Last Monday night the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team had their best outing of the season, according to coach Al Cue.
The Bucs defeated Granada-Huntley-East Chain 62-54.
"We probably had one of our best outings this season. The girls showed some patience and poise on offense which led to good shots," Cue says.
Kaitlyn Olsen scored a game high 18 points on 8 for 18 shooting and added five rebounds.
Jenna Stevermer also chipped in 17.
Olsen and Stevermer contributed for 27 of the team's 33 first half points. The two were 11 for 23 from the field and were the early spark the Buccaneers needed to take a 33-21 lead into halftime.
BEA was outscored by the Mustangs in the second half, 33-29, but too many turnovers evidently put the game away for the maroon and gold.
The Bucs forced 16 second half turnovers and a total of 28 for the game.
"Our press forced a lot of turnovers and we shot free throws well down the stretch," Cue explains.
St. James 59, BEA 50
When the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team faced St. James on Jan. 10, they were trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 7 when BEA defeated New Ulm and Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial.
The Bucs couldn't overcome 19 for 72 (26 percent) shooting and fell to the Saints, 59-50.
Jenna Stevermer led all scorers with 16 points and contributed seven rebounds for the maroon and gold. Karli Olsen also scored in double figures with 12.
The Bucs' struggles shooting the basketball continued. BEA only connected on 21 percent of their field goals in the first half, going 9 for 35.
"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half," coach Al Cue says. "Our defense was not very good. We gave up too many easy transition baskets and allowed them to score too many easy first half baskets."
Rebounding the ball was no problem for the Buccaneers, as they tallied 22 first half rebounds, compared to only 14 for the Saints.
However, St. James did shoot the ball at a 50 percent clip and took a 37-26 lead into halftime.
The second half was more under control for the Bucs. They created 10 turnovers and got off twice the amount of shots St. James attempted.
However, the Saints early lead proved to be too much for the Buccaneers.
"We played better in the second half, but just couldn't overcome the deficit," Cue says.
The Saints were held to only 22 points in the game's final 18 minutes.
St. James was 21 for 46 from the field (46 percent) including going 5 for 9 from three-point range.
The Buccaneers traveled to New Ulm for a game with the Eagles Friday, Jan. 17. On Jan. 21, the maroon and gold will host New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva at 7:30 p.m. Those games were played after the Faribault County Register deadline. Game results will be included in the next Register.