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Road woes continue for BEA girls

By Staff | Dec 22, 2019

It was the Bucs versus the Bucs when the Blue Earth Area girls traveled to Waterville to take on Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (WEM) on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

It was host WEM who picked up the win by a final score of 55-30.

BEA continues their travel throughout southern Minnesota as they have been on the road for all six of their games to begin the season.

WEM held a small advantage in the early stages of the contest before opening up a 13-point margin at the half, leading 31-18.

The host Bucs continued to build their lead in the second half and were able to outscore the Maroon and Gold 24-12 in the final stanza.

BEA hit 29 percent of their shots from the field and were two of 10 from three-point range. BEA only shot six free throws and made two.

BEA held a 37-31 edge in rebounds.

Arika Howard led BEA in scoring with 11 points followed by McKenna Dutton with seven.

Howard had eight rebounds and Kaitlin Johnson ended the evening with seven.

The BEA Bucs had their home opener on Friday, Dec. 20, against New Ulm. Results of that contest will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

Maple River Invite

The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team participated in the Maple River Invitational Tournament on Dec. 13 and 14.

The Bucs fell 65-30 to Belle Plaine in the opening game of the tournament and then lost to Maple River 48-37 in the consolation game.

Belle Plaine 65, BEA 30

The Bucs kept pace with the Tigers in the early minutes of the game but Belle Plaine eventually began to pull away and took a 36-20 lead at the half on their way to a 65-30 victory.

BEA was held to 10 second half points while Belle Plaine tallied 29.

The Bucs made seven of 25 two-points attempts and just one of their six three-point shots.

Turnovers and rebounding were both in the Tiger’s favor. The Bucs turned the ball over 26 times while forcing nine turnovers by the Tigers. Belle Plaine had 48 rebounds to 25 for BEA.

Arika Howard led the team with six points followed by Ta Armstrong with five. Eloise Blair, McKenna Dutton and Kaitlin Johnson all finished with four points.

Blair, Johnson, Armstrong and Kiera Osmundson all had four rebounds.

Maple River 48, BEA 37

Blue Earth Area rallied in the second half but could not overcome the Maple River lead and lost to the Eagles 48-37.

Maple River began to pull away early in the first half and eventually increased their lead to 14 points at half time, leading BEA 29-15.

The teams played pretty even in the second half before the Bucs tried to mount a rally late in the game. The Eagles fought off the rally and secured the victory.

BEA shot 43.6 percent from two-point range but could not match the Maple River girls who ripped the nets, making 60 percent of their two-pointers.

Neither team shot the ball well from behind the arc. BEA missed all 12 of their attempts while Maple River converted only three of their 23 three-point shots.

The Bucs did a better job taking care of the ball than the previous evening and were charged with 16 turnovers to 10 for the Eagles.

BEA outrebounded Maple River by a 34-28 margin.

McKenna Dutton led the Bucs with 11 points. Also hitting double figures for the Maroon and Gold was Kaitlin Johnson with 10 points. Arika Howard added eight points.

Johnson was the leading rebounder for BEA with 13.