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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bemidji loses rivalry rematch at Alexandria

Ten days removed from a rivalry win over Alexandria, the Bemidji High School girls basketball team couldn’t replicate the same success on Friday. The Cardinals got payback by way of a 56-36 win in Alexandria.

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Bemidji senior Jody Pemberton (12) gets by Alexandria freshman Allie Haabala in a game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Alexandria.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA -- Ten days removed from a rivalry win over Alexandria , the Bemidji High School girls basketball team couldn’t replicate the same success on Friday. The Cardinals got payback by way of a 56-36 win in Alexandria.

The Cardinals (4-6) took off after halftime, outscoring BHS 29-15 with an offense that came alive. Seven 3-pointers rained down from MaCee Linow, as she netted a game-high 21 points all from beyond the arc.

Alexandria was up 27-21 at halftime, but the Lumberjacks (4-7) kept it close with a balanced effort spearheaded by six points apiece from Gracee Bieber and Jackie Johnson.

But the biggest damage was done in the second frame. The Cardinals went on an extended 29-11 spurt that carried them to the finish.

Bieber finished with a team-high 10 points for Bemidji but was the lone Lumberjack in double figures. Johnson followed with nine and Jody Pemberton six.

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Hadley Thul joined Linow in double-digits with 16 points of her own.

Bemidji will be back on the court at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, to host Brainerd at the BHS Gymnasium.

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Bemidji senior Jackie Johnson (13) tries to dribble past Alexandria freshman Allie Haabala in a game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Alexandria.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria 56, Bemidji 36

BHS 21 15 -- 36

ALEX 27 29 -- 56

BEMIDJI (4-7) -- G. Bieber 10, Johnson 9, Pemberton 6, M. Bieber 4, Bolte 3, Hildenbrand 2, Peterson 2.

ALEXANDRIA (4-6) -- Linow 21, H. Thul 16, Haabala 9, McGrane 5, Scholl 3, Beyer 2.

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