Bemidji girls basketball used a furious late run to pull within a possession of Detroit Lakes, but could not come all the way back in a 47-44 road loss on Tuesday evening at Detroit Lakes High School.
The Lumberjacks got on the board with a quick piece of transition from Mya Vincent, who glided in for an easy layup after pulling in a steal at the other end of the floor.
Coming off her big 27-point outing against Hibbing on Saturday, Gracee Bieber continued to provide a scoring presence in the post for the Jacks with a pair of baskets off assists from Vincent and Beth Bolte.
Bemidji cut into a double-digit deficit with just seconds remaining in the first half on a three by Brynn Peterson that reduced the margin to 25-16 at halftime.
The Lakers pushed the lead to as much as 18 in the second half before Clara Bieber knocked down a needed triple and her older sister converted another bucket in transition.
A pair of three-point plays helped Bemidji chip away a little more at the deficit, first from Peterson and then by Bolte on an offensive rebound putback.
The hopes of a comeback received even greater fuel late with a pair of threes from Gracee Bieber, who knocked them down in quick succession to suddenly give the Lumberjacks even more life.
Peterson hit another jumper from close range to bring Bemidji within two–the closest the Lumberjacks would get in the final seconds.
Despite the 19-4 burst in the final minutes of the game, Bemidji’s hopes were dashed with a late free throw and long-range effort at the buzzer that came up short.
Gracee and Clara Bieber each reached double figures scoring with 13 and 12 points respectively.
The Lumberjacks drop to 7-11 heading into a home contest with Rocori on Saturday at 1:30pm. Pregame will be at 1:10 on KBUN+ 100.1 and Lumberjacks2 at kbunsportsradio.com.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Darin Schultz: