Bucs defeat Rebels, 52-45
As expected, it was a match up of height against speed during the girls basketball game last Tuesday.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team hosted cross-county rivals, the United South Central Rebels.
The teams showed evenly matched skill right off the bat and they remained neck and neck up until the very end. The Bucs ultimately took the win with a score of 52-45.
The first half went to the Rebels as a result of their three-point shots and quick rebounds after Buc shots.
“BEA had a tough first half,”?coach Al Cue said. “We shot the ball poorly and played like a typical first game lots of mistakes.”
They went into half time with USC?leading 31-22. But, the Bucs did not end the first half without a fight.
Anne Franta made a break with the ball at the end of the first half just before time ran out on the clock.
She ran the ball down the court untouched by opponents and scored two points to bump up the Bucs score and end the first half just nine points behind.
As Cue said when the season started, “they are all good athletes and they will rely on their quickness.”
In the second half of the game, the Lady Bucs seemed to find their momentum and blasted into the lead within the first few minutes of play.
“The second half was much better,”?Cue said. “They played excellent defense and shot well in the second half.”
As the Rebels made a couple of easy three-point shots in the first half, the Bucs were able to do the same in the second half.
“They made four three-pointers in the second half,”?Cue added.
The Rebels fell behind and continued to rack up turnovers against the maroon and gold. USC ended up with a total of 32 turnovers in the game.
The game ended in the Bucs favor with a score of 52-45, putting a tally in the win column for the Buccaneer’s first game of the season.
“It was a great come-from-behind win for a first game,” the Buc coach said.
There were a few standout Buc players for the first game, leading as far as stats.
Kaitlyn Olsen scored a total of 18 points and had four steals.
Paige Darrington accounted for 12 Buc points and got in the mix of things by grabbing six rebounds.
Karli Olsen racked up 11 points for BEA and had four steals.
Anne Franta led the maroon and gold with an impressive seven steals.
The Bucs played against New Ulm on Friday, however, that was after the Faribault County Register’s deadline and results will be featured in the next issue.