Buc girls win, head to tourney finals
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls won a thriller over the Canby Lancers Wednesday night at the St. Clair Holiday Tournament.
The 44-42 victory meant the Bucs would be in the championship game Thursday night against cross-county rivals, the Rebels of USC.
USC defeated Hayfield 37-33 in an earlier game on Wednesday.
Thursday’s championship game was after the early holiday deadline for the Register and details and photos will be included in the next issue.
The Bucs victory over the Lancers came down to a few nerve-racking seconds at the end of the game.
After a close tight game that had been tied several times, BEA finally enjoyed a seven point lead with four minutes left in the ball game. The lead was 41-34 after Krista Hassing completed a three point play.
But, it was the last points the Bucs would make for the next three and a half minutes.
Canby, meanwhile, steadily caught back up, and with just 48.8 seconds in the game, had taken over the lead at 42-41.
With only 15.5 seconds left in the game, Hassing broke the Bucs scoring drought with a basket to put BEA ahead 43-42.
She was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.
Canby had several opportunities to score again but failed to make a basket.
With 3.7 seconds left, Sara Warmka made 1 of 2 free throws to put BEA up by two.
The Lancer’s standout ball player, Riley Nordgaard (who has scored over 2,000 points in her career) took the ball coast to coast and fired off a shot as she collided with the Bucs’ Warmka.
The shot was off the mark, the buzzer sounded, and no foul was called by the refs.
Game over, Bucs win.
“The girls played well this game,” Buc coach Al Cue says. “Their defense was solid throughout the contest. They held Canby’s 2,000 point scorer to just two field goals and 11 points overall.”
The Bucs had a narrow lead, 26-22, at the end of the first half. The game was tied up six times in the first half, just once, at 32-32, in the second half.
BEA was led by Hassing who had another double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Camille Driscoll added nine points, eight rebounds and deflected four shots.
Warmka had five points, Courtney Grandgenett four and Allie Curtis three.
The Bucs made 14 of 43 field goals for a 33 percent clip. They sank 15 of 23 free throws for 65 percent.
Canby was 12 of 41 from the floor (29 percent) but was a good 17 of 22 from the charity stripe, good for 77 percent.
Other statistics were also very close, just like the game itself.
BEA had 28 rebounds, Canby 30. The Bucs had 13 steals, the Lancers 14. BEA committed 21 turnovers, Canby 17.
“We made some mistakes in the last few minutes, but we also did a lot of positive things,” Coach Cue says. “Canby is a good team and we figured out a way to beat them.”