Bemidji girls basketball built a 25-point lead at halftime on its way to a comfortable 68-40 victory at St. Cloud Apollo on Friday evening.
A combination of smooth offensive execution and lockdown defense quickly built the Lumberjacks a significant lead in the first half on the way to a 38-13 advantage at the half. Senior Emily Wade was a common focal point of the interior offense, tallying an early layup to put Bemidji ahead 11-2 before later finishing off a team save of possession with another bucket inside.
Jackie Johnson continued her run of scoring in double digits every game this season with a 14-point effort to match Wade’s scoring tally. Her three-point shooting made a splash in both halves, knocking down deep jumpers to further build on the lead.
Beth Bolte took top scoring honors offensively for the Lumberjacks, notching 15 points in the victory.
A big part of the second-half story was the opportunity for several junior varsity players to both see the floor and score their first points at the varsity level. Allie Lish and Mya Huseby each had an opportunity to tally a late basket as Bemidji wound down a commanding victory.
Bemidji improves to 5-3 thanks to a third consecutive win going into a home meeting with Fergus Falls on Tuesday at 7:15pm.