Six gain All-SCC honors
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer basketball teams had six players recently named to the All-South Central Conference honors lists.
There were three girls players and three boys players named to either the All-SCC or honorable mention lists released last week.
For the boys, Taylor Owen and Sam Lee were named all-conference, while Brady Anderson was one of two conference players named to the honorable mention list.
Buccaneer girls players Ashley Olson and Camille Driscoll were on the All-SCC list, while Krista Hassing received honorable mention recognition.
An in depth look at the six players follows.
Owen, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, led the Buccaneers in rebounding, averaging 7.9 boards in each of the 23 games during the season, totaling 182.
He was also third in scoring, with 194 points. Owen made 53 of the 140 shots he tried from two-point range, and was a 73 percent free-throw shooter, making 43 of 59.
And, unusual for a forward, he was an excellent three-point shooter, hitting nine of them during the year.
“Taylor worked tremendously hard in the off season and it paid off,” says Buc head coach Gary Holmseth. “He led our team in rebounding and in overall offensive efficiency points.”
“Sam Lee is the strongest kid in the conference and probably has the best hands of any post player I have ever coached,” Coach Holmseth says.
The 6-foot-5 junior center was the Buccaneers’ top scorer this past season, with a total of 237 points in his 23 games.
Lee scored 116 of those points in SCC contests, and that placed him fourth on the conference scoring list with a 10.4 points-per-game average.
Lee made 101 of his 189 tries from two-point range, and was a 50 percent free-throw shooter, hitting 35 of 70.
He also grabbed 126 rebounds during the season, for a 5.5 per game average.
“Sam is a very positive kid,” Coach Holmseth sums up.
The 6-foot-1 junior point guard led the team in assists with 83, an average of 3.8 per game.
Anderson scored 194 points during the season, an average of 8.8 per game.
He hit 53 of 140 from two-point range, and 15 of 67 from behind the arc.
Anderson also led the team in free-throw shooting, hitting 43 of 59 for a 73 percent clip.
“Brady led our team in assists and he rebounds quite well for a guard,” Holmseth says. “He has played on the varsity for three years and now is in our top 10 for all-time assists.”
The 5-foot-7 senior guard led the Buccaneers in scoring this past season, with 308 points. That was an average of 11.4 points-per-game, also tops on the team.
Olson also led the team in steals with 95, and was second on the team in assists with 64.
Although she was a guard, Olson grabbed 95 rebounds – an average of 3.5 per game – and was fourth on the team in this category.
“Ashley has been a three-year starter for us,” Coach Al Cue says. “She has been a great leader on and off the court. She will really be missed next season.”
Driscoll was the second leading scorer for the Bucs this past year, with 278, an average of 10.3 per game.
The 5-foot-9 junior forward was third on the team in rebounding, grabbing 119 for a 4.4 rebounds-per-game average.
She also was second on the team for steals, with 66 during the year, plus she had 26 assists.
“Camille is a very good shooter,” Coach Cue says. “This is her second year playing varsity, and she is a well-rounded player, doing most things well.”
The 5-foot-11 sophomore forward was the team leader in rebounding, with 152 boards, an average of 5.6 per game.
“Krista had a very solid year,” the Bucs girls coach says. “She started 16 games, and came off the bench in the other 11. She accepted both roles in stride and gave her best effort always.”
Hassing was third on the team in points with 193, a 7.1 per-game-average. She was also third on the team for assists, with 36. Plus, she had 38 total steals.