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Buffalo overpowers Bemidji girls basketball

Bemidji senior Cori Treat, left, hits a 3-pointer against Buffalo as Alexa Thielman defends on Friday. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Buffalo utilized its size and speed to come away with a 55-36 victory over Bemidji in girls basketball on Friday.

Junior center Emily Spier and senior guard Alexa Thielman led the eighth-ranked Bison with 15 points each.

"This is the best team we've played all year," Bemidji Head Coach Rick Kehoe said. "It was hard to defend their offense, especially their post."

Spier used her 6-foot frame to dominate the post and overpower Bemidji.

The Bison's deliberate, patient offense controlled the tempo.

Bemidji played a close game up until the fourth quarter, when Buffalo's defense forced turnovers and prevented the Lumberjacks from taking quality shots.

"For the most part of the game, we played them tough," Kehoe said. "Then the wheels fell off."

The Lumberjacks spread out the offense, getting contributions from seven different players.

Jess Yost led Bemidji with nine points. Though Yost struggled in the first half against Spier, she found her game and scored all nine points in the second half.

"Jess played strong," Kehoe said. "It was a physical game."

Both Dani Gronhovd and Cheyenne Woods scored eight points.

Woods sank two 3-pointers early in the second half to spark the Lumberjack's offense. Bemidji finished the game with 12 field goals and went 6-for-13 from the free throw line.

Buffalo relied heavily on its starters. Only five players tallied points for the Bison.

"If you can get them in foul trouble, they're beatable," Kehoe said.

Jamie High chipped in 11 points off of four field goals and shooting 3-for-4 from the line for the Bison.

Buffalo recorded 13 fouls in the game. The Bison went to the line six times in the game, sinking four shots.

The Lumberjacks played a disciplined game, only being called for seven fouls.

Bemidji hosts East Grand Forks on Thursday.

Buffalo (55)

Wackler 4 0-0 10, High 3 3-4 11, Thielman 6 0-0 15, Marr 2 0-0 4, Spier 7 1-2 15. Totals 18 4-6 55.

Bemidji (36)

Lusby 0 1-2 1, Sagedahl 1 0-1 5, Treat 3 2-4 9, Woods 3 0-0 8, Gronhovd 2 1-2 8, Hadrava 0 2-4 2. Totals 12 6-13 36.

Fouls: Buffalo 13, Bemidji 7

Halftime: Buffalo 24, Bemidji 16