Bucs lose to KoMets
A rare Saturday afternoon basketball game saw the Blue Earth Area girls hosting the Kasson-Mantorville KoMets in a match up of Sub-section foes. Although the Bucs had the early advantage, it was the KoMets who prevailed for a 57-46 victory.
The Bucs looked sharp in the opening minutes with Camille Driscoll scoring a quick lay up off the opening tip. Krista Hassing’s efforts on the offensive board led to the next Bucs’ score and Driscoll added a trey to give the maroon and gold a 7-2 lead.
Trailing the Bucs 14-8, the KoMets struck back with 10 straight points to take an 18-14 lead. It was a lead they would never surrender.
Led by center Erin Schlotthauer, the KoMets physical play helped them take a 33-20 lead late in the first half. The Bucs failed to capitalize on numerous shots close to the basket, but were able to score the last three points of the opening stanza to make the score 33-23 at the half.
Ashley Olson converted one of two free throws to start the second half. Sara Warmka scored and was fouled while driving to the basket. She sank the free throw to complete the traditional three-point play and close the gap to six points at 33-27.
Driscoll pulled the Bucs to within four points of the KoMets with an offensive rebound off a missed free throw. Driscoll’s basket made the score 33-29 in favor of the KoMets,
The KoMets responded by outscoring the Bucs six to one over the next couple of minutes to increase their lead to 39-30.
Blue Earth Area made another run at K-M. Jenny Smith connected from beyond the arc with 10:15 to go in the game to cut the KoMets’ margin to four again at 41-37. The Bucs had a couple of opportunities to narrow the gap further, but were unable to put the ball through the hoop.
Kasson-Mantorville maintained a five to eight point lead as the clock wound down to the two minute mark. The Bucs were forced to foul and the KoMets made eight of 10 free throws to finish the game and claim the non-conference win.
“K-M really got after us in this game,” Coach Al Cue says. “They disrupted our offense and we often settled for less than a good shot. They also shot the ball very well, especially in the first half (70 percent). We needed to step up our defensive intensity, which I though we did in the second half.”
Driscoll led the Bucs with 14 points, Krista Hassing also hit double figures with 12 points and had 11 rebounds, and Sara Warmka added nine points. The Bucs were 8 of 20 from the free throw line.
“We will continue to improve on both ends of the floor as the season progresses,” Cue adds.
The loss gives the Bucs a 1-2 record with all of the games being non-conference.
This week the girls will be participating in the St. Clair Holiday Tournament Tuesday through Thursday.