Bemidji girls basketball closed out Grand Rapids down the stretch for a 75-63 win Tuesday evening at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse. The win was a reversal of the Lumberjacks’ 77-64 loss at Grand Rapids on December 6.
Katie Alto posted a game-high 18 points for the Jacks, with Ashley Hofstad (15) and Emily Wade (14) also in double figures. Maddi McKinney tallied 14 for the Thunderhawks, who also got 11 points each from Mya Roberts and Taryn Hamling.
Hofstad piled up 14 of her final tally in the first half alone, as both she and Emily Wade put in several buckets through contact in a tight opening half.
Transition points, as has been the case much of the season, were a big catalyst for the Lumberjacks as they built a 33-29 lead at halftime. Alto provided her own transition scoring in the second half, while also showing range from downtown to help Bemidji maintain a slim edge.
Freshman Beth Bolte gave the Jacks a big lift with the game tight midway through the second half. She scored a quick nine points in around two minutes to help the Lumberjacks make their decisive push to seal the victory.
Bemidji improves to 11-4 and will return to the Fieldhouse on Thursday to square off with Brainerd. Gametime is at 7:15pm with Lumberjacks Live at 7pm on KBUN-FM 104.5 and KBUN1 online.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Steve Schreiber: