The Bucs downed the host Cardinals 46-39 for the South Central Conference win.
The Bucs won both halves of the game, up 26-21 at the end of the first half and out-scoring the Cards 20-18 in the second half.
But, the Cardinals made the game close at the end, getting within two points with just over two minutes left in the game.
BEA was able to overcome Fairmont’s rally and notch the seven point victory.
“I thought the girls had stretches in the game when they were very good,” Coach Al Cue says. “They also had times when they didn’t play very well.”
For once, the Bucs were not led in scoring by either Camille Driscoll or Krista Hassing who have been the scoring leaders most of the season.
Instead, Allie Curtis led the way for BEA, tossing in 12 points, making 5 of 7 field goals.
“Allie really got us going early in the game and had a great night,” Cue says.
Hassing was second on the score sheet with nine points, while Driscoll and Kristine Volz each tallied eight for BEA.
“Kristine also gave us valuable minutes, scoring eight points off the bench,” Cue says.
BEA was 17 of 48 (35 percent) from the floor and 11 of 22 (50 percent) from the free-throw line. Fairmont was 16 of 50 (32 percent) from the field and 6 of 8 (75 percent) from the charity stripe.
Fairmont was led in scoring by Kristen Campe with 14 points.
The Bucs turned in another stellar defensive performance, grabbing 15 steals to the Cards’ seven.
BEA also only committed 12 turnovers while Fairmont was listed with 23 turnovers.
Hassing was outstanding on defense, with five deflections and six steals. Driscoll added four deflections and three steals.
The two seniors each had five rebounds. Fairmont out-rebounded BEA 38 to 27.
The Bucs now are 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the SCC.
The week BEA travels to LCWM on Monday and hosts the Saints of St. Peter on Friday.
BEA 50, Waseca 38
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team regrouped after a slow start Thursday, to eventually secure a 50-38 South Central Conference win against Waseca.
In the first meeting between the two teams Dec. 16, the Bucs cruised to a 55-38 home victory. During the first half Thursday, Waseca turned the tables, outscoring BEA by six points.
Down 24-18, the Bucs made the right adjustments at halftime and came out firing. BEA found their offensive rhythm in the second frame, outgunning Waseca 32-14 in the final 18 minutes.
Camille Driscoll helped lead the Buc charge in the second half, finishing with a game-high 20 points.
Driscoll engineered five 2-point field goals, one 3-pointer and seven free throws to reach her team leading total. She added 10 rebounds and four steals to complete her stat line.
Sara Warmka scored 13 points and was next in line in the scoring column for BEA. She connected on four 2-point field goals and five free throws. The senior point guard chipped in four rebounds and two assists to complete a solid all-around game. The final Buc in double figures was Krista Hassing. The 6-foot junior was an efficient 56 percent from the field to provide a strong post presence for BEA.
Other scorers for the Bucs were Courtney Grandgenett with two, Kristine Volz two and Whitney Pirsig one.
As a team, BEA was 16 of 40 from the field and 1 of 4 from 3-point territory. The Bucs had some difficulty from the free throw line, knocking down 15 of 26 attempts.
A bright spot for BEA was the team’s defense. The Bucs pressure netted them 10 steals 14 pass deflections and forced 24 turnovers.
On the glass, BEA also benefitted from a positive rebounding margin. The Bucs edged the Bluejays on the boards 30-21 overall and 12 to three on the offensive end.
The win moves the Bucs to 13-2 overall and 6-1 in the SCC.