BEA girls clip Cards
The Blue Earth Area girls picked up their first conference win of the season with a 49-44 win over the host Fairmont Cardinals in basketball action on Jan. 21.
A 26-10 Buccaneer lead at the half evaporated in the second half.
The Cardinals chipped away at the Bucs’ margin, finally overtaking BEA 34-32 with 6:57 left in the game.
A basket by Cardinal standout Kirsten True extended Fairmont’s lead to four points, at 36-32.
BEA answered with six straight points. Sydney Ristau closed the gap to one point with a traditional three point play. Ashley Olson put the Bucs back in front 38-36 with a 3-pointer from behind the arc.
Ristau’s work inside resulted in another basket and a four-point Buccaneer lead. Two straight baskets by the Cards tied the score at 40.
Following a Fairmont time out at the 3:16 mark, Olson put BEA in front with the help of a Jenny Smith assist for a 42-40 lead. Krista Hassing was fouled on the defensive end of the court and made one of two free throws for a 43-40 lead.
Two Cardinal free throws cut the Bucs’ lead to one. Camille Driscoll’s swoosh put the Bucs back up by three.
Rylee Wagner drew a charging foul against the Cards’ True to give the Bucs the ball.
Sara Warmka was fouled and converted one of two free throws to make it 46-42 in favor of BEA.
Fairmont’s Justine Gerdts scored off an offensive rebound to make it a two-point game at 46-44.
BEA scored the last three points on free throws, one by Warmka and two by Olson, to secure the five-point win.
“The first ten minutes of the second half we had trouble doing many things right,” says Bucs head coach Al Cue. “We made some important free throws down the stretch to get the win.”
Fairmont actually opened the game scoring the first six points, which brought on a Buccaneer time out less than three minutes into the game.
Defensive pressure by BEA caused Fairmont to commit many turnovers. The Bucs took the ball to the hoop, scoring on many lay-ups and drawing many fouls.
BEA took advantage of its trips to the line in the opening half, converting 9 of 12 attempts from the charity stripe.
Jenny Smith’s buzzer beater from just inside the arc punctuated a Bucs’ 26-4 run, sending BEA into the locker room at half time with a 26-10 lead.
Olson finished the game with 16 points, followed by Ristau who scored eight.
Driscoll, Wagner and Warmka each added six points.
Krista Hassing, Olson and Warmka each recorded five steals.
Fairmont held the overall edge in rebounds by a 29-17 margin. Hassing was the leading rebounder for BEA with five.
The Bucs were 19 of 29 from the free throw line while Fairmont made eight of its nine free throw attempts.
Waseca 53, BEA 46
The Bluejays were led by Lexie Ulfers’ 25 points to defeat the Bucs 53-46 in South Central Conference action Thursday night in Blue Earth.
Krista Hassing led BEA with 13 points, followed by Ashley Olson with 12 and Jenny Smith with eight.
Waseca finished with 26 rebounds, while the Bucs had 19.