The Crookston Pirate Girls Basketball team went cold late in the game and the Bemidji Lumberjacks pulled away for a 63-47 victory in a game played at the Bemidji High School gymnasium.

Neither team had a great start and six minutes into the game Crookston led 6-5.  Bemidji answered with a 16-4 run to take a 21-10 lead with six minutes left in the first half.  The Pirates were able to close the gap with a strong finish and Bemidji led 29-24 at halftime.  “It was a good first half.  I thought we did a good job defensively.  Offensively we moved the ball around and played well, but we had four girls in foul trouble with two fouls apiece and that kind of cut into our momentum,” said Pirate Coach Darin Zimmerman. “We needed to be a little bit better moving our feet we would have been in better shape.  We had the looks we wanted in the first half and we didn’t shoot as well from the outside, but we had good looks inside.”

Crookston carried the momentum from the end of the first half into the second half and took a 32-30 lead before Bemidji got hot on their three-pointers and scored 15 points on five possessions during a 20-3 run for a 50-35 lead with less than 11 minutes left in the game.  “They hit a handful of threes on five or six possessions to spark the run and that hurt,” said Coach Zimmerman. “They made some tough shots and give them credit and we made a couple mistakes.” Crookston countered with a 10-2 run and cut the deficit to seven points (52-45).  Crookston’s offense went cold the rest of the game, only scoring two points and Bemidji pulled away for a 63-47 victory.  “We didn’t do a very good job shooting free throws today.  We were 11 of 26 from the foul line and that was a lot of missed points,” said Coach Zimmerman. “We missed two front-end on one-and-one’s and we had several opportunities and didn’t take advantage of it and missed a layup that would have cut it down to one possession.  I thought we had a good effort and did some good things, but we have to get the job done.”
Crookston loses their seventh straight game and drops to 11-9 on the year and will host Hawley on Tuesday.  Bemidji improves to 12-9 on the year.
J.V. – Bemidji won 55-40     C Squad – Bemidji won 60-38

  1st Half 2nd Half Final
CROOKSTON 24 23 47
Bemidji 29 34 63


For Crookston Points
Rachel Hefta 10
Hayden Winjum 9
Kasey Cwikla 9
Emma Borowicz 7
Kylie Solheim 6
Dani Boyle 2
Emma Boll 2
Halle Winjum 1


For Bemidji Points
Macy Flatness 15
Lindsey Hildenbrand 15
Mackenzie Nicklason 10
Katie Alto 8
Rylie Jones 6
Rumer Flatness 5
Ashley Hofstad 3