The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team lost for the second time this season, and, like the first loss, it was a heartbreaker.
The Bucs fell 44-41 in overtime in a double header game at Hayfield on Saturday night, Jan. 14.
“This was a very hard fought game,” Buccaneer head coach Al Cue says. “The girls really battled hard all the way to the end.”
BEA’s Krista Hassing made a basket to put the Bucs up 2-0 at the beginning of the game.
Remarkably, it was the one and only time BEA had the lead the entire night.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the game was not close.
In fact, it was tied five times – including the critical last time in regulation at 33-33, forcing the overtime period.
But, what it also means is that each and every time there was a tie, Hayfield got the next set of points and forced the Bucs to always play from behind and try and catch up and tie it again.
After falling behind 9-4, a Whitney Pirsig 2- pointer and a Camille Driscoll three tied it at 9-all.
But, the Bucs missed their next four shots and eventually the Vikings scored a trey to take the lead again.
The Bucs found themselves down by eight at 17-9 later in the first half, but battled back to cut the lead to 17-13 at the halftime buzzer with a pair of Kristine Volz 2-point baskets.
In the second half, BEA battled back to tie the game again at 21-21, but once again Hayfield responded with another trey.
The Vikings were ahead 33-26 near the end of the game when the Bucs’ Driscoll came up with seven unanswered points to tie it once more at 33-all.
Driscoll hit a 2-pointer, then a 3-pointer and finished with another 2-pointer to force the game into an overtime period.
Unfortunately, Hayfield outscored BEA 11-8 in the OT.
The Vikings were up by as many as four points in the overtime period. But, a Hassing basket and a couple of Driscoll free throws cut the lead to one, at 42-41.
That was it for the rally, however, and the Vikings nailed a couple of free throws of their own to end the game with a 44-41 score.
“We played right into their hands as far as tempo is concerned,” Coach Cue says. “They had long possessions and got us into a slow down game.”
The Bucs were led by Driscoll who had 18 points and eight rebounds. Hassing added 14 points and five rebounds, as well as seven deflections.
Sara Warmka had just one point but added four assists, four rebounds, four deflections and four steals.
As a team, the Bucs were again tough on defense, totalling 17 defections and 12 steals while committing just eight turnovers.
The Vikings had no deflections and only seven steals, while committing 16 turnovers.
BEA hit 16 of 46 field goal attempts (35 percent) and was 6 of 14 (43 percent) from the free-throw line.
Hayfield was 14 of 29 from the field (48 percent) and 13 of 22 (59 percent) from the line.
“We had trouble shooting and fell behind,” Cue says. “But, the girls had a great comeback late in the game to force overtime. We’ll use this as a learning experience and move on to the next game.”
That next game was another boys and girls double header, this time last Friday in Fairmont. Details and photos will be in the next Faribault County Register.
This week the Bucs travel to Waseca on Thursday and host New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Saturday.