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Boys, girls cagers end regular years tonight

The Bemidji boys and girls basketball teams wind up their regular seasons tonight, the boys hosting Duluth Central at 7:30 at the field house and the girls traveling to Grand Rapids.

The Bemidji boys and girls basketball teams wind up their regular seasons tonight, the boys hosting Duluth Central at 7:30 at the field house and the girls traveling to Grand Rapids.

The girls will open tournament play Feb. 27 on the road.

The boys have a 12 day layoff before beginning their second season Mar. 6, also on the road.

At the present time the girls are in seventh place in the section and the boys eighth.

Of tonight's two games, the boys seemingly have the more demanding assignment.

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Central is 14-8, winning its last three after a two point loss to Cloquet and a three point setback to East. East beat Bemidji by 12 last week and Cloquet won by four early in the year. East also beat Hibbing by 11 and Bemidji stopped the Bluejackets by five in the only other game against a common foe.

Bemidji won its sixth game Tuesday, stopping Detroit Lakes 49-44 to reverse an earlier setback.

It marked the seventh time in nine games the Jacks have not gone over 50 points. But the defense held strong, keeping the Lakers outside most of the night with a 2-3 zone and battling them even off the boards.

And a low 15 turnovers and 11 fouls played major roles in the win.

Doug Bender came alive with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his best night in some time. But no teammate scored more than seven and only two reached that figure.

Coach Jeff Brown plans no changes with Bender moving inside with Jeff Schaper while the Baker twins and Alex Muller will man the perimeter.

Andrew Hengel, Chris Marty, Mike Erpelding and Avery Bretschneider will provide relief along with David Sand, if he has recovered from the illness that kept him away from the Tuesday game.

The B Team will take a 5-19 mark to its final game while the Freshmen are 7-11 going 0-6 since losing Ryan Rude and Czar Woods to the B Team

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Seek sweep

The girls will be seeking to complete a season sweep over the Thunderhawks tonight.

They won the first meeting 55-54 here in December and went on to be 6-6 at mid season.

But they have lost 10 of their past 12 starts to drop top 8-16.

After a thrilling overtime win at Apollo Saturday, they fell to Detroit Lakes 72-57 Tuesday.

The Rapids was 14-9 after a Friday night loss at Orono and played Patrick Henry Saturday.

The Hawks split with Duluth East, a team that beat Bemidji 72-62 and beat Cloquet by 19, a team that stopped Bemidji by three. They also have beaten Brainerd.

Bemidji would like to close out the season with a win to set the stage for post season play.

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Coach Rick Kehoe will open with Brianna Pfremmer in the post, Liz Judkins and Ashley Erickson on the wings and Lexi Gauwitz and Megan Larson outside.

He received balanced scoring at DL getting 20 from Pfremmer, topping 20 for the third time in the past four games.

He also had 11 from, Larson and nine from Judkins and Kelsey Nelson.

Nelson and Meg Claypool complete the shortened bench which is missing Ashley Hirt with a leg injury.

Sophomore Kylie Detschman saw er first varsity action at DL while Janelle Christensen and Anna Molnar could also see play.

The B Team takes a 12-13 mark to its final game. The Flying Freshmen are 16-0, winning Tuesday 54-6, the defensive effort the season's best topping the 10 points allowed to Cloquet and Pequot Lakes in earlier wins.

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