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Bucs take the bite out of Bulldogs

Girls hold JWP to six second-half points on their way to 61-24 win

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 28, 2021

BEA’s Sophie Keister shoots over the JWP defenders to score two of her six points in the Bucs’ 61-24 win over the Bulldogs on Feb. 25.

It was senior night for the Blue Earth Area girls basketball team when they faced the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs in girls basketball on Thursday, Feb. 25, and they celebrated by defeating the Bulldogs 61-24.

Seven minutes into the game the two teams were locked in a tight battle with BEA holding a 12-10 advantage.

A baseline jumper by McKenna Dutton extended the Bucs’ lead to 14-10. Eloise Blair added her own short jumper to put the Bucs up by six points.

JWP answered with two free throws before Blair went on a seven-point scoring run.

The sophomore guard made one of two free throws before scoring a lay up on a fast break. Next, she grabbed an offensive rebound and laid the ball in for two more points.

The Bulldogs made a 3-pointer before Blair scored again to put the Bucs on top 23-15.

Another basket by Dutton extended the Bucs’ lead to double digits at 25-15.

By the time senior Cali Beyer swished her shot from behind the arc to end the first-half scoring, BEA had increased their lead to 32-18.

The Bucs would not have needed to score in the second half to win the game. JWP did not score until more than six minutes had run off of the game clock in the second stanza and they scored only six total points in the final 18 minutes.

Senior forward Lauren Schavey got the Bucs off to a fast start in the second half with a steal and an easy basket.

BEA would score a total of 14 points to open the second half before the Bulldogs finally put a ball through the hoop with 11:23 remaining in the game.

The Bucs continued building their lead until they were up by more than 35 points with 4:33 left in the game. The rest of the contest was played with running time.

BEA made 50 percent of their 2-point attempts, making 21 of 42 shots.The Bucs were effective at getting the ball inside and scored 30 of their points in the paint.

They shot 13 percent from behind the arc and were 13 of 20 from the free-throw line.

BEA held a 42-28 rebounding advantage. Their defensive prowess led to 20 steals and five blocked shots.

Blair and Dutton both reached double figures in scoring. Blair finished with 16 points while Dutton added 10. Arika Howard added nine while Beyer, Schavey and Sophie Keister had six points each.

Blair and Dutton led the team in rebounding with eight each. Howard had seven and Keister finished with six.

Téa Armstrong led the team with six assists.

The victory improved the Bucs’ record to 3-7.