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BEA falls to No. 2 ranked Saints

By Staff | Dec 27, 2010

The Bucs’ Ashley Olson puts on the brakes and looks for a shot, but gets fouled by a high- flying St. Peter Saint instead.

St. Peters’ No. 2 ranked girls basketball team traveled to Blue Earth last Tuesday evening and left with a 60-39 victory. The Saints, who qualified for the state tournament last year, came into the contest with a 3-0 record, having won their first three games by an average of almost 23 points.

The Bucs kept it close in the early going thanks to three-pointers by Camille Driscoll and Ashley Olson. Olson added a baseline drive, but the Saints held an early 11-8 lead.

A six-point run by the visitors had the Bucs trailing 17-8 before Sydney Ristau followed two free throws with a move inside, to cut the Saints’ lead to five at 17-12.

Good ball movement resulted in three more inside baskets for the Bucs. Sara Warmka got free inside to put one in off the glass. Olson hit a cutting Rylee Wagner for another bucket and then Olson was on the receiving end of a Driscoll assist that helped the Bucs keep pace with the Saints who still held on to a 23-18 lead.

The Saints came out of a time out and ran off eight straight points to move ahead 31-18. Two free throws by Krista Hassing made it 31-20.

The Saints held the ball to go for the last shot of the first half. They made their shot but left too much time on the clock. Olson hit a left-handed runner as time ran out to make the score 33-22 in favor of the Saints at half time.

St. Peter shot better than 65 percent in the first half, led by AnnMarie Brown who scored 18 of her 19 total points in the first half.

Brown may have scored only one point in the second half, but the Saints’ Alyssa Kerkhoff scored 11 of her total 17 points in the second stanza to help stave off any chance of a Buccaneer rally.

Joining her teammates Brown and Kerkhoff in double figures was junior guard Katy Kuiper who finished the game with 16 points.

“They are a very good team,” says Bucs head coach Al Cue. “They shot the ball very well, especially in the first half.”

Senior Olson led the way for the Bucs with 14 points, followed by Ristau and Hassing who tallied nine and seven points respectively.

The Bucs committed 15 turnovers to the Saints 12. The Saints held the edge in rebounding 18-14.

“Overall, I was happy with the energy we played with,” commented Cue. “We had some defensive breakdowns where we all crashed the boards and didn’t rotate anybody back to stop their fast break.”

Blue Earth fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the South Central Conference. St. Peter’s record remains unblemished at 4-0, while they are 2-0 in the conference with wins over New Ulm and the Bucs.

BEA travels to St. Clair this week for holiday tournament action.