A 14-point lead at halftime set the tone for a 70-45 victory for Bemidji girls basketball on Saturday at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse, the second win for the Lumberjacks this season against the defending Section 7AAA champions.
Lindsey Hildenbrand scored a game-high 17 points–13 in the first half–while Ashley Hofstad scored 14 and Katie Alto added 11 for the Lumberjacks.
Hofstad started the game’s scoring on her way to scoring 10 points in the opening half.
Bemidji looked to run when opportunity was presented in the first half, using transition off both baskets and turnovers to fuel a fast start midway through the half.
Jackie Johnson helped close the half with a long-range three, as Bemidji built a 38-24 advantage at halftime.
Rylie Jones picked up five points in the post, taking a feed inside from Johnson to help push Bemidji’s lead close to 20 in the second half.
More transition opportunities followed as well. Hofstad turned a steal into a layup following a Jody Pemberton bucket, then Pemberton benefitted from a Kate Hildenbrand theft to add another field goal later on.
With the win, the Lumberjacks improve to 14-5 and will next travel north to Roseau for a late-season addition to the schedule that came due to a prior weather cancellation with Sartell-St. Stephen. Gametime will be at 6:30pm.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Steve Schreiber: