Buc girls ‘steal’ game from Saints
Luckily for the Blue Earth Area girls’ basketball team stealing is legal during the game or a whole lot of Buc girls would be in deep trouble. The Bucs came up with 20 steals as they downed the visiting St. Peter Saints 64-42 in South Central Conference Action Thursday night. The win gives the Bucs a 4-1 conference record.
“The girls played ok,” commented Coach Al Cue after the game. “We kept our turnovers down while forcing St. Peter to commit a lot of turnovers. We ran the floor well but we need to work on our defensive rebounding.”
Meagan Grandgenett led the defensive assault with five steals while Meghan Mittlestadt, Hayley Darrington, and Kali Anderson each had three steals.
The Bucs utilized a tough defense to build a 10 point lead less than seven minutes into the game. Katie Erdahl and Kate Hassing each contributed six points to go with Erin Warner’s fast break layup to put the Bucs up 14-4.
The Bucs would continue to build the lead as they converted many turnovers into easy baskets.
By the time half time rolled around the Bucs had extended their lead to 20 points by the score of 38-18.
Continuing their defensive pressure in the second half, the Bucs would gain their biggest lead of the night when Darrington drained a three-pointer followed by Grandgenett’s short jumper to push the score to 56-25, giving the Bucs a 31 point margin.
The Bucs’ reserves got to see a lot of action as they replaced the starters with just over six minutes to go in the game.
Grandgenett led the Bucs in scoring with 16 points followed by Erdahl and Darrington who each had 10. Erin Warner added 8 points for the victors.
Anderson led the team with five assists while Jackie Klinkner had four. Klinkner was also the leading rebounder with six boards and Grandgenett added to her fine all-around game with five rebounds.
Kate Hassing left the game in the first half with an ankle injury that occurred when she came down on an opposing player’s foot after scoring her third bucket of the night. She did not return and is thought to be doubtful for the game at Minnesota Valley Lutheran Jan.12.
Blue Earth Area B-Squad defeats St. Peter 48-21
The Bucs held the St. Peter girls to just five first half points as they defeated the Saints by a score of 48-21.
Ashley Olson led the Bucs with 12 points followed by Morgan Dickman with 11.
The girls connected on seven three- pointers in the game with Dickman making three and Olson and Kari Darrington each making two.