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Buc girls advance in Section bracket

By Staff | Mar 9, 2015

The girls are moving on.

The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team defeated the No. 6 seeded Windom Area Eagles in the first round of the Section 3AA tournament last Friday.

The maroon and gold’s 48-43 victory over the Eagles means BEA will advance to the next round where they will play against Martin County West in Windom.

The BEA and MCW game?was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 3; however, due to weather the game was rescheduled for Friday, March 6.

The No. 3-seeded Bucs may have defeated the Eagles, but they worked hard to take the final 5-point lead by the end of the game.

The first half of the game ended with just a two point difference between the teams, with the scoreboard reading 18-16 in the Buccaneers’ favor.

They continued to work hard against the opposing team during the remainder of the game. But, again that half of the game ended with the Bucs scoring just three additional points over the Eagles.

BEA?racked up 30 points in the second half while Windom was only able to score 27 points.

“The girls won this game the same way they have won a lot of games this year, they continued playing hard when things were not going well and finally got it going,” Buc coach Al Cue said.

A number of Buc players contributed to the win, both offensively and defensively. However, there were a couple standout players during the first game of the Section 3AA tournament.

Karli Olsen paved the way for the Bucs in scoring. She sank three shots from behind the arc, three 2-pointers and one free throw for a total of 16 points.

Olsen also had four rebounds, three steals and one assist.

Taylor Grandgenett brought in seven points for the maroon and gold in the form of three 2-pointers and one from the free throw line. Three players, Kaitlyn Olsen, Ann Franta and Paige Darrington scored six points each, adding to the Bucs’ final total of 48 points scored.

“Our shooting was off until the middle of the second half,” Cue explains. “Finally, a few shots fell and we were able to muster enough points for the victory.”

Darrington racked up an impressive 13 rebounds during the matchup against the Eagles. She also had two steals and two assists.

Grandgennet had 10 of the Bucs’ 17 assists and also had three rebounds and two steals.

Shayna Stevermer scored four points for the Bucs and had four rebounds, three steals and one assist.

The Bucs had a team total of 35 rebounds, 15 steals and 17 assists.

However, they did tally 13 turnovers as a team.

The Bucs played MCW on Friday, however, that game took place after the Faribault County Register’s deadline and results will be featured in the next issue.

MCW had advanced to the second round by defeating Luverne by a score of 45-28. MCW?was the No. 2-seeded team in the southern portion of the section.

The winner of the BEA and MCW?game will advance to take on the winner of the Fairmont and Jackson County Central game which also took place in Windom on Friday.

Fairmont is seeded No. 1 in the southern half of the section while Jackson County Central is the No. 5 seeded team.