is the freshman tandem of Jess Yost and Kenzie Kane who contributed 18 points Tuesday after hitting 22 at Willmar.

Selina Gilbertson, Maren Erpelding and Jenna Sagedahl are others likely to see action.

The B Team has squared its record at 5-5 while Larry Dahl's freshmen are 6-3 with a four-game win string.

Saturday the girls close a busy week at Sartell in a 3:30 matinee.

The Sabres will be one of the better teams on the slate, reaching 8-1 Tuesday with a 57-32 romp past Cathedral. Their only loss came to Willmar 52-44. They number Tech, Apollo and Little Falls among their victims.

It is the type of opposition Coach Rick Kehoe relishes to better prepare his team for post season play.

Bemidji smothered the Sabres here last year 79-42 with four players in double figures. Hirt led with 22.