Class AAAA #6-ranked St. Michael-Albertville embarked on a 24-0 run to end the first half on its way to defeating Bemidji 84-30 in a Section 8AAAA girls basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
The Lumberjacks never led in the game, but stuck around during the first 10 minutes despite an early 8-0 lead for the Knights. Beth Bolte got Bemidji on the board with a make from downtown.
Bolte continued to supply the early scoring from the field with another basket that cut the lead to 19-10.
Jody Pemberton and Jackie Johnson went back-to-back with finishes inside that continued to keep the Lumberjacks hovering within 10 of the Knights.
With the score 27-17 in their favor, the Knights went on their game-changing 24-0 run the rest of the way into halftime to amass a commanding 51-17 lead that would never be threatened the rest of the way.
Bemidji found little in the way of offensive traction in the second half, but Pemberton finally notched their first basket from the field in over eight minutes extending back to the first half.
Johnson supplied a few highlight moments as well later in the game, knocking down a triple on offense before swatting a shot at the other end of the court.
An 11-point effort from Johnson paced Bemidji in scoring with Bolte adding nine.
Bemidji (4-6) will next visit Alexandria on Friday evening for a rapid rematch of the Jacks’ victory last Tuesday.