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Bucs fall to MCW 48-43

By Staff | Mar 15, 2015

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team’s season came to a close during the second round of the southern division of the Section 3AA tournament.

They fought hard to win, however, the opposing Martin County West girls claimed the victory by just five points.

“The team played much better in this game than in our first meeting,” BEA?coach Al Cue said. “This time we competed well.”

The beginning of the game was very closely matched. But, MCW snuck ahead by two points and stayed there when the half ended. BEA?trailed 18-16 at halftime.

“The first half, we shot the ball pretty well and stayed close,” Cue added.

However, it was during the second half when the opposing team started to really pull ahead.

“Unfortunately, we really struggled shooting the ball in the second half. Even though we defended better in the second half, we were not able to overcome our inability to score,” he said.

During the second half of the game, the Bucs racked up another 27 points; MCW scored 30.

That ended the game at 48-43.

The maroon and gold grabbed a total of 33 rebounds, 11 steals and had eight assists. However, they committed 18 turnovers, higher than usual for the Buccaneers.

BEA were accurate with their free-throw shots, sinking a successful 8 of 10.

However, they were not as accurate from the field, sinking 8 of 29 from the two-point area and 4 for 22 from behind the arc.

Kaitlyn Olsen led the way in scoring, tallying a total of 12 points. She scored one 2-pointer, one free throw and sank three of the Bucs’ four shots from the 3-point line.

Olsen also had four rebounds, one steal and two assists.

Karli Olsen sank two 2-pointers, one 3-pointer and one free throw for a total of eight points.

She also had four rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Taylor Grandgenett scored six points for the Bucs. She was 2 for 8 with 2-pointers and was a perfect 2 for 2 with foul shots.

Paige Darrington grabbed eight rebounds for the Bucs. She also had three steals, two assists and scored four points.

The loss ended the season for BEA, but looking back coach Cue feels the girls had a good season.

“The season was a lot of fun. This was a great group of girls to work with,” he says.

The Buc girls ended their season with an overall record of 17-9. Their conference record ended in a perfect 5-5 split.

They scored a season total of 931 points, grabbed 507 rebounds, 256 steals and 233 assists.

The top scorer for the season was Karli Olsen who racked up a season total of 240 points.

Paige Darrington grabbed 261 of the teams 507 rebounds for the season. She also scored a total of 162 points this year.

“The seniors, Kaitlyn, Signe and Mariah will be greatly missed,” Cue adds.