Two Bucs named to Big South All-Conference
Two of Blue Earth Area’s girls basketball players were recently honored when they were named to the Big South Conference East Division All-Conference Team. Paige Darrington and Taylor Grandgenett were both named as all-conference players.
And, in addition, the entire team received a state award when they were named as the Class AA All-State Academic Team.
In fact, the Buccaneers had the highest team grade point average (GPA) out of all 125 schools in Class AA. Their team GPA was an amazing 3.881.
In addition, senior Signe Olson was named as part of the Academic All-State Team for her academic success.
Here is a closer look at BEA’s two all-conference selectees.
Grandgenett, a 5-foot-7 junior guard, scored 213 points for the Buccaneers this past season, averaging 8.2 per game.
She was a 32 percent shooter from the field, hitting 68 of her 212 shots.
In addition, she made 77 of her 114 free throw attempts, for a 68 percent rate. Those 77 free throws put her 11th on the list of all time BEA most free throws in a season.
Grandgenett also grabbed 79 rebounds (three per game), had 58 steals (2.2 per game) and had 86 assists (3.3 per game).
For her career, she has scored 410 points and had 207 rebounds, 166 steals (15th on the BEA all-time list) and 160 assists (13th on the BEA all-time list).
“Taylor does a great job of running our team and she is our go-to person on the floor when it comes to handling the ball,” says Buccaneer girls coach Al Cue. “She is also receptive to coaching and always gives her best effort.”
Cue comments that Grandgenett has worked her way into the all time Buccaneer record book in a couple of categories and still has another year to play for the maroon and gold.
Darrington averaged 6.2 points per game for a season total of 162. She was a 31 percent shooter from the field, hitting 48 of 155 shots, and made 51 of 94 free throws for a 54 percent clip.
The 5-foot-8 junior forward was also an outstanding rebounder for the Buccaneers. In fact, her 261 rebounds (an average of 10 per game) tops the BEA all-time top number of rebounds in a single season.
In her career, she has had 439 rebounds which puts her ninth on the BEA all-time list.
Darrington also had 45 steals (1.7 per game) and 34 assists (1.3 per game).
In her career she has scored 358 points, made 78 steals and had 57 assists.
“Paige does an excellent job for our team,” coach Cue says. “She always ends up guarding the tallest girl on the other team and defends them very well.”
Cue also recognized Darrington’s rebounding abilities.
“She has a knack for rebounding the basketball,” he says. “She always seems to be where the ball comes off the rim. She set the all time record for rebounds in a season this year, and is in the top 15 for career rebounds and she also still has another season to go.”
Cue says both Grandgenett and Darrington are great girls to work with and are very coachable.
“They are also both outstanding students,” he adds. “As are all of the girls on the Buccaneer team. It is a pleasure to be their coach.”