Bucs are the champions
A tournament resulted in another two wins tallied for the Buccaneers who became the overall tournament champions last week.
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team traveled to Windom to participate in the Windom Area Tournament on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 where they were joined by three other teams.
Blue Earth Area matched up against Kerkhoven-Merdock-Sunburg and Martin Luther on Monda and Tuesday.
BEA 42, ML 40
The Buccaneers won the opening round of the Windom Area Tournament and advanced to take on Martin Luther to determine the overall winner.
“The girls worked very hard in the tournament, overcame the poor shooting and were able to come away as champions,” Coach Al Cue said.
The game was close in the beginning, ending the first half with just a three point difference. The Bucs stayed in the lead in the first half with a score of 18-15.
“We pulled away a bit in the second half and got ahead by as many as seven, but Martin Luther refused to go away and kept it close,” Cue said.
The final score was just a two-point difference, but that was all it took and the Bucs were able to celebrate the victory with a 42-40 win over the ML?Knights.
Karli Olsen scored six 2-point shots and one 3-pointer and two of two free-throws, tallying a total of 17 points. Olsen also had seven rebounds, five steals and one assist.
Taylor Grandgenett accounted for nine points which came in the form of four 2-pointers, and one free-throw shot. She also had five rebounds, two steals and three assists.
“Taylor and Karli were named to the All Tournament Team,” the Buc coach added.
The Bucs had a total of 37 rebounds in the game and 13 steals.
The KMS Fighting Saints and the Windom Eagles played in the second round of the tournament. KMS?took the win in that round with a score of 56-49.
BEA 40, KMS 26
The first round of the Windom Area Tournament pitted the Bucs against the KMS Fighting Saints.
The maroon and gold took a quick and easy lead against the opposing team, scoring 20 points to their 16 points in the first half of the game.
“After the holiday break, the girls had a tough time putting the ball in the basket,” Cue said. “They really put the clamps on KMS defensively, though.”
The Bucs stayed consistent in the second half solidifying their victory by scoring another 20 points and only allowing the Saints 10 more points.
The game ended in the Buccaneers’ favor, 40-26.
Kaitlyn Olsen led the maroon and gold by sinking a total of 14 points. She also had three steals.
Taylor Grandgenett also scored eight points and had eight assists, aiding the team to their win.
Samantha Barslou also scored eight points. Teammate Paige Darrington was quick under the basket and led the team in rebounds. She grabbed a total of 13 of them.
As a team, the Bucs made 14 of 52 shots from the field and were on point with their 9 of 14 free-throw shots.
As a first round winner, the Bucs advanced to take on the winner of the Martin Luther and Windom game.
ML?and Windom area faced off in the first round of the tournament. However, the ML?Knights pulled ahead by just six points to take the win from the Eagles, 57-51.
The Bucs’ tournament wins, bumps their overall record to five wins and one loss.
BEA will play again on Jan. 5 in Blue Earth against Heron Lake-Okabena and Jan. 6 in Blue Earth against St. Peter.