Defense sparks 2-0 weekend
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team recorded their first win of the season last Friday, Dec. 6, by defeating the Eagles, 54-51.
The maroon and gold were led by Paige Darrington who had 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Also contributing was Kaitlyn Olsen. She posted 14 points and eight rebounds.
As a team the Buccaneers played scrappy defense taking the ball away from the Eagles 21 times. Five players had at least three steals; Jenna Stevermer led the way with five.
BEA took a slight four- point advantage into halftime, 24-20.
“The girls played with a lot of energy for most of this game,” coach Al Cue says. “We really applied good full-court pressure and forced many turnovers at times.”
The Eagles attempted 26 shots from behind the arc, connecting on seven of them. Overall, the visitors only shot 30 percent from the field.
BEA continued to play consistent basketball and force turnovers in the second half.
New Ulm outscored BEA 31-30 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Bucs registered their first win of the season.
“Unfortunately, we lost our focus a bit and they hit a few shots and made a run at us,” Cue explains. “They battled all the way to end and made a couple of shots when we really needed them so we could pull out the victory.”
BEA vs. LCWM
The BEA girls basketball team finished off the weekend with a perfect 2-0 by defeating Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 51-29.
The Bucs only surrendered 11 total points to the Knights in the first half and kept their opponents winless on the season.
“Once again, we were able to force them into many turnovers and some easy transition baskets,” Cue explains.
Jenna Stevermer was the only Buccaneer in double figures. She led the way with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Paige Darrington chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and five steals.
As a team, the maroon and gold brought their defensive momentum that carried over from the previous night. BEA registered 31 total steals and forced 42 Knight turnovers. Five BEA girls had three or more steals.
Kaitlyn Olsen had a team-high nine swipes. In the Buc’s first three games team-high nine swipes. In the Buc’s first three games of the year, Olsen is averaging five steals per contest.
The win was a total team effort, according to head coach Al Cue.
“Many girls contributed to the outcome,” Cue says. “Others contributed with rebounds, assists or defensive intensity. We were able to build a big lead in the second half and everyone was even able to play in the game.”
Eleven different Bucs scored.
The score going into halftime was 30-11. Pressure defense and taking advantage of the Knights’ turnovers propelled such a large halftime lead for the Buccaneers.
Meleah Reinhart led the Knights with 13 points and Taylor Bolduan added 12 points.
BEA improved to 2-1 on the season. The Buccaneers played host to the Fairmont Cardinals last Friday. On Dec. 19, the maroon and gold will host Waseca at 7:30 p.m. Those games were played after the Faribault County Register deadline. Game results will be included in the next Register.