With crowded championship banners watching on in their home gym, Alexandria made a new addition to the collection on Friday at the expense of the Bemidji High School girls basketball team.
The Cardinals, leaning on their championship pedigree, defeated the Lumberjacks in the Section 8-3A title game for the second year in a row, this time by a 67-53 outcome.
Third-seeded Bemidji took command early and got rid of a couple historical jinxes in defeating No. 2 seed Detroit Lakes 67-51 in the Section 8-3A girls basketball semifinal Tuesday, March 23, at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium in DL.
Top-seeded Alexandria (16-4) defeated No. 4 Sartell-St. Stephen 50-30 in the other semifinal and will host the section championship game at 6 p.m. Friday, March 26. The Cardinals are the defending section champs.
Emily Wade was often the primary go-to option for the Bemidji offense last week, averaging 18.5 points on the week over a pair of games. The senior guard scored half of the team’s points with a 20-point performance against Grand Rapids on Tuesday, and she tallied another 17 points in helping the Lumberjacks knock off Sauk Rapids-Rice in Thursday’s opening round of the Section 8-3A Tournament. Wade has reached double figures in every game this year and is averaging a team-best 15.3 points per game.
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