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Bemidji HS girls basketball team beats Thief River Falls with strong shooting

The Bemidji High girls basketball team took shooting practice Thursday night, rolling past outmatched Thief River Falls 66-32 on the Prowlers court.

Bemidji opened with a huge size advantage over a team that fielded 5-10 Katie Rook at center, the only starter over 5-7.

The visitors controlled the boards all night piling up a 54-26 advantage.

Defensively they forced 27 turnovers to make the task easier.

Kayla Hirt led the way with 22, leaving early in the second half for the night.

Kelsey Heisler had 11 points and Erika Weimann added 10 and Megan Huseby and Caitlin Gangelhoff were only a bucket shy of double figures.

The winners opened a quick 10-0 lead at the outset with Hirt and Gangelhoff hitting twice and Weimann once.

But the Prowlers fought back to outscore Bemidji 16-8 over the next four minutes, narrowing the gap to 18-16.

But that was their last gasp.

Before the home team scored again, Bemidji poured in 19 unanswered points, taking advantage of frequent turnovers and a steady string of missed shots to pile up a 37-16 advantage and go on to a 43-17 bulge at halftime ending on a 25-1 run.

Bemidji heads to the Hopkins Tip Off Classic tomorrow for a 6:45 contest against Burnsville.