Girls open season with three losses
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team continued their early season road tour with a game at the St. Peter Saints on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Bucs trailed by only eight points at half time but were outscored 31-10 in the second half to fall to the Saints 51-22.
It was a low-scoring first half for both teams, but the host Saints went into the locker room leading 20-12. St. Peter fared better in the second half and pulled away for the victory.
BEA made nine of 30 two-point attempts while St. Peter was successful on 17 of their 39 attempts from inside the arc.
Neither team was effective from three-point range. The Bucs attempted only two shots outside of the arc and missed them both. The Saints connected on only two of their 17 three-point attempts.
St. Peter held the edge in rebounding by a 38-34 margin, including an 18-10 advantage in offensive rebounds.
The Bucs committed 33 turnovers while causing 18 Saints’ miscues.
Arika Howard led BEA with seven points. Howard, McKenna Dutton and?Kaitlin Johnson were the leading rebounders with five each. Howard was also the team leader in steals with four.
Worthington 64, BEA 26
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team faced the Worthington Trojans as part of the Big South Showcase on Saturday, Dec 7. The game was played in Jackson.
Worthington jumped out to a big lead and never looked back on their way to a 64-26 victory over the Bucs.
The Trojans held the Bucs to 11 first-half points on their way to 40-11 half time lead. The Bucs did better in the second half but were still outscored 24-15.
Worthington made 17 of 46 two-points attempts while BEA was seven for 25 from inside the arc. The Bucs failed to convert any of their nine three-point shots. The Trojans were six for 21 from three-point range. When it came to free throws, both teams made 12 of 21 attempts from the charity stripe.
BEA held an edge in defensive rebounds 24-20, but Worthington owned the offensive boards where they pulled down 23 boards to six for BEA. The Trojans also held the edge in the turnover department by forcing 39 Buc turnovers while committing only 12 turnovers.
Arika Howard scored eight points for the Bucs while McKenna Dutton and Ta Armstrong both chipped in six. Dutton let the team with four rebounds.
LCWM 68, BEA 34
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team opened the 2019-2020 season on the road with a trip to Lake Crystal to take on the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights. The Knights doubled up the Bucs and won the game 68-34.
The Bucs shot over 41 percent from two-point range but the Knights did even better by making 14 of their 26 shots for a 53.8 percent success rate. BEA took three shots outside of the arc and made one. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial made nine three-pointers out of 20 attempts.
The Bucs attempted five free throws and made one. The Knights converted 13 of their 21 shots from the charity stripe.
The Knights’ defensive pressure resulted in 29 Buccaneer turnovers, including 22 steals by the host team.
BEA did hold an edge in rebounding by a 27-23 margin.
Arika Howard led the team with eight points followed by Eloise Blair and Ta Armstrong with six points each. Kiera Osmundson and Maddie Schiltz both had five rebounds for the Bucs.
The girls participated in the Maple River Invite Dec. 13 and 14. They travel to Waterville to take on the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers on Dec. 17.