The No. 3 seeded Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team had little trouble in the opening round of the Section 2AA South Sub-Section Tournament.
The Bucs defeated the No. 6-seeded Medford Tigers 66-42 Tuesday night in the BEA gym.
The win propelled the Bucs into the semi-finals and a game against the No. 2 seed, Southland, in a game played Friday in Adams. Details on that game will be in the next Faribault County Register.
The Bucs started slow, and the Tigers scored the first two baskets of the game.
BEA finally hit the scoring column minutes into the game on a basket by Courtney Grandgenett. That sparked the BEA squad and they went on a 16-0 run, hitting basket after basket.
BEA had control of the game after that, cruising to a big 37-18 halftime score. In the second half, the Bucs outscored the Tigers 29-24.
"The girls had some very good stretches in this game," says Buc head coach Al Cue. "But, they also had some stretches where they weren't very sharp on defense."
The two teams were close on steals, with BEA grabbing eight and Medford seven. The Bucs had 15 turnovers to the Tigers 22.
"I give Medford a lot of credit," Cue says. "They played very hard all the way to the end."Camille Driscoll led all scorers in the game with 23 points. She hit 8 of 16 shots from 2-point range and 2 of 10 from beyond the arc. Plus, she made the one free throw she attempted. Driscoll also had five rebounds.
Krista Hassing scored 15 points and made exactly 50 percent of her shots. She was 5 of 10 from the floor and 5 of 10 from the free- throw line. She also had four assists, five rebounds and three deflections.
Grandgenett also hit double figures for the Bucs, with 10 points. She also led the team in assists with five.
Allie Curtis added seven points, and Sara Warmka and Janessa Jahnke had four each.
As a team BEA was 28 of 63 from the floor and 7 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Medford was 18 of 45 from the floor and 4 of 11 from the line. They were led by Nicole Morgan with 21 points.
"At this time of year, it's all about advancing," Cue says. "The girls played well enough to win pretty easily and move on to the next round."
That next round sent the 19-5 Bucs against Southland who had defeated Maple River in the first round, 76-32.
The United South Central Rebels lost their opening round game 52-44 to Hayfield.