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GIRLS BASKETBALL: 2nd-half spell costs Bemidji in 58-49 loss to St. Cloud

The Lumberjacks got outscored 35-19 after halftime against St. Cloud, losing 58-49 to the Tech-Apollo co-op in St. Cloud.

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ST. CLOUD -- A cold second half doomed the Bemidji High School girls basketball team on Friday night.

The Lumberjacks got outscored 35-19 after halftime against St. Cloud, losing 58-49 to the Tech-Apollo co-op in St. Cloud.

Despite its late struggles, BHS (5-10) was cruising early. Beth Bolte hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to 10 first-half points, and Kate Hildenrband chipped in nine as part of a 30-23 Bemidji lead by halftime.

After the intermission, however, points were at a much higher premium. The Jacks made just six field goals in the final 18 minutes, costing them the win by game’s end.

Bolte finished with 15 points on the night, while Jackie Johnson also reached double figures with 10. All of Hildenbrand’s nine points came in the first half.

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The Crush (11-9) had four scorers in double figures, none more than Jayna Benson’s 18.

BHS resumes play at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5, against Rocori in Cold Spring.

St. Cloud 58, Bemidji 49

BHS 30 19 -- 49

SC 23 35 -- 58

BEMIDJI (5-10) -- Bolte 15, Johnson 10, Hildenbrand 9, Milbrandt 5, Pemberton 5, M. Bieber 3, G. Bieber 2.

ST. CLOUD (11-9) -- Benson 18, Harris 15, Anderson 11, Nets 10, Hansen 2, Tesmer 2.

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Senior guard Ethan Biehn made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points before halftime, leading the Lumberjacks to an 18-point intermission advantage.
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