The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team overcame a slow start and eventually cruised to a 54-31 win over the Maple River Eagles on Thursday night.
"The girls started slowly on offense, but the defense kept them close," Buc coach Al Cue says. "Eventually the offense came around."
By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, the Bucs had built up a comfortable 31-16 lead. Then BEA held the Maple River squad to just 15 second half points.
Krista Hassing fights for a loose ball against Martin County West.
Camille Driscoll once again led the Bucs on offense with 14 points. She nailed 3 of 4 of her three-point attempts during the game.
Overall, BEA was 50 percent from the trey line, hitting 5 of 10. Allie Curtis and Gretchen Klinkner hit the other two.
Curtis ended the game with seven points and Klinkner five.
"Many girls saw a lot of action and played well," Coach Cue says.
In all, eight Buc players hit the scoring column.
Kristine Volz was the second leading scorer for BEA, with 10 points.
Krista Hassing ended with eight points, and added five assists, 10 rebounds, five deflections and two steals.
Whitney Pirsig and Janessa Jahnke each had four points for the Bucs. Courtney Grandgenett had BEA's other two points.
Overall, BEA was 19 of 46 from the field and 11 of 20 from the free-throw line.
Maple River was 11 of 43 from the field and 8 of 15 from the charity stripe.
"Overall, this was a solid game for us," Cue concludes.
The Bucs are now 17-5 for the season.
This week the girls will host the Fairmont Cardinals in Blue Earth on Tuesday night as part of a doubleheader with the boys team.
BEA 49, MCW 33
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers had little trouble with the Mavericks of Martin County West in a girls basketball match up in the BEA gym on Tuesday night.
Despite the game being the third in five days for the Bucs, BEA outscored MCW 27-18 in the first half and 22-15 in the second half to take a 49-33 victory.
The Bucs went on a 9-0 run in the first half after the Mavericks had scored the first points of the game, and then went on a 15-0 at the start of the second half.
"We got off to a slow start, but finished the first half well," Coach Al Cue says. "Then we shut them out for several minutes to increase the lead at the start of the second half."
The Bucs were led by Camille Driscoll who scored 21 points, including going 2 of 5 from the 3-point line. She also had eight steals and three deflections.
Krista Hassing had 11 points, eight rebounds, seven deflections and six steals. She made 7 of her 11 points from the free-throw line.
Allie Curtis added nine points to the Bucs' tally.
"It was good to see some other players shooting the ball," Cue says, referring to Curtis' points as well as Kristine Volz with four and Sara Warmka with two. "Many girls played a lot of minutes and made the most of them."
As a team, BEA was 15 of 39 from two-point area and 3 of 6 from 3-point land. They were also 10 of 20 from the charity stripe.
MCW was 15 of 40 from the floor and did not make their one attempt at a trey. They were also just 3 of 5 at the free-throw line.
The Bucs had 20 steals to the Mavs' 13 and committed just 17 turnovers to their 27.
NRHEG 59, BEA 43
The Panthers of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva had too much firepower for the Bucs.
In last Monday's makeup game in Blue Earth, NRHEG came out with a 59-43 win.
The game had been postponed from earlier in the season to last Monday.
The state-ranked Panthers got points from seven players, including 29 from their star player, sophomore Carlie Wagner.
But, Wagner was not the top scorer in the game.
BEA's Krista Hassing poured in 30 points, including going an amazing 14 of 15 from the free-throw line. She also snatched 12 rebounds, had three deflections and two steals.
Camille Driscoll was held to just eight points, and also grabbed eight rebounds.
"The girls gave a great effort in this game against a very good team," Coach Al Cue says. "Early on we turned the ball over too much, but we made a nice comeback."
NRHEG was able to go on a 15-2 scoring run before the end of the first half, giving them a big 31-17 edge over the Bucs at the buzzer.
In the second half, the two teams played fairly evenly, with NRHEG scoring just two more than BEA, 28-26.
"The second half, we really battled and stayed close," Cue says, "But, we couldn't overcome the deficit. We learned some things that will only help us the rest of the season."
The Bucs were 13 of 40 from the floor, including going just 2 of 12 tries from 3-point land. The team made 15 of 19 from the free-throw line.
The Panthers were 26 of 60 from the floor and 6 of 10 from the line. They made just 1 of 15 3-point attempts.
BEA had 15 steals to NRHEG's 12 and 23 turnovers to their 18.
BEA 58, St. James 40
The Bucs saw scoring from nine of their players on their way to a big 58-40 victory over the St. James Saints on Friday night, Feb. 10, in St. James.
The Bucs held a commanding 20-point lead, 33-13, at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Saints outscored the Bucs 27-25 after Coach Al Cue cleared the bench and let everyone play.
"The girls really played well in this game," Cue says. "They came out and really got after them early."
The Bucs got 23 points from Camille Driscoll and 13 from Krista Hassing, the team's top two scorers.
Whitney Pirsig poured in eight points, while Courtney Grandgenett and Kristine Volz had four each.
Hassing added four assists, five rebounds, three deflections and two steals to her stats.
Sara Warmka had two points for the Bucs, but had five assists, two blocks and two steals.
"Nearly everyone who got into the game had positive playing minutes," Cue adds.
BEA was just 22 of 56 from the field and 11 of 15 from the free-throw line.
St. James was 16 of 42 from the field and 5 of 13 from the line.
Both teams sank three 3-pointers each.
The Bucs had 11 steals to the Saints seven, and forced St. James to commit 26 turnovers while making only 13 themselves.
"The press was very effective for us," Cue notes.