Bucs soar by Eagles, 57-36
Blue Earth Area used solid defense and a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Maple River Eagles in girls basketball action Thursday night in Blue Earth.
The Bucs came out on top 57-36 to improve their overall record to 14-7.
Maple River, members of the Valley Conference, came into the game with a 7-14 record and were in eighth place in the 12-team conference.
The Eagles scored the first four points of the game in the opening minute but then would go almost five minutes before scoring again.
Meanwhile, senior Ashley Olson got things going for the Bucs.
The 5-foot-7-inch guard came up with a steal and was fouled going in for the layup. She made both free throws and then came up with another steal. This time she scored on the layup to knot the game up at 4-4.
Following a free throw by her fellow back court mate Sara Warmka, Olson struck again.
This time it was from the top of the key for a 3-pointer and an 8-4 Buccaneer lead.
The Bucs held an 18-12 lead when Krista Hassing’s five straight points boosted the Bucs’ margin to 11 points.
A drive down the middle by Olson made it seven consecutive points for the maroon and gold and they increased their lead to 25-12.
Maple River managed to trim the Bucs’ advantage to 10 points by halftime with Blue Earth Area holding a 27-17 edge.
“I thought Maple River was a real scrappy team,” says Buc head coach Al Cue. “They made a run early in the second half to cut our lead to six points but from that point on our girls took control.”
Indeed. After the Bucs opened play in the second stanza with four straight points, the Eagles responded with eight consecutive points.
Junior guard Emily Fitzsimmons scored five of the points with a long-range trey and finished off the run with another jumper to make it a 31-25 game in favor of the Bucs.
The Bucs responded by turning up the pressure with their defense.
An Eagle turnover caused by the Bucs’ press led to an easy Camille Driscoll basket.
Warmka added two free throws and Hassing tallied a traditional 3-point play.
A basket by Jenny Smith completed a 9-2 run that gave the Bucs a 40-27 lead.
A basket by the Eagles trimmed the lead to 11 points but a Katie Krieger basket off an in-bounds play and a mid-court steal and subsequent lay-up by Warmka made it 44-29 in favor of the Bucs.
The Bucs would outscore the Eagles 13-7 over the final eight minutes of the game to give the home team a 21-point victory.
A trio of BEA players scored in double figures, led by Olson with 14.
Driscoll and Hassing had 11 and 10 points respectively and Warmka just missed hitting the double figures with nine points.
Olson and Hassing each had three assists.
Hassing led the Bucs in rebounding with 10.
The Bucs outrebounded the Eagles by a 26-23 margin.
BEA had seven steals on the night and committed 12 turnovers.
The Eagles finished with 26 turnovers for the night.