Bucs hold off Giants, but fall to Bluejays
The Buccaneers, losers of three of their last four games, bounced back behind a career game from Jenna Stevermer.
The senior forward posted a career high 25 points and added seven rebounds on a night where the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team defeated Le Sueur-Henderson 59-47 on Feb. 3 in Blue Earth.
Junior guard Kaitlyn Olson also was a big factor in the Bucs seventh victory of the season. She had 16 points and controlled the flow of the Buccaneer offense.
“Jenna was big for us and Kaitlyn also had a very good all-around game,” coach Al Cue says.
The Giants jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage in the game’s first four minutes.
The maroon and gold could not get anything to fall early; the girls missed their first seven field goal attempts.
Olson scored the first BEA points by nailing a contested three-pointer from the right wing with 13:47 remaining in the first half.
She produced the spark the Bucs needed by scoring the first seven points of the game.
After Giants guard Carlie Brandt put in another three-pointer, the visitors added to their five-point lead with 8:25 remaining in the half.
BEA then produced a 7-0 run, which was capped off by a Stevermer three.
Stevermer ended the half by scoring nine of the last 11 Buccaneer points.
Three consecutive baseline jumpers resulted in the Bucs clinging on to a one-point lead at halftime.
In the second half, back-to-back three-pointers by Olson and Stevermer gave the home team a seven point edge, 32-25.
Olson then stole a pass from half court and scored easily on the other end with 6:31 remaining.
On the next possession, Stevermer hits another three to put the Bucs up 47-36.
After clawing back from a double digit deficit, the Giants got as close as four, but never regained their early lead.
Sophomore guard Taylor Grandgenett sealed the victory with clutch free throws down the stretch for BEA.
Brandt led the Giants with 15 points.
This game was pretty close throughout,” Cue explains. “We managed a bit of a lead late and played pretty smart in the last few minutes.”
Waseca 55, BEA 40
BEA couldn’t keep up the defensive intensity and fell to the Bluejays 55-40 in Waseca on Jan. 31, for their third loss in as many games.
The Buccaneers were held to 17 first half points and shot 1 of 7 from behind the arc.
No Buccaneer players scored in double figures, but Jenna Stevermer led the way with nine points.
“The girls started the game very well. Late in the first half it was a tie game,” head coach Al Cue says. “Unfortunately, we didn’t finish the first half or start the second half very well.”
The Bluejays also struggled in the first half only converting 8 of 28 shot attempts.
Waseca started to distance themselves from the Bucs in the second half.
Bluejays center Kirstin Simmons picked up her share of boards in the post and finished the game scoring 13 points, as Waseca’s offense roared back to life in the second stanza.
Junior Mikayla Rolling scored 18 points to lead the Bluejays and really set the tone from the three-point line, making three from long distance.
“Waseca was able to build a comfortable lead. The girls played with good energy, but turned the ball over too much and also sent Waseca to the free throw line too often,” Cue explains.”