A back-and-forth final stretch between Bemidji and Rocori swung to the visiting Spartans on a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining, as the Lumberjacks lost their girls basketball home opener 71-70 on Thursday at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
Prior to the big shot from Rocori, a trey from Jackie Johnson had staked Bemidji to a slim lead with two minutes remaining after the Lumberjacks had trailed most of the second half.
Johnson’s long-range capability had been on full display in both halves, helping push Bemidji out to an early lead before tying the game later on in the second half as part of her 14-point outing.
Emily Wade posted 15 points to lead Bemidji in scoring, but she contributed on both ends of the floor with blocks provided on the interior as well.
Beth Bolte added 12 points, with the sophomore forward helping Bemidji cut into the second-half deficit by showing her own ability from three-point range.
The 1-2 Lumberjacks return to play on Tuesday with a trip to face Sauk Rapids-Rice at 7:15pm.