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Bemidji HS Thursday roundup: Jacks girls basketball loses to Sauk Rapids, boys hockey beats East Grand Forks

The inability to maintain possession proved fatal to the girls basketball team as Bemidji committed 42 turnovers during Thursday's 42-38 home loss to Sauk Rapids in the season opener.

"Most of the turnovers were what I call 'scared' turnovers," said BHS coach Rick Kehoe. "Too many of our kids were playing scared and we need to get after it and see if we can fix those problems."

The Lumberjacks led 20-14 at intermission but Sauk Rapids (1-1) opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take a lead it would never relinquish.

"We played well for stretches but we weren't consistent," Kehoe said. "Our half-court defense was solid but our decision making was horrendous. We'll address that by practicing more at game speed."

Greta Steever led the offense with 12 points while Jess Yost had 11. Summer Monsrud added eight.

Bemidji is off until Tuesday when it hosts Thief River Falls.

Tyler Follis scored a pair of goals and Jeremiah Graves stopped 18 shots to help the Bemidji boys hockey team down East Grand Forks 4-1 Thursday in the season opener at East Grand Forks.

The Jacks took a 2-0 lead in the first stanza on goals by Jake White and Follis and, after EGF drew within 2-1 early in the middle session, Max Hazelton promptly answered when he tipped home Brady Devescovi's shot.

Follis completed the scoring early in the third period.

"Max's goal was a momentum changer," said Lumberjacks coach Wade Chido. "We had just faced a pair of 5-on-3 shorthanded situations that were each one and a half minutes. We killed the first one but gave up a goal on the second.

"We needed a lift and Max's goal gave us that lift."

Bemidji was whistled for 11 minors while the Green Wave had three penalties for six minutes.

"We spent too much time in the penalty box but the kids played hard and did a great job on the penalty kill and the forechecking," Chiodo said. "They did a great job on all of the things I preach."

Jeremiah Graves had 18 saves in the BHS net while the offense tested EGF goalie Hunter Aubol 27 times.

The Jacks return to action 7 p.m. today at Monticello.

Girls Basketball Box

Sauk Rapids: Meyer 2, 0-0, 4; Weirens 1, 0-2, 2; Wotzka 4, 1-2, 9; Rajkowski 1, 0-0, 2; Martin 4, 2-6, 10; Becker 5, 1-3, 11; Cook 2, 0-0, 4. Totals: 19, 4-13, 42.

Bemidji: Erpelding 0, 0-0, 0; Monsrud 3, 1-2, 8; Steever 3, 6-10, 12; Sagedahl 1, -01, 2;p Treat 1, 0-0, 3; Yost 4, 3-7, 11; Woods 0, 1-2, 1; Morehouse 0, 1-2, 1. Totals: 12, 12-14, 38.

Fouls: Sauk Rapids 17, Bemidji 21

Halftime: Bemidji 20, Sauk Rapids 14

Boys hockey Box Score

Bemidji 2 1 1 - 4

East Grand Forks 0 1 0 - 1

First period: 1. BHS, White (Bruestle, Hernesman) 7:26. 2. BHS, Follis (Serratore) 8:43.

Second period: 3. EGF, Hajicek (Ausmus, Swanson) 2:28 PP (5-on-3). 4. BHS, Hazelton (Devescovi, Hernesman) 2:59.

Third period: 5. BHS, Follis (Halbert) 1:05

Shots on goal: BHS, 9-10-8-27. EGF, 4-8-7-19.

Goalies: BHS, Graves (18-19), EGF-Aubol (23-27).

Penalties-minutes: BHS, 11-22. EGF, 3-6

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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