The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team got back to what they do best in their 51-32 victory over Medford on Thursday night in the BEA gymnasium.
The Bucs improved their shooting and were aggressive on the boards giving them extra shots, according to head coach Al Cue.
"The girls shot a little better than in the last few games, which was encouraging," Cue says. "It was a nice win for us."
Kaitlyn Olsen led the way with 15 points. Jenna Stevermer scored 13 and Paige Darrington contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.
The maroon and gold jumped out to an early 11-6 edge.
Karli Olsen had a game-high 10 rebounds and gave the Bucs their biggest lead midway through the first half with a pair of free throws making the score 17-10.
Darrington then grabbed an offensive rebound and scored for the Bucs, which sparked a 7-0 run before the half.
Stevermer hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining before halftime putting the Buccaneers up by 12, 29-17.
BEA started to pull away in the second half.
The Buc's full-court pressure helped them expand their lead.
They scored the first four points and went on a 17-5 run to make the score 42-20.
Medford did come back with a 10-0 run of their own cutting the lead to 46-22.
Stevermer put the game away with a three-pointer from the corner with two minutes remaining.
Ellen Luebbe scored 12 points for Medford in the loss.
St. Peter 57, BEA 31
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team struggled to find their shot in a 57-31 loss to St. Peter on Jan. 3 at St. Peter High School.
As a team, the Buccaneers (3-5, 1-3 South Central Conference) were 11 for 70 from the field, shooting only 16 percent and 2 for 14 from the three-point line (14 percent).
Saint Peter shot 35 percent from the field and was 6 for 13 on 3-pointers.
"I thought overall we took pretty good shots, but couldn't get them to fall," coach Al Cue says. "I feel bad for the girls because they are really working hard, playing good defense, and rebounding well considering our lack of size. They're doing many things well, but when the shots don't fall, it makes things very tough. If they keep working hard and improving, things will turn around."
Jenna Stevermer paced BEA by scoring 10 of her 16 points in the first half and finished the game 6 for 18 on fieldgoals.
Three of the main players on which BEA relies for point production did not have much luck with their shots falling versus the Saints.
Kaitlyn Olsen finished with six points and six rebounds, but was 2 for 17 from the field. Karli Olsen was 0 for 7 and Paige Darrington finished 1 for 15.
The maroon and gold struggled to find the basket early on versus the Saints. In the first half, the Bucs only made 5 of 35 attempts from the field.
St. Peter went on a 15-2 run, including three lay-ups by 6-foot-3 center Olivia Hass, to take a 21-8 lead early on.
The Saints maintained their lead and were up 31-18 at halftime, thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Jade Fonde at the end of the first half.
St. Peter doubled BEA's output in the second half by scoring 26 points, compared to 13 for the maroon and gold.
The Saints upped their lead to as much as 51-29 on a free throw by Hass with four minutes remaining.
Hass finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Saints (5-4 overall, 2-3 SCC). Saints guard Logan Retzlaff also contributed 10 points, five assists and eight rebounds.