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Bucs fall to hot-shooting Bluejays

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 14, 2021

BEA’s Cali Beyer attempts a 3-pointer during recent action in a girls basketball game played in Blue Earth.

Blue Earth Area traveled to Waseca on Friday, Feb. 5, for a Big South Conference girls basketball contest. The Buccaneers and the Bluejays entered the game with identical 2-3 records.

Waseca led by nine points at half time and then controlled the second half to capture a 62-29 victory.

The Bluejays opened the game with a 3-pointer. It was one of six shots from behind the arc they would convert in the first half.

Téa Armstrong’s nifty back-door pass to Arika Howard resulted in two points and put the Bucs on the board. However, the Jays scored the next seven points to take a 10-2 lead.

Waseca was leading 14-8 with 8:12 remaining in the first half when Howard made a traditional 3-point play to cut the Bluejay’s lead to three points.

Two 3-pointers in a row, including one which was banked off the glass resulted in Waseca going on top 20-13.

BEA responded with two threes by Armstrong to make the score 20-19 in Waseca’s favor with 3:31 left in the opening stanza.

The Jays outscored the Maroon and Gold 10-2 in the final three minutes to take a 30-21 lead at the half.

Waseca dominated the second half and outscored BEA 32-18 to earn the 23-point victory.

The Bucs made 35.5 percent of their 2-point attempts and 33 percent of their 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, the Bluejays had a good night shooting the ball. They hit just under 42 percent of their two-point attempts and over 49 percent of their shots from behind the arc.

The teams were even in rebounds at 29 but the Bluejays held a 24-11 advantage in points scored in transition.

Howard led the Bucs in scoring with 14 points. McKenna Dutton finished with nine and Armstrong had six.

Howard also led the team with seven rebounds followed by Eloise Blair with five.

The loss dropped BEA’s record to 2-4 while Waseca improved to 3-3.