Pressing D helps bury the Giants
Right from the opening tip on Monday, Feb. 5, the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team completely overwhelmed LeSueur-Henderson.
Buccaneer head coach Al Cue implemented an aggressive, trapping style of defense that forced several early turnovers by the Giants. As a result, the Bucs quickly set the tone of the game by getting off to a 12-0 advantage in front of their home fans.
By game’s end, the Bucs notched a whopping 20 steals on the evening. BEA’s pressuring defense set up numerous easy baskets in transition, as well as open looks from the perimeter.
The maroon and gold had amassed a comfortable 43-16 lead by intermission. It was more of the same in the second half as the Bucs outscored the Giants 34-17 in the final period.
Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman scored a game high 31 points on only 14 field goal attempts in the ballgame. Meanwhile, teammate Hannah Johnson accounted for 17 points of her own, as well as a spirited effort on the boards, collecting 13 rebounds. This marked Johnson’s third double-double of the season.
Senior Lindsey Norman also was a contributor for the BEA offense. In the first half, she made an impact in the pain, drawing several fouls. Norman ended the game with eight points while converting on four of her five field goal attempts.
For the game, Blue Earth Area shot 47.5 percent from the field compared to just 21.3 percent for LeSueur-Henderson. The Bucs also shot well from the charity stripe, converting on 18 of 24 foul shots.
Now 10-11 on the year, the girls from Blue Earth Area traveled to St. James for a showdown with the Saints on Friday, Feb. 9. Results from this game will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.
St. Peter 65, BEA 56
Coming into the Feb. 3 ballgame against Blue Earth Area, St. Peter had won six consecutive games, including a previous win over the Bucs on Jan. 9.
In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Buccaneers utilized their trademark intensity and hustle to keep things close in the first half. By intermission, the Bucs trailed by a score of 31-29. However, costly turnovers and empty possession plagued the Bucs in the second half.
Despite a healthy 16 rebound advantage in the game, BEA turned the ball over 18 times; twice as many turnovers as St. Peter. Cold shooting from the outside also contributed to the loss as BEA shot just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc.
Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman led all scorers with 17 points, but also committed eight turnovers in the game. Hannah Johnson finished with 13 points and seven boards, and Grace Mensing contributed nine points and one assist.