The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team exploded for 33 points in the first half, added 18 more in the second half, and cruised to a 51-32 win over the Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial Knights on Tuesday night in Blue Earth.
The Bucs got off to a fast start, jumping to a 9-2 lead early. They were aided by a traditional three-point play by senior forward Krista Hassing.
Hassing got a double-double in the game, leading the team with 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Bucs expanded the lead to 11 at 17-6, then to 13 at 23-10.
A couple of baskets by senior center Janessa Jahnke pushed the Buc lead to 15 at 30-15. She was the second leading scorer for BEA with nine points.
When the buzzer sounded to end the first stanza, BEA was enjoying a comfortable 33-17 lead.
"We played very, very good basketball in the first half, on both ends of the court," says Buc coach Al Cue. "But we had some trouble scoring in the second half. We missed a lot of bunnies. We got the shot opportunities but we couldn't make the basket."
BEA built up a 20-point lead at 41-21 in the early going of the second half, but both teams cooled off and many minutes passed before there was another score in the game.
Cue substituted liberally in the closing minutes of the game, and the final was 51-32 at the game ending buzzer.
Hassing's 17 point scoring came on 6 of 18 shooting from the field and identical 6 of 18 shots made from the free-throw line.
As a team, the Bucs were 21 of 66 from the floor (32 percent) and 9 of 17 from the charity stripe (53 percent).
The Knights were 13 of 44 from the floor, including the game's only three-pointer (30 percent) and 5 of 10 from the free-throw line (50 percent).
In addition to Hassing's 17 points and Jahnke's nine, both Taylor Grandgenett and Jenna Stevermer added six each.
Coach Cue was happy about another facet of the Bucs' play against the Knights.
"We did a terrific job on rebounding," he pointed out. "We had 21 offensive rebounds, I think that is great. We out-rebounded them 42 to 25."
The Bucs play at NHREG on Thursday this week, then host St. James on Friday.