Buc girls win sub-section opening round game
The Buccaneer girls’ basketball team picked up right where they left off in their previous game. Unfortunately for the Bucs, that was not a good thing.
Facing Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (LCWM), the eighth seeded team in the sub-section, the top seeded Bucs could not get things working until late in the 1st half before pulling away for a final 70-44 victory.
Whether it was bad passes, missed layups, or turnovers (the Bucs had 16 1st half turnovers), the Bucs struggled and only led by one point at 22-21 with 3:30 to go in the 1st half.
LCWM had a chance to take the lead with 2:59 left in the half, however Cammey Young, who led the Knights with 19 points, was unable to convert either of two free throws following a Buc foul.
Meagan Grandgenett soon put the Bucs up by three with a jumper from the free throw line. Next she hit one from beyond the arc to give the Bucs a 27-21 lead. A free throw by Erin Warner and Hayley Darrington’s basket gave the Bucs a little breathing room as they ended the 1st half with a 30-21 lead.
It took the Bucs less than three and half minutes in the second half to increase the lead to 17 points with Grandgenett scoring six of the Bucs first 11 points. Combined with Warner’s basket and Darrington’s traditional 3 point play, the Bucs took a 41-24 lead.
The Bucs ran an inbounds play that freed Darrington up for a “3” that put the Bucs up 53-32. It was then time for the Kali Anderson Show as the senior guard scored two consecutive baskets, made a nice assist on a Darrington bucket and then scored the next five points on two baskets and a 1-2 trip to the charity stripe.
This flourish left the home team on top 64-37 and brought in the reserves to finish the game.
“We didn’t take care of the ball in the 1st half,” commented Coach Al Cue. “I really didn’t have to say much at half time because the seniors took it upon themselves; they knew we hadn’t played well. We came out in the second half and forced some turnovers that led to some easy baskets.”
The Bucs had three players score in double figures led by Darrington with 20 points while Anderson and Grandgenett each finished with 13. The Bucs free throw shooting rebounded somewhat from the previous game as they made 13 of 19 attempts.
The win puts the Bucs up against Belle Plaine who advanced with an overtime win over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown. The results from this game, to be played at Mankato East on Feb. 29, will appear in next week’s Faribault County Register.