Bemidji girls basketball failed to take a second win in less than two weeks against Alexandria, as the Cardinals used 10 three-pointers and tight second-half defense to pull away for a 56-36 victory on Friday evening at Alexandria Area High School.
The Lumberjacks found success in the post early on, getting a bucket on an attack inside from Jackie Johnson before Marlee Bieber got free for a layup off an inbound.
One of the game’s big stories was Alexandria freshman MaCee Linow. The guard piled up seven makes from beyond the arc to tally her game-high 21 points, including a triple that increased the Cardinals’ lead to 16-10.
While the hosts were on the mark from outside throughout the night, Bemidji only made two threes. Beth Bolte made the first to cut into a nine-point deficit.
Junior forward Gracee Bieber was a major bright spot for the Lumberjacks. Utilizing increased minutes playing varsity, she posted six of her team-best 10 points in the first half to help keep Bemidji within 27-21 at the break.
The second half started with transition layup from Jody Pemberton after Jackie Johnson found her ahead of the pack up court.
From that point on, the Cardinals embarked on a 13-0 run across six minutes of play that put the game out of reach. While fellow freshman Hadley Thul was proving to be a handful in the post, Linow continued her long-range barrage.
Johnson finally ended the Alexandria run with a three from the top of the key.
The shooting of Linow and the Cardinals continued to be too much to keep up with, as she splashed another triple later.
The loss puts Bemidji at 4-7 overall heading into their next game on Friday at home against Brainerd.
Postgame with Bemidji head coach Steve Schreiber: