Despite holding leads in both halves, a closing push from Brainerd dropped Bemidji girls basketball to a 52-46 loss and second defeat to the Warriors this season on Tuesday evening at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
Scoring was at a premium throughout the first half for both teams, but Bemidji was able to nudge in front using inside scoring. Lexi Tatro provided an interior bucket off a rebound of her own miss to help create an early 10-6 edge.
Emily Wade’s scoring consistency continued for the Lumberjacks, as she banked in a close-range bucket to keep Bemidji ahead by four.
A late jumper from Marlee Bieber briefly helped Bemidji recapture the lead, but a cold finish to the first half offensively gave Brainerd room to pull ahead by a 22-21 score at halftime.
Bemidji responded well early on in the second half, retaking the lead thanks to some outside shooting from Tatro.
But Brainerd once again had an answer, pushing in front by eight before Emily Wade was able to inject some new life in the home team with a strong finish through contact.
Bieber continued to chip in offensively off the bench, scoring yet another basket inside to help keep Bemidji around.
Wade showed some outside touch later with a triple, adding on to her 14 points with time growing increasingly short for the Lumberjacks’ hopes.
The loss was Bemidji’s fourth in a row, dropping the Lumberjacks to 5-7 overall. They will next travel to Detroit Lakes for an important Section 8AAA game tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Pregame will be at 7:15 online at KBUN1 at kbunsportsradio.com.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Steve Schreiber: