Girls victorious against St. James
Blue Earth Area dominated the first half of their girls’ basketball game at St. James last Thursday night, leading to a 41-4 Buccaneer advantage at halftime. The Bucs were able to play many reserves in the second half on their way to a 56-13 victory over the Saints.
St. James was limited to just 10 field goal attempts in the first half, making only one. BEA forced the Saints to commit 14 turnovers in the first half.
Meanwhile the Bucs were on fire scorching the nets at a 63 percent clip by making 14 of 21 2-point attempts and three of six 3-point shots.
BEA wasted no time taking control of the game, scoring the first 13 points of the contest. Caitlin Rorman and Hannah Johnson combined to record the first 20 points for the Bucs.
Good ball movement led to Rorman being open for the first score of the game. Johnson stole the ball on the Saints’ nest possession and drove to the bucket for a layup. Rorman added another easy bucket, which was followed by one of Johnson’s two 3-pointers for the night. Rorman scored the next bucket on an assist from Ta Armstrong, then made a steal at half court leading to a layup giving the Buccaneers a 13-0 lead just over six minutes into the first half.
The Saints made their only field goal of the first half to make the score 13-2 in favor of the Bucs.
BEA went on to score 22 unanswered points to take a commanding 35-2 lead. St. James made two free throws with 3:38 left in the opening half putting the score at 35-4 in favor of the Bucs. BEA closed out the half scoring the last six points giving them a 37- point cushion.
There was no slowing the Bucs down as the second half got underway. Lay ups by Johnson and Callie Stevermer got things started. Rorman then converted a traditional 3-point play. The senior forward grabbed a defensive rebound on the Saint’s nest possession and went coast-to-coast for an easy layup. Arika Howard connected on a drive to the basket to give the Bucs a 48-point lead at 52-4 with 12:55 left in the game.
The Bucs slowed their pace and removed their starters from the game. Because the lead by the Buccaneers was 35 points or more, running time began when there was nine minutes left in the game. This meant the clock stopped only for time-outs (team or official).
Rorman had another big night for the Buccaneers. The senior forward scored 21 first half points on her way to a 26-point performance. Johnson ended the night with 12 points including two 3-pointers. The Bucs made five of nine free throws.
BEA improves their record to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big South Conference.
The Buccaneers return home to host conference rival St. Peter on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Results of that game will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.
WEM 45, BEA 44
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers hosted the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (WEM) Buccaneers in girls basketball on Friday, Jan. 4. WEM came into the game having lost once while recording nine victories.
In what turned out to be a close contest, WEM held on for a 45-44 victory. WEM led the game at half time 24-23. The teams each scored 21 points in the second half.
BEA shot 39 percent from two-point range connecting on 16 of 41 shots. Meanwhile the WEM offense made only nine of 33 2-point shots for a 27 percent success rate.
WEM was able to overcome their deficiency in two-point shooting by outscoring BEA by nine points in 3-point shots. WEM also had the advantage at the free throw line where they made nine of 11 free throws compared to Blue Earth Area which converted three of their four free-throw attempts.
Caitlin Rorman was the leading scorer for BEA with 23 points. Hannah Johnson added seven points for the Maroon and Gold.
Johnson led BEA in rebounds with nine, Rorman and Kiera Osmundson recorded six boards each. Both Rorman and Osmundson had two steals for the evening. Ta Armstrong led the team with five assists.