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Buccaneer girls go 1-2 for the week

By Staff | Feb 2, 2020

Arika Howard gets by the defender and heads to the basket in a recent game.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls basketball team rallied from a seven- point halftime deficit to take a one point lead over the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, the Jaguars regained the lead and held on for a 63-55 win in a game played at Granada on Monday, Jan. 27.

It had been one month ago, on Dec. 27, when BEA had downed GHEC/T/ML 56-48 in the Blue Earth Area Holiday Tournament.

The Jaguars took the lead early in last Monday’s game and built their advantage over the Bucs to seven points as the first half ended.

BEA started closing the gap in the second half and eventually took a one-point lead courtesy of a Ta Armstrong 3-pointer. The teams exchanged leads over the next couple of minutes until a six-point run by GHEC/T/ML put the home team in front for good.

Although the Bucs were at a big height disadvantage, they battled the Jaguars hard for rebounds. GHEC/T/ML ended up holding a 42-40 edge on the boards.

The two teams were also very even in turnovers committed with the Bucs having 16 and the Jags having 18.

Arika Howard led the team in scoring, rebounds and assists. The junior forward finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Armstrong also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points while also doling out four assists.

McKenna Dutton added nine points. Kaitlin Johnson scored eight points and had eight rebounds. Eloise Blair finished the game with nine rebounds.

The loss gives the Bucs an overall record of 2-15. The Jaguars improved to 8-9 overall.

St. Peter 62, BEA 27

Blue Earth Area fell 62-27 when they played host to the St. Peter Saints in a Big South Conference girls basketball contest on Friday, Jan. 27.

The Saints got off to a fast start and took a 17-5 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the opening half.

BEA bounced back and put together an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to narrow the Saints’ lead to one point at 17-16 with 6:39 to go until halftime.

And then it appeared somebody flipped a switch and shut off the Bucs ability to put the ball in the hoop.

BEA was outscored 12-1 during the remainder of the first half and only scored 10 points in the second half.

The Saints put their height advantage to work on the boards to compile a 36-16 rebounding advantage during the game. They were particularly effective on the offensive end of the court where they scored 29 second chance points.

Leading scorer for the Bucs was Arika Howard with 10 points. Kiera Osmundson finished with seven.

Howard also led the team with four rebounds.

BEA 41, USC 32

It was a low-scoring first half in Wells on Thursday, Jan. 23, when the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers met up with the United South Central Rebels in girls basketball.

There were only 26 points scored in the first half of the game with the Bucs holding a 16-6 halftime lead on their way to a 41-32 non-conference victory.

USC took a 4-0 lead during the first two minutes of the contest. But the Rebels would only score two more points during the remainder of the opening half.

A 3-pointer by Ta Armstrong and two baskets by Kaitlin Johnson gave the Bucs the lead for good at 7-4.

USC did outscore the Bucs in the second half 26-25, but could not overcome their 10-point deficit from the first half.

The Rebels shot 50 percent on their 2-point shots and 60 percent on their 3-pointers. However, BEA’s pressure defense held the USC offense to 15 fewer shots than the Bucs and also allowed the Maroon and Gold to score 18 points off turnovers, compared to the Rebels, who scored only five points off of turnovers.

USC outrebounded BEA 21-19 but committed 20 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Bucs had one of their better nights protecting the ball by turning the ball over only six times.

Johnson was the only BEA player scoring in double figures with 15 points. The senior forward also pulled down four rebounds.

Kiera Osmundson scored seven points and Arika Howard finished with six.

Eloise Blair led the team with six rebounds. Armstrong doled out six assists and Lauren Schavey had three steals.