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Bucs fall to Huskies and Saints

By Staff | Feb 16, 2014

The Buccaneers couldn’t take advantage of a season-high 24 points, 14 rebounds and four steals from Kaitlyn Olsen as they fell to Jackson County Central, 57-52, last Tuesday night in Blue Earth.

Olsen scored eight of the first 12 points for the Bucs (7-11, 2-7 SCC), including two three-pointers.

Despite shooting 9 of 38 from the field in the first half, BEA cut the Huskies lead to one, 26-25 going into halftime.

The maroon and gold struggled in the first eight minutes of the second half. The team only put up seven points and went through a five minute span of not scoring.

Meanwhile, Huskies forward Kaylee Burmeister scored seven consecutive points for the visitors, who took a 39-30 lead with 10:21 remaining in the game.

The Buccaneers couldn’t contain Burmeister, who put up 23 points.

Olsen scored on a turnaround, which brought the Bucs within six points of the lead with 4:35 left.

However, that would be her last basket because Olsen fouled out of the game on a reach-in foul.

BEA wouldn’t get any closer as Burmeister sank 6 of 8 free throws to put the Huskies up for good in the last minute of the game.

Senior Jenna Stevermer struggled from the field, shooting 2 of 15; she finished with eight points.

Grandgenett contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

“We played OK overall in this game, but had a scoring drought in the second half that allowed JCC to get a lead,” coach Al Cue says. “We battled back, but couldn’t catch them.”

St. Peter 60, BEA 33

It might as well have been a rerun for the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team on Feb. 7 in Blue Earth when they faced St. Peter for the second time this season.

On Jan. 3, the Bucs fell to the Saints 57-31.

The second time around, the Buccaneers were held to only 19 first half points and 14 second half points as they fell to the Saints, 60-33.

BEA ended the game by shooting a total of 12 of 68 from the floor (18 percent).

“Not a good game for us. We are capable of playing so much better,” coach Al Cue says. “Both games this year against St. Peter have been tough ones. They defended well, plus we didn’t shoot it well.”

Leading the way for the maroon and gold was junior guard Kaitlyn Olsen with 10 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Grandgenett chipped in seven points, six rebounds and two steals.

The Saints shot the ball very well shooting 46 percent. St. Peter also was 15 of 18 from the free throw line.

Twelve St. Peter players scored and were led by Sidney Welp and Logan Retzlaff who each scored 13 points.

“The girls worked very hard, but had a difficult time getting anything going,” Cue adds.