The Bucs suffered a 16-point loss, 54-38 at the hands of the Knights of Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial.
“It was a tough night for the girls,” says Buc head coach Al Cue. “We weren’t very sharp on defense and we struggled shooting the ball on offense.”
The game started slow for both teams, but BEA managed to score first and led 4-0 after Sara Warmka and Camille Driscoll both hit on field goals.
However, the Bucs hit a scoring drought, while allowing the Knights to go on a 14-0 scoring run.
That put BEA behind by 10 points, and they were never able to cut back on the lead by much after that.
At one point in the first half the Bucs cut the Knights lead to seven at 16-9. But, later the lead was as high as 16 at 32-16.
At the buzzer, the Bucs found themselves behind 32-18.
BEA was able to cut into that 14-point lead, trimming it to seven on baskets by Warmka, Driscoll, Krista Hassing and then a pair of free throws from Whitney Pirsig. The score was 34-27.
It wouldn’t last. The Knights continued to score and build the lead back into double digits, leading by as many as 18 points at 54-36.
“Give credit to LCWM, they are a very good team,” Coach Cue comments. “They rattled us and took us out of our game.”
Hassing led the Bucs in the scoring column with 16. She hit 6 of 11 field goals and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.
Hassing also had six rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
Driscoll added 11 points, seven rebounds, one block, three deflections and two steals.
Warmka hit for eight points and five rebounds.
As a team, the Bucs were just 13 of 58 (22 percent) from the field, and only made one of their 10 3-point shot attempts (10 percent).
They shot better from the charity stripe, nailing 11 of 18 (61 percent) from the line.
LCWM was 24 of 56 from the field (43 percent) and 5 of 8 from the line (63 percent).
The Knights had 36 rebounds to the Bucs’ 30, and 11 steals to BEA’s 9.
The Bucs were able to keep their turnovers to 15 while the Knights committed 19.
The loss was BEA’s third of the season, dropping their record to 13-3 overall, and are still at 6-1 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs host the St. Peter Saints as part of a boys/girls doubleheader basketball game on Friday night.
The Saints handed the Bucs their first loss of the season in a game in St. Peter earlier this season.