The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers finished the regular season on a high note.
They went into Maple River and left with a convincing 55-35 victory.
"This was a nice way to end the regular season," coach Al Cue says. "It wasn't a perfect game by any means, but we were very good in stretches."
The Bucs (9-13, 3-7 SCC) held the Eagles to only 14 first half points; seven different Buccaneers had at least one steal and the maroon and gold forced 26 Eagle turnovers.
BEA found offense in the form of Paige Darrington and Taylor Grandgenett.
"It was good to see Paige and Taylor pick up the scoring," Cue says.
Darrington produced 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting and Grandgenett poured in 13 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Bucs.
The Buccaneers took a 27-14 lead into the half even though they only shot 10 of 40 (25 percent) from the field.
Kaitlyn Olsen and Jenna Stevermer were held scoreless in the first, but both contributed a three-pointer in the second frame.
The maroon and gold improved their shooting slightly to finish the game; the Bucs were 10 of 32 (31 percent).
WEM 58, BEA 44
Heading into Section play, the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team has struggled to put together a complete game.
In Waterville, BEA dropped their fourth game in the last five, 58-44, to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Feb. 22.
The Bucs (8-13, 3-7 SCC) couldn't stop Hannah Steinhaus and Tierney Winter. Steinhaus recorded 16 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and Winter added 16 points and six assists.
As a team, WEM shot 25 of 52 (48 percent), while the maroon and gold only converted on 15 of 53 field goals (28 percent).
BEA was led by sophomore Karli Olsen, who scored a season-high 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting; she also grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals.
Olsen scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half, sinking 4 of her 5 field goal attempts.
Kaitlyn Olsen drilled three three-pointers and also posted double figures with 13 points for the Bucs.
Nine different Buccaneers tallied at least one steal; as a team, they ended the game with 14 total.
WEM is a solid team and BEA answered their every move for the first 14 minutes of play, according to coach Al Cue.
"We played well, but had another scoring drought that lasted well into the second half," he says. "By the time we got going again, we were down 20. We made a nice run, cutting the lead back to 10, but could not get closer."
The Buccaneers traveled to Jackson on Friday, Feb. 28 for their opening Section 3AA South girls basketball tournament to face Jackson. The game was played after the Faribault County Register deadline. Game results will be included next week.