Girls win 4, improve to 11-1
For the fourth game in a row, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team dominated a first half on their way to big victory.
On Thursday night the opponent was the New Ulm Eagles and the Bucs brought home a 53-31 win.
It was the BEA girls’ 11th win this season, with only one loss, to St. Peter, to blemish the record. Plus, the victory over the Eagles on Thursday in New Ulm boosted the Bucs South Central Conference record to 4-1.
The Buccaneers got off to a tremendous start, leading 31-17 at the halftime buzzer. BEA outscored New Ulm 22-14 in the second stanza.
The Bucs were led by Camille Driscoll who scored 19 points. Krista Hassing added nine points, while Sara Warmka scored seven and Courtney Grandgenett six.
The Buccaneer girls traveled to Hayfield on Saturday for a double-header matchup featuring both the BEA girls and boys teams facing the Hayfield girls and boys teams.
That game was past the Register’s printing deadline and results will be in the next week’s Register and results posted on the Register’s Facebook page.
This week the Bucs travel to Fairmont on Friday for a boys-girls double-header.
Was it a rugby contest or a girls basketball game?
Last Tuesday evening in the Blue Earth Area High School gym it was difficult to tell at times.
The BEA Buccaneer girls won a hard-fought game against the Jackson County Central Huskies, 59-44.
Bodies flew and players from both teams hit the floor several times. One JCC player left the game in the first half after a collision with a BEA player who was driving to the basket. The Huskies’ 6-foot junior center, Lydia Brandt, did not return to the game.
The game was tied early at 4-4 and 6-6, then tied again at 13-all and 14-all. It looked to be a battle all night long.
Turns out, it wasn’t.
The Huskies took their second – and last – lead of the game with the score 16-15 in their favor.
That is when the Buccaneers stepped up their intensity and rattled off 18 unanswered points, taking a commanding 33-16 lead.
At the halftime buzzer, BEA was comfortably ahead with the score 35-19.
The Huskies battled back at times in the second stanza, and outscored the Bucs by one, 25-24.
JCC closed the gap to nine with the score at 39-30 early in the second half.
But, BEA quickly began upping their defensive pressure and adding to their scoring edge. They were up by 15 at 45-30, then by 20 at 55-35.
Camille Driscoll once again led the BEA offensive attack with 25 points. She was a perfect 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Plus she hit 5 of 10 from 2-point range and made 6 of 8 free throw tries.
Driscoll also was a leader on defense grabbing six steals. The Bucs had 18 steals to the Huskies eight.
Krista Hassing added 16 points for BEA and led the team with eight rebounds. The Bucs tallied 23 boards.
As a team the Bucs made 20 of 47 field goal attempts for 43 percent, and hit 16 of 21 from the free-throw line for 76 percent.
The Huskies were 17 of 43 (40 percent) from the field and 5 of 9 (56 percent) from the line.
The win upped the Bucs season record to 10-1 and 3-1 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs play a double-header with the boys team on Friday night.
BEA 56, Southwest Star Concept 20
For the second game in as many nights, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers built up such a substantial lead that the clock was put on ‘running time’ and not stopped in the last minutes of the game.
On the previous night it had been the St. James Saints who struggled against the tough BEA defense. On Saturday night, Jan. 7, it was the Quasars of Southwest Star Concept. The Bucs won the contest 56-20 over the Quasars in the BEA gym.
BEA built up a commanding 29-5 lead in the first half, with the halftime score at the buzzer 32-7.
The domination continued in the second half with BEA leading 41-7 and 52-9 at different times.
The clock started to continuously run when their were nine minutes left in the game. It was started and stopped on the ref’s whistles again for the final two minutes.
The Quasars hit several 3-point shots late in the game to cut back on the Bucs’ large lead.
In fact, Southwest Star Concept made more 3-point shots in the game than either two’s or free throws.
The Quasars were 4 of 12 from 3-point range and just 3 of 27 (11 percent) from 2-point range. They made just 2 of 8 from the charity stripe.
The Bucs, meanwhile, were 21 of 40 from 2-point range (52 percent), 1 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc (20 percent) and 11 of 18 from the free-throw line (61 percent).
BEA was again led by the one-two punch of Camille Driscoll and Krista Hassing.
Driscoll rained in 23 points including making 11 of 18 from the floor. Hassing tossed in 20 points and added nine rebounds.
Courtney Grandgenett, Gretchen Klinkner and Kristine Volz each added four points to the Bucs’ tally.
BEA outrebounded SW Star Concept 38 to 20. The Bucs had 19 steals to the Quasars four and 18 turnovers to their 23.
BEA 58, St. James 28
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team was able to cruise to a 58-28 win over the St. James Saints on Friday night, Jan. 6 in the BEA gym.
The Bucs were able to gain a 35-point lead in the second half which kicked in having ‘running time’ on the clock, which was not stopped in the later part of the game.
The Bucs quickly jumped out to a big 9-0 lead and never looked back.
In the first half they built up the lead to 14-2, then 21-5, 27-7 and 35-9. At the halftime buzzer the Bucs were up 39-15.
BEA continued to dominate in the second half, again building on the lead until it reached a 37-point level at 56-18.
The Saints scored 10 points to BEA’s two in the final minutes of the game.
The Buccaneers were led by Camille Driscoll who scored 22 points including making 2 of 3 of her 3-point tries.
Krista Hassing added 12 points including going a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.
Sara Warmka added seven points, Kristine Volz six and Allie Curtis five.
The Bucs shot 45 percent from the field, 21 of 47. The team made 14 of 22 free throws for 64 percent.
The Saints made just 25 percent of their shots from the floor, 11 of 44. They were 50 percent from the line, making 4 of 8 free throws.
BEA had 31 rebounds to St. James’ 29, 14 steals to their nine and 15 turnovers to their 24.