Real tough competition
Less than 24 hours after facing the conference leading Waseca Bluejays on the hard-court, the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team was back in action to face the second place team in the Big South Conference, the New Ulm Eagles. The game was played Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, the results were similar to the previous night with New Ulm defeating BEA 62-36.
Joey Batt, the 5’5 senior guard and Minnesota State-Mankato recruit, scored 24 points, had seven steals and four assists to lead the Eagles.
Batt made her presence known right away with a steal at half court followed by an easy lay up. The Eagles scored on a 3-pointer on their next trip down the floor to take a 5-0 lead.
Caitlin Rorman was fouled and converted both free throws to get the Bucs on the board.
However, the Eagles scored the next six points to go up 11-2. The teams traded baskets to make the score 13-4. Hannah Johnson ripped the nets from outside the arc to match a long range bomb by the Eagles making the score 16-7 in favor of the Eagles.
Callie Stevermer scored off an offensive rebound cutting the New Ulm lead to seven points at 16-9.
The Eagles outscored the Bucs 16-6 during the remainder of the first half to take a 32-15 lead at intermission.
BEA outscored the Eagles 7-4 to begin the second half. Caitlin Rorman worked inside for two points before Johnson scored her own 2-pointer.
With the Eagles up 36-19 Rorman nailed a 3-pointer to bring the Bucs within 14 points of New Ulm at 36-22. It would be as close as the Bucs would get in the final stanza.
BEA shot just under 33 percent from the field. They made six of their 10 free throw attempts.
Rorman led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds. Johnson added seven points while pulling down six rebounds. Stevermer had six points and hauled in four boards. Alyssa Ripley led the team with four assists.
Waseca 59, BEA 37
Waseca came to Blue Earth on Friday night, Feb. 1, and left with a 59-37 victory over the Bucs.
The Class AAA, No. 2-ranked Bluejays shot 59.5 percent from the field including 60 percent on 3-pointers while improving their overall season record to 20-1.
Waseca connected on their first two 3-pointers on their way to an 8-0 run to open the game.
Caitlin Rorman’s shot from beyond the arc closed the gap to 8-3 but Waseca went on a 13-2 run to increase their lead to 21-5.
Rorman scored from close range and then was fouled in the act of shooting her next time down the court. She made both free throws to make the score 21-9 in favor of the Bluejays with 8:21 left in the first half.
Following another Waseca field goal, senior center Alyssa Ripley grabbed a rebound on the offensive end and put it in the hoop to make the score 23-11 with Waseca on top. Ripley’s points were the only BEA points in the first half not scored by Rorman.
Waseca outscored the Bucs 13-7 during the remainder of the first half to take a 36-18 halftime lead.
Other Buccaneers found the net in the second half and the defense was more effective but the Bluejays still outpaced BEA in the final stanza by a 23-19 margin.
The Bucs shot 37 percent from the field. Rorman led the team with 16 points and five rebounds. Hannah Johnson tallied seven points for the Bucs.
BEA made 13 of 18 free throw attempts led by Rorman who converted nine of her 11 attempts from the charity stripe.