Sub-section: Bucs win big
Sub-section play for girls basketball began last Tuesday night in Blue Earth and the No. 3 seeded Buccaneers advanced to the next round with a 50-23 win over the Hayfield Vikings.
The No. 6-seed Vikings found the going tough on the offensive end of the floor and were down 23-4 midway through the opening half.
“I was real happy with our play on both ends of the court in the first half,” says head coach Al Cue. “We were able to get some open looks and we knocked the shots down.”
The two teams had met just 10 days earlier with Blue Earth Area winning that game 54-42. Hayfield had great success from behind the arc that night with their sharpshooters hitting 10 treys.
Things would be different the second time around.
The Buccaneer defense didn’t allow the Vikings many good looks at the basket and the Vikings were able to make only one 3-pointer in each half.
Meanwhile BEA’s offense, led by Camille Driscoll’s three first-half treys, built up a big lead early in the game.
An Ashley Olson pass inside to Sydney Ristau resulted in the Bucs’ first points. Sara Warmka would add three free throws before Driscoll would hit the first of her long-range shots for an 8-0 Buc lead.
Hayfield finally got on the board at the 14:04 mark, but Driscoll hit again from behind the arc to make it 11-2.
Following another basket by the Vikings, Driscoll would sink her third consecutive 3-point shot to give the Bucs a double-digit lead at 14-4 and force a Hayfield timeout.
The break in the action failed to stop the Bucs’ momentum.
Ristau scored on a traditional three-point play to make it 17-4. Jenny Smith then scored consecutive baskets on a layup and pull-up jump shot to make it 21-4.
An Olson to Smith to Katie Krieger combination made it 23-4 and resulted in another Vikings’ timeout. BEA would eventually build its lead to 27-4 before Hayfield cut the margin down to 20 points at the half with the Bucs leading 30-10.
Hayfield made its second trey of the night to open the second half, but Driscoll answered with her fourth trey of the evening and put a quick end to any thoughts of a Viking comeback.
In the second half, BEA was able to extend its lead and give its reserves some extended playing time on its way to the 27-point victory.
Driscoll led all players with 16 points, while Ristau tallied seven.
The Bucs outrebounded the Vikings by a 29-19 margin. Ristau and Rylee Wagner led the team in rebounds with six each. Wagner returned to action after being out more than two weeks with an ankle injury.
BEA came up with 14 steals and forced 19 turnovers.
Hayfield ends its season with a 13-13 record. Meanwhile, the Bucs improved to 16-8 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs against the 18-8 Southland Rebels.
The match-up against the No. 2 seeded Rebels was Friday night.