BEA defeats the Saints
After winning their last regular conference game, they just could not muster a win during their non-conference game last Tuesday.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers traveled to take on Martin County West, where they were defeated by more than 30 points.
The maroon and gold racked up 19 points in the first half, but the opposing team managed to score 39 points; leaving the Bucs trailing by 20 points by the end of the first half.
The second half did not provide much more success for the Bucs as they brought in just 17 more points compared to MCW’s 30.
The game ended in a BEA?loss by a score of 69-36.
“This was a very rough game for us. MCW outplayed us in every phase of the game,” Buc coach Al Cue said. “They were ready to play and we weren’t.”
The Bucs had a total of 23 turnovers during the game, which probably did not help the outcome of the game. However, they did have a total of 35 rebounds, 15 steals and eight assists.
Karli Olsen has been on top of her game this week, and she again led the team in scoring. She brought in a total of 11 points. She scored 4 of 6 two-pointers and 1 of 3 three-pointers.
Olsen also had four rebounds and one steal.
Shayna Stevermer led the team in rebounds, grabbing seven of the team’s 35.
Taylor Grandgenett scored six points and had six rebounds. Annika Wilhelmi scored five points and had two rebounds.
Paige Darrington scored four points, had five rebounds, six steals, and one assist.
“The game just got away from us early and snowballed from there,” Cue said.
The girls played again on Friday, Feb. 20 at home against Pipestone. However, that game took place after the Faribault County Register deadline and results from that game will be featured in the next issue.
“Hopefully, our loss against MCW will be a learning opportunity for the girls to take into the post-season,” Cue added.
The Buccaneers will begin Subsection play on Friday, Feb. 27.
Friday the 13th didn’t seem to hold back the Buccaneers during their matchup against St. James.
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team hosted the Saints last Friday and defeated the visitors 53-31.
This game was the final conference game of the regular season, making it another Big South Conference victory for the maroon and gold.
“It was a nice way to finish the conference schedule,”?Buc coach Al Cue said.
The Bucs seemed to have the win in the bag right off the bat. They pulled ahead during the first half with a score of 25-13 when the first buzzer sounded.
They stayed consistent during the bottom half of the game, bringing in another 28 points and allowing their teammates to only score another 18 points.
“The girls played very well in this game,” Cue added. “Outside of a few defensive breakdowns very early in the game, we were pretty good on both ends of the floor.”
Karli Olsen racked up an impressive 18 points and helped lead the Bucs to their victory over the Saints. She was 6 for 10 from the 2-point line and 2 for 10 from behind the arc.
Olsen also had eight rebounds, two steals and three assists.
Teammate Paige Darrington wasn’t too far behind, scoring 12 points for BEA. She was 5 for 10 from the field and 2 for 4 from the free-throw line.
Darrington also grabbed an impressive 13 rebounds and had one steal and one assist.
As a team, the maroon and gold had a total of 39 rebounds. Aside from Darrington and Olsen, Shayna Stevermer and Kaitlyn Olsen contributed a good amount of rebounds to the game total.
The Bucs were 18 of 38 for 2-point shots, 4 of 19 for 3-pointers and 5 of 12 from the foul line.
The Bucs also had 10 steals and 17 assists, but had 18 turnovers.