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Buccaneers defeat Cardinals and Eagles

By Staff | Feb 28, 2016

BEA’s Paige Darrington crashes through the Maple River defense to score two points last Thursday night. The Bucs and Eagles were set to meet again in Sub-Section action on Saturday.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team traveled to Mapleton last Thursday night to take on the Maple River Eagles.

The Bucs won handily, never trailing in the contest.

Then just two days later, this Saturday, Feb. 27, the Bucs will enter Section 2AA, South Sub-Section Tournament action on Saturday night.

Their opponent? These same Eagles from Maple River. Only this time the game is set to be played on the BEA gym floor.

The game was played after the deadline for this issue of the Faribault County Register and results and photos will be in the next edition.

Taylor Grandgenett fights off the Maple River defender to get off a shot last Thursday night.

The BEA girls enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed, and Maple River comes in as the No. 6 seed.

The game was scheduled to be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

The Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinals will be held this week, on Thursday, March 3, at Mankato East High School, at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

If the Bucs play on Saturday like they did last Thursday, they should make it to the semifinals.

BEA cruised past Maple River on Thursday in Mapleton, winning 52-39. The Buccaneers lead through the whole game, from start to finish.

The speedy Buccaneers took control of the game despite the Eagles being a taller team.

The Bucs had some scoring bursts in the first half to build up a substantial lead, but the Eagles kept trying to catch back up.

In the second half BEA took total control, and had an overwhelming lead. The Buccaneer reserves came in for about five minutes of action at the end of the game.

Leading the way for scoring were Paige Darrington and Caitlin Rorman, although exact stats were not available at the time this edition of the Register went to press.

BEA 54, RWV 34

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team cruised past the Redwood Valley Cardinals during a Big South Conference crossover game held on Friday night, Feb. 19 in Redwood Falls.

The Bucs came home with a 20-point victory, winning the game 54-34.

“This was a very good game for BEA,” Buccaneer coach Al Cue says. “The girls played great defense and really bothered Redwood. They also took care of the ball and didn’t turn it over much.”

The stats back up the coach’s comments.

The Bucs had 17 steals to the Cards’ three. And Redwood Valley had 30 turnovers to just 12 for BEA.

The maroon and gold also excelled getting 13 points off those turnovers, and also had 38 points in the paint.

Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Taylor Grandgenett with 13 points, as well as four assists and two steals.

Paige Darrington was right behind, as she scored 12 points for the third game in a row. She also nabbed eight rebounds, had two deflections, four steals and a blocked shot.

Both Samantha Barslou and Caitlin Rorman had nine points each. Barslou also had eight rebounds, while Rorman also had eight boards, as well as three deflections and three steals. Shayna Stevermer added four points and five rebounds, while Anikka Wilhelmi had three points and Samantha Ripley and Karli Olsen each added two.

Anne Franta did not crack the scoring column, but she led the team with five steals and also had four assists.

BEA was 22 of 64 from two-point range, while Redwood Valley was 10 of 35.

The Bucs were 3 of 13 from behind the three-point arc, while the Cards were 1 of 7.

Redwood was better at the free-throw line, hitting 13 of 16 or 81 percent. BEA made 7 of 18 for 39 percent.