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Saints march to victory

By Staff | Feb 14, 2011

Buccaneers Katie Krieger, left, and Camille Driscoll flank St. Peter player Katrina Siebels. Siebels recently returned to the squad after receiving cancer treatment.

A big hole.

That is what the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team dug themselves into when they played the Saints in St. Peter on Friday night, Feb. 4.

“We had a very disappointing start to the game,” Coach Al Cue says. “We let them get away from us early.”

In fact, the Saints marched in to a 15-0 start, on their way to a 20 point, 54-34 victory.

“The rest of the game we battled to try and catch up,” Cue says. “Our half court defense was decent, but we couldn’t overcome that bad start.”

Members of both the St. Peter and BEA girls basketball varsity and B-squad teams and coaches posed for a photo before the game, all wearing identical purple T-shirts. The shirts read “Rivals Rally Against Cancer.”

BEA eventually hit some baskets in the first half, after staking St. Peter to the 15 point advantage.

The Saints led 29-13 at the end of the first half.

Camille Driscoll led the Bucs in scoring with nine points. She also had five rebounds and three steals.

Rylee Wagner added eight points and Krista Hassing six. Hassing led in the rebound category with six.

Ashley Olson had four steals and Sara Warmka three.

“They outran us down the floor most of the night, for easy buckets,” Cue says. “They are a very good team.”

Before the game started, members of both teams wore identical purple warm up shirts and shoelaces, with the words “Rivals Rally Against Cancer” on them.

Many of the fans also wore purple, the color of hope for a cure for cancer.

There were several fundraiser events during the week and during the game.

The effort came about after one of the Saints’ players, Katrina Siebels, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last year. She went through chemotherapy, and is now playing on the St. Peter team again.

After the game, birthday cake and punch was served to both teams and their fans, following with the American Cancer Society’s slogan of wishing to celebrate more birthdays.

The Bucs travel to MCW on Tuesday this week, then host Maple River on Thursday.