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Girls stage come-from-behind win

By Staff | Jan 31, 2009

BEA’s Ashley Olson defends the Buc basket.

The Buccaneer girls basketball team had to overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half of their game against Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial last Tuesday night in Blue Earth.

The Bucs did just that – and more- winning the game by a 12-point margin, 64-52. They scored 46 points in the second half to get the win.

The dramatic come-from-behind win didn’t look as though it would be possible to accomplish, after a poorly played first half had the visiting Knights ahead 27-18 at the break.

The BEA girls found themselves behind 37-24 well into the second half.

It was a 3-pointer by Ashley Olson, followed by a three point play (basket and free throw) by Kate Hassing which started the fight back, and made the score 39-30.

It was another Olson 3-pointer and two Hassing free throws which tied the game at 39-39.

A steal by Olson ended in a fast-break layup, and the 12-0 run was complete, and the Bucs were ahead 41-39.

The Buccaneers steadily increased their lead from that point on. At one point they were ahead by 15, at 63-48.

The Bucs had started the game hot, getting ahead 7-3. However, the Knights went on a 13-0 run and gained a 16-7 advantage.

Cold shooting, coupled with poor rebounding and defense, kept the Bucs behind the rest of the first half, trailing by as many as 11 points.

Jackie Klinkner led the scoring for the Bucs, with 20 points. She also had six rebounds.

Olson added 18 points, as well as five rebounds and three steals.

Hassing totalled 14 points, three rebounds and three steals. Hayley Pirsig added seven points and three rebounds.

The Bucs were 19 of 51 shooting from the floor and 24 of 34 at the free-throw line, 71 percent. The Knights shot 22 of 62 from the floor, and made eight of 16 free-throws, for 50 percent.

The win puts BEA at 9-6 for the season.

This week the Bucs travel to Jackson County Central on Tuesday and Waseca on Thursday.