The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team suffered their first loss of the season on Thursday night, Dec. 22 in St. Peter.
And it was a heartbreaker.
The Bucs trailed by as many as 15 points before mounting a huge comeback. But, they wound up falling short by one point and lost 50-49 to the Saints.
The Bucs trailed 23-10 at the half. Including free throws, BEA missed 30 shots in the first stanza of the game.
The Bucs cut the lead to single digits early in the second half, then fell behind again.
Trailing 43-32, BEA mounted a 10-0 run, getting within one at 43-42. Camille Driscoll nailed a three-pointer while Krista Hassing hit a two pointer to spark the run.
Driscoll hit another three to put the Bucs ahead 45-44 with 3:45 left in the game.
St. Peter had the lead back, 48-45 with 1:09 left in the game.
Whitney Pirsig hit a free throw to get the Bucs within two, then hit a two-pointer to tie it at 48-all, then followed with another free-throw to give BEA the lead, 49-48 with 21.7 seconds left in the game.
The Saints Katy Kuiper was fouled and sank both free throws to put St. Peter ahead for good at 50-49.
The Bucs’ Sara Warmka had one more try at a two point shot from under their own basket as time expired, but failed to sink it – or draw the foul call.
Hassing led the Buccaneers with her second double-double in as many games.
She led with 16 points and also added 13 rebounds.
Driscoll was right behind in the scoring column with 15 points. Pirsig added nine points and seven rebounds.
BEA outrebounded St. Peter 33 to 27. The Bucs also had 14 steals to the Saints nine.
St. Peter had 23 turnovers in the game, while BEA only committed 16.
The Bucs sank 11 of 43 two point shots for a 26 percent average. They were 4 of 12 from beyond the arc for a 33 percent clip. Driscoll nailed all four of the long range bombs.
BEA was also 15 of 31 from the free throw line for 48 percent shooting.
St. Peter was 14 of 31 (45 percent) from two point range, 3 of 8 (38 percent) from three point range and 17 of 39 (44 percent) from the charity stripe.
The loss made BEA’s record 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the South Central Conference.