Bucs stampede Mustangs
Blue Earth Area opened its girls basketball season with a non-conference victory over the visiting Granada-Huntley-East Chain Mustangs, 54-29.
The Buccaneers full-court pressure resulted in 29 Mustang turnovers and resulted in numerous scoring opportunities for the maroon and gold.
“I was very happy with our defensive intensity,” says Buccaneer head coach Al Cue. “We didn’t convert in the early going but started scoring off the turnovers about half-way through the first half.”
The Bucs controlled the opening tip and Ashley Olson was fouled as she drove to the basket. Olson sank both free throws to put the Bucs on the board. Krista Hassing converted an offensive rebound for another basket and Sydney Ristau hit for two giving the Bucs a 6-0 lead.
Hassing’s steal and ensuing basket stopped a four point Mustang run. Camille Driscoll followed with a traditional three-point play. Olson sandwiched two treys around two free throws allowing the Bucs to take a 19-6 lead.
Trailing 28-11, the Mustangs’ Alyssa Cegelske used her 6-foot-2 frame to draw a foul under the basket. She made one of two free throws and followed with a steal and basket to cut the Bucs’ lead to 28-14.
The Bucs, who made only seven of 20 free throw attempts on the night, had chances to extend their lead with shots from the charity stripe but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities.
Olson, however, continued her hot shooting as she sank another trey to give the Bucs a 31-14 lead. Jenny Smith closed out the first half scoring with a baseline jumper with four seconds left to give Blue Earth Area a 33-14 half time lead.
Six minutes into the second half the Bucs had increased their lead to 30 points at 47-17 and the coaches began to pull the starters out. Every player for the Buccaneers was able to get some floor time.
Olson led a trio of Buc girls scoring in double digits with 19 points. She was joined by Driscoll with 12 and Hassing with 10.
The Bucs were 21 of 52 from the field including hitting five of 12 from three point range.
This week the Buc girls play at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Friday.