Panthers slip past Bucs by 4 points
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team was outscored by the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Cardinals by just two points in the first half, and two more in the second half.
The Bucs fell 66-62 in a close contest in New Richland on Friday night, Dec. 6.
“This was a very good early-season game with two good teams battling it out,” coach Al Cue says. “Either team could have won. We had plenty of chances to pull away.”
After trailing 34-32 at the half, BEA was able to build up an eight point lead in the second half. But, the Bucs couldn’t hang on to it.
“Give NRHEG credit for battling back,” Cue says.
The Bucs had three girls in double figures. Ashley Olson had 16 points, Camille Driscoll 15 and Krista Hassing 14.
In addition, Driscoll hauled down 14 rebounds.
“Ashley and Camille really had nice all-around games,” the Buc coach notes. “Camille seemed to be in on every rebound. Ashley played her usual steady game.”
Sydney Ristau added seven points and seven rebounds. Hassing also had seven boards.
Olson had six rebounds, six steals and five assists. Driscoll added five steals and two assists.
As a team, the Buccaneers were 17 of 56 for 30 percent, while NRHEG was 26 of 60 for 43 percent.
“Our girls really played hard,” Cue says. “We will need to shore up our defense, however. Giving up 66 points is something we will need to improve on.”
This week BEA has one game, hosting the St. Peter Saints on Tuesday night.