The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team hosted the New Ulm Eagles Thursday night.
The Buccaneers took an early lead, resulting in another win, 48-28.
BEA scored 26 points in the first half of the game, and left New Ulm trailing with 18 points.
Krista Hassing brought in 15 points for the Bucs in the first half. She sank 6 of 11 attempted baskets and was 3 for 5 at the free-throw line.
Senior Whitney Pirsig racked up four points for the Bucs in the first half and grabbed four rebounds.
Moving through the second half of the game, the Bucs kept the Eagles from sinking too many more shots. BEA scored 22 points in the second half while New Ulm only scored 10.
Kaitlyn Olsen was right on the mark with her shots in the second half. She brought in seven points, scoring 2 of 2 two-pointers and 1 of 1 three-point shot, for a 100 percent accuracy rate.
Chelsea Owen got some time behind the free-throw line. She was 3 for 4 on her foul shots.
The Bucs had a game total of 18 offensive rebounds and 13 defensive.
Hassing brought in a total of 17 points against the Eagles and had seven rebounds.
Olsen tallied 10 points for the Bucs' win against the Eagles with three baskets, one three-pointer and four free-throw shots.
Owen scored seven points and was 2 for 3 on her two-point attempts and 3 of 4 at the free-throw line.
The Bucs' win against the Eagles gives them an 8-3 record for the season and a 2-1 South Central Conference record.
BEA's next match up will be against the Fairmont Cardinals on Friday, Jan. 18 in Blue Earth.
BEA 52, JCC 48
The Buccaneers girls basketball team took on the Jackson County Central Huskies on Tuesday.
Blue Earth Area came away with a close victory beating JCC, 52-48.
The girls in maroon and gold took the lead early on in the game which started them off on the right foot for a win.
"We went ahead 14-0 to begin the game,"?Coach Al Cue says. "Then JCC?drained some threes to catch up."
But, BEA?still managed to finish the first half with a two point advantage, 25-23.
Krista Hassing showed some consistency at the free-throw line in the beginning of the game. She sank 4 of 4 free-throw shots. She also scored two two-pointers totaling eight points.
Jenna Stevermer also helped boost the Bucs score by seven points with one free throw and three baskets.
Janessa Jahnke sank 2 of 5 attempted two-point shots in the first half, as well.
In the second half, BEA brought in 27 more points with JCC only scoring an additional 25.
Again, Hassing was hot at the free-throw line. She made 9 of 12 foul shots at a 75 percent accuracy rate. She also grabbed eight rebounds in the second half.
Taylor Grandgenett was 2 for 2 at the free-throw line scoring four points for the Bucs.
"It was a close game all the way,"?Coach Cue adds. "We played very good defense and rebounded very well."
Hassing tallied a total of 19 points against JCC. She went 13 for 16 at the free-throw line for a 81 percent accuracy rate. She also grabbed 11 rebounds; five offensive and six defensive.
Stevermer brought in nine points in the game, scoring four two-point buckets and one free-throw.
BEA 51, St. James 35
The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team traveled to St. James on Friday, Jan. 4, and despite a slow start they came out with the victory, 51-35.
"The girls started very slowly in this game, falling behind 19-6 in the first eight minutes," Buc Coach Al Cue says.
The Bucs ended the first half, 30-23, leaving the Saints to play catch up.
Krista Hassing led the team in scoring during the first half, tallying 14 points. She sank four two-pointers, three free-throw shots and one from behind the three-point mark.
She also grabbed nine rebounds for BEA; five offensive and four defensive.
Whitney Pirsig was hot at the free-throw line in the first half of the game. She made 5 of 6 attempted shots with an 83 percent accuracy rate.
Pirsig also scored a two-pointer, bringing in a total of seven points for the Bucs in the first half of the game.
"Fortunately, the girls really turned things around,"?coach Cue says.
The Bucs brought in 21 more points in the second half, and the Saints only managed to tack on an additional 12 to their score.
Hassing made 4 of 5 two-point shots and 2 of 3 free-throw attempts.
Janessa Jahnke brought in five points with two two-pointers and one free-throw shot.
"We really got after offensive rebounds and also forced a lot of turnovers, which both created extra shots,"?the BEA?coach adds.
As a team the Bucs grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and 23 defensive.
The Saints had 17 turnovers throughout the game.
Hassing racked up a total of 24 points against St. James. She sank eight baskets, one three-pointer and five free-throw shots.
She also grabbed 13 rebounds; eight offensive and five defensive.
Pirsig scored nine points for the Bucs and was 5 of 6 at the free-throw line with an 83 percent accuracy rate.
She also had six rebounds; three offense and three defense.
Jahnke scored a total of five points, sinking a successful 2 of 4 baskets and one free-throw shot.