Bucs down the Eagles, 51-31
The girls were 2-0 as they move from their regular season to post season play.
Most recently, the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team hosted Maple River last Tuesday.
The Bucs powered ahead from the start of the game to the end ending in a final score of 51-31.
The first half of the game ended with the maroon and gold 12 points ahead of the Eagles.
The opposing team tried to sneak closer to the Bucs, however, they could not seem to inch close enough. BEA?tallied 29 more points in the second half and only allowed Maple River 21 additional points.
“This was a good game to end the regular season,” coach Al Cue said. “We started slowly on offense, but got things going pretty well toward the end of the first half.”
The girls may have eased into their offensive play, but their defense was on point throughout both halves.
“Defensively, we were solid throughout the game,” Cue agreed.
The Bucs win against Maple River along with their victory last Friday during the Big South Conference crossover game bumped their overall record to 15-8.
The team has averaged a total of 41 points per game this season and have racked up a season total of 824 points scored.
Some of the BEA girls did their part to contribute to that total during the Maple River game.
Karli Olsen led the maroon and gold in scoring that night, racking up a total of 13 points. She scored 2 of 7 two-point shots, 2 of 7 behind the arc and was a near perfect 3 of 4 from the foul line.
Olsen also had two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Taylor Grandgenett brought in eight points for BEA?which came in the form of four 2-pointers.
She also had two steals and three assists.
Paige Darrington led the team in rebounds and brought in 11 of the team’s 35 rebounds.
Darrington also scored two 2-pointers and two foul shots contributing six points to BEA’s final score.
Kaitlyn Olsen and Annika Wilhelmi also scored six points each for the maroon and gold.
As a team, the Bucs had 35 rebounds, 11 steals and 11 assists. They also had 13 two-pointers, six 3-pointers and were 7 of 11 from the free-throw line.
The Buccaneers’ next game was held in Blue Earth on Friday, Feb. 27 when they played against Windom.
The game was played after the Register’s deadline and results will be featured in the next issue.
BEA 36, Pipestone 32
The Buccaneers played in the Big South Conference cross over game last Friday, Feb. 20 in Blue Earth.
The Buccaneers finished the night with a win. However, it was a close call.
The first half ended in just a two-point difference; luckily in BEA’s favor. The scoreboard read 17-15 after the first half.
The maroon and gold then scored an additional 19 points in the second half while Pipestone only managed another 17 points.
The final score came out with just a four point difference in BEA’s favor, 36-32.
“Once again, defense was the savior of the day,”?coach Al Cue said. “We shut Pipestone down pretty well. Even though our offense struggled, we were able to get this win because of defense.”
Paige Darrington may have only contributed two points to the Bucs total points, she was a force to be reckoned with under the hoop.
She led the way by grabbing 12 of the team’s 26 rebounds.
Contributing to BEA’s win was Karli Olsen scoring 9 points, Taylor Grandgenett with 8 points, Kaitlyn Olsen with 7 points and Caitlyn Rorman with 5 points.
The team had a total of 26 rebounds and 14 steals but had 18 turnovers.