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Buccaneer girls are on a roll

By Staff | Feb 14, 2016

BEA’s Paige Darrington crashes into a Luverne Cardinal defender on her way to scoring two of her game high 14 points last Tuesday night.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team is definitely on a roll. And their 12-7 record shows it.

Last Tuesday the girls hosted the Luverne Cardinals and had little trouble dispatching their opponents and claiming a 49-21 victory on their home court.

BEA’s defense once again stepped up and held Luverne to just 11 points in the first half and only 10 in the second.

The Bucs, meanwhile, scored 29 in the first half and another 20 in the second stanza.

Leading the way for BEA was Paige Darrington who had a game-high 14 points as well as five rebounds and six steals and a blocked shot.

Paige Darrington making another shot at the basket.

Karli Olsen added 10 points to the Bucs’ total and Caitlin Rorman had nine.

A total of eight players hit the scoring column for BEA.

Overall the Buccaneers shot 19 of 52 from the floor including three 3-pointers, for a 36 percent rate.

BEA also was 8 of 15 (39 percent) from the free-throw line.

Luverne was 8 of 40 from the floor and 4 of 7 from the charity stripe.

The Buccaneers also had 35 rebounds to the Cards 28, and 14 steals to their four.

BEA also racked up nine assists with Taylor Grandgenett accounting for four of those to go along with her five points.

BEA 54, St. Peter 47

It was quite the basketball contest when the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls hosted the Saints from St. Peter in the BEA gym on Friday night, Feb. 5.

“The game was close all the way,” says Buccaneer head coach Al Cue. “But the girls made great decisions late in the game and made their free throws to seal the win.”

BEA came out on top of the close game, 54-47.

There were several keys to the game and the Buc girls big win.

Free throws. The Bucs were able to go to the line 32 times, thanks to 23 fouls committed by the Saints.

And, the BEA girls sank 23 of those shots for a 71.88 percent completion rate.

Those points were needed to counteract the barrage of three-pointers made by the Saints they were 7 out of 24 attempts from behind the arc, accounting for 21 of their points.

Defense. Once again the swarming and unrelenting Buccaneer defense took its toll on the Saints. For instance, BEA limited St. Peter to just 12 points in the first half.

Rebounding. The Buccaneers grabbed 37 rebounds to 29 for the Saints, and BEA limited their opponents to just 8 offensive rebounds in the game.

Paige Darrington led BEA on the boards with nine grabs, while Caitlin Rorman and Karli Olsen had six each.

Poise. Every time the Saints scored points to either get close or tie the game, the Buccaneers responded with a flurry of points themselves.

Offensive barrage. BEA was led by Rorman who poured in 17 points, including the Bucs’ only three-pointer.

Olsen, Darrington and Taylor Grandgenett tied for second for team point production with nine each.