Girls win St. Clair tourney, again
After two nights of competition, the championship game of the St. Clair Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament came down to two Faribault County high school teams.
The Buccaneers of Blue Earth Area prevailed over the Rebels of United South Central to repeat as the tournament champs.
The Bucs led throughout the game on Thursday, Dec. 29 and came home with a 47-35 victory and the championship trophy.
“The girls played another solid game,” Buc coach Al Cue says. “Our offense struggled at times, but the defense kept USC in check enough to give us a chance. We came through with enough points.”
BEA jumped out to a quick 5-0 start on baskets by Krista Hassing and Allie Curtis and a free throw from Sara Warmka.
But, USC tallied a couple of baskets to get within one point at 5-4.
Camille Driscoll drained a pair of three pointers to boost BEA’s lead to 14-6 and the Bucs never looked back. Driscoll went on to make 4 of 5 of her three point shot attempts and led the team with 22 points.
BEA led 23-16 at the half, with their last three points coming from Hassing free throws.
USC’s Joanne Trio and Katie Overbo fired in a pair of threes in the second half to cut the lead back to one, 23-22. But, the Bucs’ Driscoll came right back with another three of her own – plus a couple of two-point shots – to put BEA back up by eight at 30-22.
BEA continued to build on their lead, going up by 10 at 40-30, then by 15 near the end of the game at 47-32.
A Kristie Overbo three-pointer for USC made the final score 47-35.
Coach Cue had some praise to spread around after the game.
“Camille really shot the ball well,” he says. “Krista was hard for them to guard, and Sara did a great job running the team and playing great defense.”
Besides Driscoll’s 22 points, she also had nine rebounds. Hassing added 14 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. She also blocked three shots.
Courtney Grandgenett had four points for the Bucs, Curtis three and Warmka and Nicole Carr two each.
Katie Overbo led the Rebels with 11 points while Amanda Allis had seven and Kristie Overbo and Allie Voigt each added six for USC.
BEA was 15 of 45 from the floor for 33 percent and 13 of 33 from the free throw line for 57 percent.
USC was 13 of 33 for 39 percent from the floor and 4 of 7 from the charity stripe for 57 percent.
The Bucs had a slight rebounding edge, 28-22. But defensively, BEA’s stats told the story. They had nine steals to the Rebels three and committed only six turnovers while USC had 18.
BEA had a full week off from competition after the tournament. They played back to back home games this past Friday and Saturday and details on those games will be in the next Register.
This week they host the Jackson County Central Huskies in another home game on Tuesday night.
Thursday the girls travel to New Ulm, and on Saturday they will join the boys in a doubleheader at Hayfield.