The No. 3 seed Blue Earth Area Buccaneers pulled off an upset on Friday night, March 2, defeating the No. 2-seeded Southland Rebels.
The Bucs won the semi-finals matchup played in Adams with a thrilling 71-68 overtime win.
The victory propelled the Buccaneers into the Section 2A South Sub-Section championship game against NRHEG last Tuesday.
In the game against Southland, BEA led the Rebels throughout most of the game, and only trailed once in the entire contest.
The Bucs scored the first two baskets of the game, and continued to build up a lead that went into double figures.
BEA led by 10 at 21-11 and then by 13 at 26-13.
However, the Rebels came back and showed why they had been ranked at 10th in state at one point in the season. They went on a 10-0 scoring run and narrowed the scoring gap to just three.
The Bucs lead shrunk down to a single point at 31-30 late in the half.
BEA got a couple of free-throws from Kristine Volz at the end of the first stanza and took a slim 33-30 lead into the locker room at the half.
Allie Curtis started the second half off with a pair of baskets, helping boost the Bucs lead back to seven.
BEA maintained that lead for a while, then went back to a double digit 10 point advantage at 52-42.
Once again, the Rebels responded with a 6-0 run, cutting the Bucs' edge.
BEA saw Southland continue to nibble at their lead until the Rebels eventually tied the game at 59-all. It was tied again at 60-60 and then Southland took their one and only lead of the entire evening at 61-60.
Curtis nailed a basket to put the Bucs up by two, 63-61, but Southland came back to tie it at 63-all before the end of the game, sending it to OT.
In the overtime, BEA never trailed.
Curtis again sparked the team, getting the first two points in overtime, while Camille Driscoll added two more. She sank a couple of free-throws and suddenly BEA was up by six.
The Rebels made it exciting at the end, getting within one point at 69-68.
A pair of free throws by Sara Warmka sealed the narrow 71-68 upset victory.
Two Bucs had fouled out during the game, Krista Hassing and Curtis. But, four Rebel players received five fouls and had to leave the game.
Three Bucs hit double figures in the scoring column.
BEA was led once again by Driscoll who poured in 19 points and made a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
Right behind her was Hassing who made 16 points 12 of them from the free-throw line.
Curtis had one of her best games of the year, hitting 14 points by going 7 of 8 from two point range.
Courtney Grandgenett also had a great game, adding eight points to the Bucs total. Warmka and Volz each tallied six.
As a team, the Bucs were 22 of 43 from the floor (51 percent) and 26 of 45 (58 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Rebels were 23 of 61 from the floor (38 percent) and 20 of 28 from the charity stripe (71 percent).
The Bucs were uncharacteristically outplayed on defense. BEA had just 12 steals to Southlands 16, and 27 turnovers to their 24.