Bucs obliterate Saints on hardwood
Simply put, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers (6-6) had far too much height, length, and skill for the Saints of St. James to contend with last Thursday night.
After a few lethargic offensive possessions on their home floor to begin the game, the Bucs trailed the Saints 4-2 with 13:42 remaining in the first half. From that point on, BEA completely dominated the Saints in every phase of the game.
Buc junior forward Hannah Johnson started off the one-sided affair by going on her own personal 7-0 run. After draining a three pointer from the wing, and adding a pair of layups, the Saints immediately called a timeout. When play resumed after the stoppage, the route was on.
BEA’s Sofie Blair threw a well executed jump pass to Caitlin Rorman along the baseline which resulted in another three point field goal for the Bucs. With 11:11 remaining in the half, Rorman notched an assist of her own as she set up Grace Mensing for an elbow jumper.
After another Johnson three and a Lindsey Norman offensive rebound and put-back, the score was 19-4 in favor of the Bucs. If that wasn’t enough of a cushion for the Buccaneers, Rorman decided to go on her own personal 10-0 run.
With 3:32 remaining before the half, the Saints finally scored their next basket of the game to end the furious Bucs rally. However, the damage was already done as the Buccaneers had scored an astounding 36 consecutive points.
Despite the lopsided score, the Bucs refused to let complacency set in. After St. James stopped BEA’s massive run, a close range jumper by Blair extended the Bucs lead to 40-6. Another Norman layup soon followed, and the offensive fireworks continued for the maroon and gold.
After another Saints bucket, Johnson was at it again on the offensive end. With 2:10 remaining before the half, she dazzled the Blue Earth Area fans with a Euro step move in the lane that resulted in a three point play.
By halftime, the Bucs had amassed a whopping 51-11 lead. While Rorman led BEA in scoring with 21 first half points, Johnson was not far behind as she tallied 20 by the break.
With the game well in hand during the second half, Buccaneer head coach Al Cue decided to give extensive playing time to other members of the Bucs. The final field goal of the game was a three point bomb from Blue Earth Area fan favorite Ta Armstrong.
At game’s end, the Bucs were on the winning side of a 71-21 blowout. Afterwards, coach Cue briefly summarized his thoughts on his team’s performance.
“Sometimes when you’re relaxed, all the shots seem to go right in,” he said.