In fact, the Bucs took the opening tip-off and scored just seconds into the game.
“Not too bad for a first outing,” Coach Al Cue says. “Our defense was solid, although we fouled a bit too much and gave them free throws.”
The Bucs played tenacious defense during the first half of the game, rumbling to a 14-0 start before the Mustangs were able to get on the board.
The full court pressure limited GHEC to just one field goal in the first half. The score at the buzzer was 24-5. The Mustangs had three points on free throws.
Sara Warmka and Camille Driscoll led the Bucs during the first period – each nailing eight of their game total 10 points in the first stanza.
Actually the score could have been much more lopsided as the Bucs missed many shots including all of their three-point tries.
BEA boosted their lead to 30-7 shortly after the second half began. GHEC went on a short run after BEA went up 34-9, cutting the advantage to 34-14.
With Buc coach Al Cue substituting liberally in the second half, the game stayed fairly competitive, but with BEA still maintaining their big lead.
The Bucs had 11 players hit the scoring column. Besides Warmka and Driscoll’s 10 points each, Krista Hassing added six, Courtney Grandgenett four, two each from Whitney Pirsig, Gretchen Klinkner, Allie Curtis, Janessa Jahnke, Kristine Volz and Cassidy Bartlett and one from Nicole Carr.
GHEC just had three players in the scoring column. The Mustangs, who were playing without two of their starters, committed 25 turnovers.
Warmka also led the team with seven steals. Hassing had four assists. Grandgenett led with seven rebounds while Driscoll added six.
“We rebounded well,” Cue says. “But, we didn’t shoot the ball well, just 18 of 58 for 31 percent. At this stage, our defense is definitely ahead of our offense – but if I had to pick one, that is the way I would prefer it to be.”
The Buccaneer B-squad downed the Mustangs 28-8.
The Bucs hosted New Ulm last Friday, after the deadline for this week’s Register.
This week the BEA girls have a home game on Tuesday when they host the Giants from Le Sueur-Henderson.