The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers couldn't win their last home game of the year last Tuesday night in Blue Earth.
BEA fell to Martin County West 53-36 and finished their five game homestand 2-3.
"The girls really battled in this game, especially in the first half," coach Al Cue says.
Early on the maroon and gold had trouble running their offensive sets.
MCW hit a couple three-pointers giving the visitors an early 15-10 edge.
Jenna Stevermer fueled the offense with six consecutive points, but it wasn't enough as the Mavericks moved the ball on offense and scored easy baskets.
The Bucs were trailing 23-14 with 2:30 left in the half.
Karli Olsen supplied a burst of energy by taking a charge for the Buccaneers with 2:05 remaining before halftime. On the ensuing possession, Kaitlyn Olsen nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key. She then stole a pass from half court and sprinted to the hoop for a layup, which narrowed the Mavericks lead to four with 1:05 remaining.
As time expired, Stevermer made a jumper from the left wing. The basket concluded a 7-0 run to close out the half.
The Buccaneers were only down by two, 23-21.
However, BEA struggled right out of the gate in the second half.
The maroon and gold missed their first six shots before Olsen grabbed her own miss and banked it off the backboard.
The Mavericks opened up a 39-27 lead and were on an 11-0 run before Paige Darrington made a baseline jumper for the Bucs.
Darrington's field goal was the first in a six minute span for BEA.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the Buccaneers make only two field goals.
BEA only made five total field goals in the second half.
MCW applied the pressure and forced turnovers with their zone defense late in the game.
"They did a better job of finding the open people and we really struggled against their zone," Cue says.
Stevermer bounced back with a good shooting night and a team-high 12 points for the Bucs.
Taylor Grandgenett chipped in 10 points.
Reilly Geistfeld had 20 points and six rebounds for MCW.
Ellie Kuehl also chipped in by scoring 10 points, while Taryn Tumbleson had eight points and five rebounds.
BEA 48, St. James 44
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team fell to St. James back in January and only shot 26 percent from the floor. On Feb. 14, BEA shot 13 of 51 (25 percent) and ended up winning the game 48-44 versus the Saints in Blue Earth.
The difference was that the Buccaneers made the defensive stops when they needed to.
The Bucs were led by Paige Darrington's double-double; she had 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Junior guard Kaitlyn Olsen scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the second half and also had five steals.
The Buccaneers, even though down 20-17 at the half, forced 11 Saints first- half turnovers and allowed no three-pointers.
"It was a good game for the girls. They avenged an earlier loss in the season," coach Al Cue says. "It was a struggle to score at times, but the defense was better."
The Buccaneers fell behind late in the second half, 42-36.
However, BEA outscored the visitors 12-2 in the game's final minutes, wrapping up the teams eighth win.
As a team, the Bucs grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and supplied 13 total steals fueling their defense. Six different players had at least one steal and seven Buccaneers had at least two rebounds.
Senior Jenna Stevermer scored eight points and struggled from the field for the second consecutive game, shooting 2 of 16.