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Bucs drop two against BSC foes

By Staff | Feb 16, 2020

“No, it is mine.” Blue Earth Area’s Eloise Blair fights for the ball with a player from Jackson County Central during their game on Feb. 10, in Blue Earth.

The Jackson County Central Huskies launched 40 3-pointers when they came to Blue Earth on Monday, Feb. 10, to take on the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers in a Big South Conference girls basketball contest.

And although the Huskies made only 11 of their shots from behind the arc, it was enough to help propel JCC to a 73-34 win over BEA.

Cold shooting was once again a factor in the Bucs loss. The Maroon and Gold had 50 2-point attempts but made only 11, for a shooting percentage of 21.1 percent.

In comparison, the Huskies were 12 of 26 from 2-point range, or 34.9 percent.

JCC took control of the game early and led 16-5 less than five minutes into the game.

The Huskies employed a full-court press and at times the Bucs would beat the pressure and have easy shots at the bucket. However, JCC’s ball-hawking defense also had some success, which resulted in causing 20 turnovers by BEA.

The second half was particularly tough for the Bucs. After scoring 23 points in the first half, the hometown girls could only muster 11 second-half points.

The Huskies increased their lead to over 35 points with about eight minutes remaining in the game which resulted in running time for the remainder of the contest.

Ta Armstrong and Kaitlin Johnson led the Bucs in scoring with seven points each.

BEA did outrebound JCC by a 42-41 margin with Johnson leading the Bucs with eight rebounds. McKenna Dutton and Lauren Schavey each had six. Kiera Osmundson and Arika Howard pulled down five boards apiece.

Blue Earth Area (2-19) traveled to Waseca to face the Bluejays on Friday, Feb. 14. The Bucs will also be on the road on Monday, Feb. 17, when they take on the Medford Tigers. The Maroon and Gold return to Blue Earth on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to host St. James Area.

Results of these contests will be in next week’s edition of The Faribault County Register.

Fairmont 48, BEA 43

Unlike many of their games where they have fallen behind from the start, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers raced to an 8-4 lead against their Big South Conference Rival Fairmont Cardinals in a game played in Blue Earth on Feb. 7.

The Bucs took the lead when Kiera Osmundson converted a 4-point play to give the Bucs the early lead by four points.

Fairmont recovered however, and went on a 12-2 run to take the lead and the Cardinals never looked back.

Fairmont extended their lead to 24-17 as the first half came to a close. And although the Bucs outscored the Cards 26-24 in the closing stanza, it was not enough to pull out a victory and the visitors went home with a 48-43 win.

Trailing 31-21 early in the second half, Osmundson, who led all players with 19 points, swished back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Maroon and Gold within four points of the Cards less than four minutes into the second half and caused Fairmont to call a timeout.

The visitors came out of the timeout and scored the next five points to take a 36-27 lead.

Ta Armstrong connected from behind the arc to pull the Bucs within six points, but the Cards went on a 9-0 run to open up a 45-30 lead with less than six minutes remaining.

BEA outscored Fairmont 13-3 during the remainder of the game but it was not enough to overtake their I-90 rivals and the Cards held on for a five- point victory.

The Bucs shot 34 percent from the field for the game while the Cardinals ripped the nets at a 42-percent clip.

BEA won the battle on the boards with 27 rebounds to 23 for Fairmont.

The Bucs committed 27 turnovers to 21 for the Cards.

In addition to Osmundson’s 19 points, Arika Howard also reached double figures in scoring with 13.

Howard also led the team in rebounding with nine and Eloise Blair pulled down six rebounds for the Bucs.

Armstrong and Howard each had four steals for BEA.