Just 4 Pirates scored in the game.
The Pirate girls' basketball team used a 12-0 run in the second half to rally from a first half deficit and beat Bemidji Tuesday 69-55 in Crookston. Pirate junior Sydney Boike scored 34 points, while junior Kenzie Klatt had 17, junior Danica Brekken scored 11 and sophomore Elisa Samuelson had seven.
"I thought in the second half we all came out and played way better defense," Klatt said after the game. "We moved the ball and had some big plays made by Danica and Sydney that really sparked us and got us going."
Klatt made some big plays herself, nailing a three to start the key 12-0 run as well as a bucket at the first half buzzer to bring the Pirates within six.
"I haven't been shooting very well lately so tonight it felt really good to hit some shots and to help my team get the win," Klatt explained. "We are definitely a lot better basketball team then what our record shows. I think by winning tonight's game showed us that we are capable of playing at a high level of basketball and I am hoping that this game will give us the momentum that we need to finish the season strong."
Crookston's defense was key to the second-half comeback, holding the Lumberjacks to just 20 points.
"Great second half," Pirate head coach Lon Boike said after the big win. "That was one of our two best halves of the season, defensively for sure. We got better. When we did make mistakes they coudn't capitalize.
"In the first half we made a lot of mistakes," coach Boike continued. "We threw it right to them at times. But we got better. We did a lot of good things in that half too."
Coach Boike was impressed with what he saw from his three juniors and Samuelson.
"Sydney did what we expect from her," coach Boike said. "She was great on the boards. Kenzie hit some great shots. We have been encouraging Danica to shoot more. Coach (Dave) Aamoth said to her at halftime we need her to be more involved in the offense. Elisa had a great first half. She played great defense in the second half and did a great job passing the ball."
The Pirates started the second half with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 37-37. Crookston then had about a four-minute drought where it didn't make a field goal and trailed 46-40 with about 12 minutes left.
Klatt then knocked down her key three pointer to spark the 12-0 run by Crookston for a 52-46 lead with eight minutes left.
A few minutes later the Pirates stretched the lead with back-to-back threes from Boike and Klatt for a 61-50 lead with 3:24 left.
Crookston sealed the game by making 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final three minutes.
In the first half, the teams went back and forth for the first half of the frame until Bemidji went on a 9-3 run over three minutes for a 25-20 lead with five minutes left. The Lumberjacks held onto the lead and took a 35-29 lead into halftime.
Bemidji was led by Casey Palmer, who had 19 points, while Maura Chadwick scored 12.
The Pirates improve to 5-6 on the season and host Red Lake Thursday with the opening tip set for 7:30 p.m.
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