It was a good Saturday for Lumberjack Basketball fans. The Lumberjack Boys beat the team they faced in last year’s Section 8AAA Championship, while the Lumberjack Girls bounced back from a heartbreaking one point loss at Detroit Lakes Friday to beat Zimmerman by 11.
LUMBERJACK BOYS BASKETBALL
Bemidji 77, Sartell-St. Stephen 66
The Jacks won the Section 8AAA Championship rematch with depth. Bemidji got 29 points from their bench and had five players score in double figures. The Jacks opened up a double digit lead and maintained it through most of the second half. Matt Arel led the way with 15 points, including a 4 for 4 performance from three point range. Quincy Wilson hit 14 points and was 10 for 10 from the free throw line, many of those in the last couple of minutes preventing Sartell from being able to gain ground. Nick Snell scored 12, Colton Jensen had 11 and Silas Hess had 10.
The Jacks are 13-4 and have won 12 of their last 13. They’ll be back at it Tuesday night hosting Hermantown at the Fieldhouse at 6:15. The Jacks beat the Hawks in Hermantown earlier this season 74-58.
LUMBERJACK GIRLS BASKETBALL
SAT…Bemidji 72, Zimmerman 61
The Jacks struggled in the first half and found themselves down by eight at halftime, but they rallied to outscore Zimmerman 44-25 in the second half to earn the victory and snap a two game losing streak. Taylor Wade led the Lumberjacks with 16 points, a career high, with 12 of those in the big second half. Katie Alto added 15, Lindsey Hildenbrand had 13 and Emily Wade had 10.
The Lumberjacks are 15-7 on the year and head to Hermantown to face the 20-2 Hawks Tuesday night. It’ll be an early 6:15 start and you’ll hear it on the Lumberjack Radio Network beginning with Lumberjacks Live at 6:15 on The BUN SportsRadio 104.5 and online at kbunsportsradio.com on KBUN 1.