Girls down St. James
Camille Driscoll led a trio of Bucs scoring in double figures with 20 points to defeat the host St. James Saints 66-50 in girls basketball on Jan. 30.
The Bucs also converted 21of 28 free throw attempts while improving their conference record to two wins against three losses.
Ashley Olson’s drive and assist gave Sydney Ristau an easy basket for the game’s first two points. The Bucs would never trail.
The Saints’ Briana Brandts, who led all players with 28 points, made 1 of 2 free throws to put the Saints on the board. The Bucs scored the next four points before Brandts drove the baseline to make it 6-3 – still in favor of the maroon and gold.
Jenny Smith and Driscoll hit back-to-back ‘threes’ to give BEA a 12-3 lead six minutes into the game.
The teams would trade baskets over the next six minutes. Sara Warmka was fouled and stepped to the free-throw line with the Bucs up 21-12. Warmka sank both shots to begin a 14-4 Bucs run.
Driscoll scored the next four points. First, she put back an offensive rebound and then she came up with a steal and took it in for a layup, putting the Bucs up 27-12.
Brandts’ bucket for the Saints momentarily stopped the Bucs run, but another basket off of an offensive rebound, this time by Rylee Wagner, put BEA up 29-14.
Warmka, who finished the game a perfect six for six from the charity stripe, added two free throws and a drive through traffic for a layup. Krista Hassing’s basket finished a 6-2 run giving the Bucs a 35-16 halftime lead.
The Buccaneers would twice extend their lead to 21 points in the second half before St. James would capitalize on Buc turnovers to narrow the margin to 14 points – with just more than seven minutes left in the game.
St. James left Driscoll unguarded just inside the arc and the junior ripped the nets to put an end to the Saints’ run. Blue Earth Area would make 13 out of 17 free throws in the final six minutes of the game to secure the fifteen point victory.
Driscoll finished the night with 20 points, Smith and Warmka joined her in double figures with 10 points each. Wagner added nine and Olson added eight in the winning effort.
The Bucs won the battle on the boards by a 30-29 margin. Wagner pulled down 10 rebounds, followed by Sydney Ristau with nine and Hassing with eight.
Warmka added three steals, as BEA caused 18 St. James turnovers, but committed 22 turnovers themselves.
Blue Earth Area improved its overall record to 9-5, while St. James dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference.