BEA girls defeat GHEC at tourney
The Buccaneer girls basketball team (5-5) started off the 24th annual Blue Earth Area Holiday Basketball Tournament with a bang on Thursday, Dec. 28. The varsity girls cruised to a 60-39 win over the Granada Huntley East Chain-Truman-Martin Luther Jaguars (0-7).
About seven minutes into the ballgame, the Jaguars actually held a 12-7 advantage over the Bucs. That is when the BEA offense got down to business.
A three pointer from the baseline by Hannah Johnson, followed by two free throw makes from Caitlin Rorman tied up the game at 12. The Jaguars briefly regained a 14-12 before another three point bomb by Johnson made the score 15-14 in favor of the Bucs. Following this score, the maroon and gold would maintain the lead for the rest of the contest.
The dynamic offensive duo of Rorman and Johnson was a constant theme throughout the game for the Bucs. With too much firepower for GHEC/T/ML to deal with, Johnson’s outside shooting touch produced 21 points on the evening. Meanwhile, Rorman’s ability to slash to the basket led to multiple scoring opportunities in the paint. When all was said and done, Rorman ended with a game high 26 points.
Great teamwork from other Bucs also led to the win. Senior Grace Mensing found fellow senior Lindsey Norman along the wing for a quick jumper to make the score 17-14 with 7:38 to go in the first half. Moments later, Norman’s slick inside feed to Johnson led to a pair of made free throws for the Bucs.
Senior Sofie Blair also helped with the Bucs ball movement as a give-and-go feed to Mensing led to another Bucs layup with 5:28 remaining in the first half.
Led by BEA head coach Al Cue, the girls from Blue Earth closed out the first half with stellar execution. With time winding down, Mensing received a pass from Johnson and buried a baseline jumper in the final seconds before the break. This gave the Buccaneers a 36-24 advantage heading into the locker room.
Early in the second half, a Rorman layup gave the Bucs a 41-29 lead. However, this was no ordinary hoop for the Bucs leading scorer. With 14:55 remaining, the game was momentarily paused as the BEA home crowd congratulated Rorman on her 1,000th career point.
On Friday, Dec. 29, Blue Earth Area competed against Jackson County Central in the championship game of the tournament. Results from this contest will appear in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.