Bucs defeat Giants
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team delivered a sound defeat to the visiting Le Sueur-Henderson Giants last Monday night.
The Bucs lead 26-19 at the end of the first half, but then completely shut down the Giants’ offense in the second half, limiting them to just nine points and coming away with a 54-28 victory.
The tough Buccaneer defense limited the Giants to just two field goals in the second half, no three point attempts, and five free-throws.
Meanwhile, the Bucs scored 28 points in the second half to go with their 26 in the first half.
The Bucs ended up with 11 different players hitting the scoring column in the game.
BEA was led by Sam Barslou who hit double figures with 12 points, including hitting both of the Bucs three point shots.
Taylor Grandgenett scored nine points for BEA, making all three of her shot attempts. Caitlin Rorman added seven points to the BEA tally, with Karli Olsen and Paige Darrington each accounting for five points.
Olsen led the team with four steals and Darrington tallied four rebounds for the maroon and gold.
As a team, the Buccaneers were 18 of 41 for two-point tries (44 percent), 2 of 11 from behind the arc (18 percent)and 12 of 29 from the charity stripe (41 percent).
The Giants were 8 of 23 (35 percent) from two-point range, 0 of 2 from the three-point line (0 percent) and 12 of 29 from the free-throw stripe (63 percent).
This week the Buccaneers play at Heron Lake-Okabena on Monday, then host the Jackson County Central Huskies on Thursday and the St. Peter Saints on Friday.
Fairmont 49, BEA 46
The Buccaneer girls lost a heartbreaker to their rivals the Fairmont Cardinals on Friday night, Jan. 22, in overtime, in Fairmont.
The Buccaneers dominated the Cards in the first half, 26-14, but Fairmont came back and scored 28 in the second half, to the Bucs’ 16, to tie up the game in regulation and send it to OT.
The Cardinals outscored the Buccaneers 7-4 in the overtime period and took the victory.
The key deciding factor in the game was free throws.
The Cards were 15 of 24 from the charity stripe, including going 5 of 7 during the overtime period.
The Bucs, meanwhile, were 7 of 9, with two of those coming during OT.
Otherwise, the Buccaneer girls actually outshot the Cardinals during the game, making one more two-point and one more three-point basket than the hosts.
BEA was 12 of 27 for two-pointers and 5 of 13 for threes, while Fairmont was 11 of 25 for two-pointers and 4 of 8 for threes.
Leading the Buccaneers were Sam Barslou and Caitlin Rorman who each scored 14 points. Barslou had four of the Bucs’ five three-pointers while Rorman shot the other trey.
Taylor Grandgenett had eight points for the maroon and gold and Sam Ripley added six.
Paige Darrington only had two points for the Bucs, but she grabbed 10 rebounds and had four steals.
As a team, the Bucs shot 43 percent from the floor, 78 percent from the free-throw line and committed 20 fouls and 18 turnovers.
The Cards shot 45 percent from the floor, 63 percent from the charity stripe and had 14 fouls and 15 turnovers.