Bemidji sophomore Jackie Johnson came off the bench and sparked a late run in the first half as the Lumberjacks pulled away from Detroit Lakes in a 76-47 Section 8AAA girls basketball victory at Bemidji high school Tuesday, Dec. 17.

“You’ve got to bring some energy to the team,” Johnson said. “We were a little slow to start with tonight. The bench was really quiet to begin with. So, when I went in, they told me to bring some energy out there.”

Johnson did her job filling in for missing Lumberjacks and igniting Bemidji to a big halftime lead.

Bemidji played without Jenna Jones, Jody Pemberton and Emily Wade due to illness or injury and had girls in foul trouble early allowing the Lakers to stay close trailing by only five points 28-23 late in the first half.

The Jacks’ defense roared to life, tipping passes, grabbing steals and converting easy layups on the other end to finish the half on a 15-1 run and go to the break up 46-27.

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Bemidji held a lead of 15-points or better for the entirety of the second half.

Lumberjack senior Katie Alto led all scorers with 24 points. Johnson added 14.

The Jacks improved to 5-1.

Alex Bettcher led DL (4-3) with 17 points.

The Lakers head back to Bemidji for a holiday tournament Dec. 27-28. DL is scheduled to face Richfield (7-0) and Irondale (0-6).

Bemidji 76, Detroit Lakes 47

DL 27 20 -- 47

BHS 46 30 -- 76

DL - Bettcher 17, Gunderson 10, Larson 6, Gilbert 4, Tangen 4, Bowers 3, Price 3.

BHS - Alto 24, Hofstad 14, Johnson 14, Hildenbrand 13, Bolte 3, T. Wade 3, R. Jones 2, Ryan 2, Tatro 1.