Hoopsters earn all-conference
Five Blue Earth Area Buccaneer basketball players were recently announced as making the All-Conference list for the South Central Conference.
On the SCC All-Conference girls basketball list was BEA’s Camille Driscoll and Krista Hassing. The Bucs Sara Warmka was on the Honorable Mention list.
For the boys team, Sam Lee and Dallas Barslou were named to All-Conference honors.
Lee, a senior, averaged 8.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game.
He finished his high school career as the No. 11 all-time career rebounder in BEA boys basketball history.
Lee was a two-time All-conference player and was a team captain this season.
“Sam is as positive of a leader as I have coached,” comments Buc head coach Gary Holmseth. “He makes the best of each day.”
For BEA junior Dallas Barslou, shooting 3-pointers became a specialty skill he honed this past season. He made 59 of 194 3-point attempts, for a 30 percent clip. He tied a BEA school record when he made seven 3-pointer baskets in a game against St. James this year.
Barslou also led the Bucs at the free-throw line. He made 78 of 106 attempts for a 74 percent completion rate.
The Buccaneer averaged 13.5 points per game.
“Dallas proves that major improvement from one year to the next comes as a result of hard work,” Coach Holmseth says.
On the girls team, Driscoll scored 444 points for the Bucs, averaging just over 17 per game.
She shot field goals at a 42 percent rate and was a 67 percent free-throw shooter.
Driscoll also had 29 assists, 151 rebounds and 88 steals for BEA this year.
“Camille had an outstanding year,” says Buc head coach Al Cue. “She led us in most offensive categories. Her hard work throughout the years has really paid off.”
Cue says the team will miss the senior stand-out next season, but, he is happy that she plans to continue playing ball in college.
Hassing, a junior, scored 382 points for the Bucs for a 14.7 points per game average.
She also shot free-throws at a 67 percent rate and made 141 of them a new all-time BEA record.
Hassing was also a leader in rebounds with 204 and had 56 assists and 84 steals.
“Krista really stepped up her game this season,” Cue comments. “She was a force on offense and a tormentor on defense and on the boards.”
Cue says Hassing’s arm length gave many opponents problems on both ends of the floor.
“She is a very athletic young lady who does most things well on the basketball court,” Cue adds. “She will really be our leader next season.”
Warmka, a senior, was the Buccaneers’ floor leader.
She had 120 total points for a 4.8 points per game average. But, she also had 64 assists, 71 rebounds and 67 steals.
“Sara was an outstanding leader for us on the floor this year,” Cue says. “She did nearly all of our ball handling and rarely turned the ball over.”
He says Warmka had nearly four steals and assists for every turnover.
“People that know basketball know how important that is,” Cue explains. “Sara also played great defense, usually on one of the opponents’ best players. We will definitely miss her next year.”