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Girls struggle at home vs. Waseca

By Staff | Dec 24, 2017

Blue Earth Area junior Hannah Johnson looks to make a play against the swarming Waseca defense on Tuesday, Dec. 19. She ended the evening with 11 points.

It was tough sledding for the girls from Blue Earth Area last Tuesday evening. In front of their home audience, the Buccaneers struggled to make any traction against the pressure defense of the Waseca Bluejays.

Waseca got off to a fast start by pressuring Buc ball handlers early in the first half. By the time intermission came around, the Buccaneers found themselves facing a 32-12 deficit they could not dig their way out of.

Bucs head coach Al Cue encouraged his team to show more determination in the second half. A more competitive and evenly matched period of basketball, Waseca only outscored BEA 26-23 the rest of the way. This resulted in a 58-35 defeat at the hands of the Bluejays.

For the game, Waseca had a total of 19 more field goal attempts (54) than Blue Earth Area (35). With 21 turnovers in the game, BEA was unable to keep up with Waseca’s shooting pace. Hannah Johnson led the Bucs with 11 points while Caitlin Rorman added 10 points of her own in a losing effort for the Bucs.

In a late game Thursday evening, Blue Earth Area went on the road and battled the elements for a rematch against the Eagles of Maple River. Results from this game will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

BEA 58,

Maple River 53

It was the Caitlin Rorman show at the Maple River Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 16. The sharpshooting junior could do no wrong as she poured in a career-high 35 points while connecting on 12 of 21 shots from the field. This included four makes on six shot attempts from downtown.

In addition to her efficiency from the field, Rorman connected on seven of eight free throws in the contest. With Rorman leading the way for the Bucs offense, BEA’s 41.9 field goal percentage was too much for Maple River to overcome. Hannah Johnson also made her presence felt with consistent play in all phases of the game. She was BEA’s next highest point producer in the game with eight.

Winona Cotter 59,

BEA 45

Even though Buccaneers shot a higher percentage from the field (46.5), and a higher percentage from the foul line (80), Winona Cotter was still able to get the best of Blue Earth Area on Friday, Dec. 15 at the Maple River Invitational.

Winona Cotter’s ability to draw fouls and get to the charity stripe more frequently resulted in 13 of 19 made shots from the line. Additionally, Winona Cotter went wild from beyond the arch, connecting on eight of 17 shots from downtown.

Caitlin Rorman and Hannah Johnson did there best to keep the Buccaneers in the game. The duo accounted for 35 of BEA’s 45 points.