Bucs lose by 12 to Bluejays
It was a tale of two halves for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team against Waseca on Friday, Feb.6.
The Bucs played the Bluejays in a competitive first half. However, the second half saw Waseca pull away and win the game 60-48.
BEA was down just seven at half, 34-27. They got outscored 26-11 in the second half, however.
The game started with a couple of runs.
Down 4-3, the Buccaneers went on a 9-0 scoring run to take the lead at 12-4.
The Bluejays answered with a bigger run, and scored 16 unanswered points to take a 19-14 lead.
The game was tied at 20 all, after Morgan Dickman hit a 3-pointer, and Olivia Skaare and Alicia Rorman each hit a free throw.
Dickman hit her third 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to get the Bucs back to within one at 26-25. It was her last points of the game, and the last time the Bucs would be close.
BEA scored one basket early in the second half, then went scoreless until halfway through the final period.
Ashley Olson got a pair of free throws, but they came after Waseca had gone on a 19-2 run in the second half, and made the score 56-29.
A couple of times the Bluejays increased the lead to 32 points, before the Bucs started to hit some baskets in the final minutes of play.
“It was a tough night for us,” Coach Al Cue said after the game. “In the first half we turned the ball over too much, but really battled to stay close. In the second half, we worked our tails off, but struggled shooting the ball. We got lots of good shots, but couldn’t seem to put them in the hoop.”
The Bucs made just 13 of 50 field goals, to the Bluejays 26 of 62. BEA made 10 of 21 free throws, while Waseca made 12 of 15.
Dickman’s 11 points led the Bucs, while Olson and Klinkner added eight each. Klinkner also had six rebounds.
Kate Hassing added six for BEA, Skaare three and Sarah Warmka two.
BEA committed 26 turnovers in the game.
Waseca’s Lexie Ulfers scored 19 points for the host Bluejays.
The Bucs will host Maple River on Tuesday, and travel to MCW on Thursday.