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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bemidji can’t convert foul shots, falls to Moorhead in overtime

Bemidji’s Maura Chadwick (11) is fouled by Moorhead’s Kayla Dalquist in the first half of basketball action Tuesday evening. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer1 / 2
Bemidji's Alexa Greendahl takes a low feed and takes it to the basket during the first half Tuesday against Moorhead.2 / 2

BEMIDJI — When the combatants are evenly matched a team must take advantage of its opportunities if it is going to win. Tuesday night at the Bemidji High School gym the Lumberjacks failed to do that and the result was a 46-43 overtime loss to Moorhead.

“Missing free throws and not rebounding were the differences,” said BHS coach Rick Kehoe after the loss. “We have to make our free throws and we have to find a way to block out under the (defensive) basket.

“Moorhead and Bemidji are two teams that probably are about the same in terms of strengths and weaknesses. But the bottom line is, if we rebound, we win by 10 points.”

The Lumberjacks held an advantage on the scoreboard most of the game but the Spuds eventually drew even at 35-35 midway through the second half and no more than three points separated the teams the rest of the way. Cheyenne Woods hit three of four free throws in the final two minutes to give BHS a 43-41 advantage but Moorhead answered with Kayle Dalquist’s bucket from the side with 48 seconds remaining in regulation.

That basket proved to be the final salvo of regulation as both teams squandered their last offensive opportunity.

Moorhead won the overtime tip and Dahlquist converted an offensive rebound to give the Spuds a 45-43 lead with 3:40 to play.

The Jacks never did find the range with their shots as they missed five times in the extra session. Among the most disheartening was Woods’ 3-pointer from the left wing with 55 seconds to go as the ball rattled around the rim and finally bounced out.

Moorhead hit a free throw with 32 seconds to play and Bemidji’s final desperation shot at the buzzer missed its mark.

“We took some questionable shots at the start of overtime but we also took some good shots. They just didn’t fall,” Kehoe said. “A game like this and how we handle things will dictate the rest of our season. Are we going to fix what we have been doing wrong or do we continue to do the same old things.

“If we fix things we should have a good season.”

Woods paced the Lumberjacks offense with 15 points and Casey Palmer added 11.

BHS (2-3) returns to action Thursday at International Falls.

Moorhead 46, Bemidji 43, OT

Moorhead (46): Eidness 0, 0-0, 0; Ginther 2, 0-0, 6; Tonn 4, 1-2, 13; Clark 0, 0-0, 0; Wilmer 1, 0-0, 3; Stephenson 5, 3-10, 13; Raske 1, 0-0, 2; Tonsfeldt 1, 1-2, 3; Dalquist 3, 0-0, 6. Totals: 17, 5-14, 46

Bemidji (43): Ricci 0, 0-0, 0; Leif 0, 0-0, 0 ; Chadwick 1, 0-0, 3; Greendahl 3, 1-3, 7; Olson 2, 0-0, 6; Larose 0, 1-2, 1; Woods 3, 8-13, 15; Sagedahl 0, 0-0, 0; Palmer 4, 2-2, 11. Totals: 13, 12-20, 43

3-point FG: Moorhead 7, Bemidji 5 (Chadwick 1, Olson 2, Woods 1, Palmer 1)

Halftime: Bemidji 25, Moorhead 19

Regulation: Bemidji 43, Moorhead 43

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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