The Blue Earth Area girls basketball team took second place in the Windom Holiday Tournament Invitational on Dec. 27 and 28.
In their opening game, the Buccaneers had three players reach double figures in a 56-48 win over Martin Luther.
Paige Darrington led all scorers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jenna Stevermer scored 13 points and Taylor Grandgenett contributed 12 points of her own along with four steals.
"The girls played well overall," coach Al Cue says. "We were more patient on offense and waiting for better shots instead of settling for the first look that came."
The Buccaneers forced the Knights into 35 total turnovers. BEA ended up with 25 steals, also. Kaitlyn Olson led the way with five and seven others Bucs' contributed two or more steals.
The Bucs struggled shooting the ball in the first half. They failed to connect on one of the 10 attempted three-pointers and only made 32-percent of their fieldgoals (9-of-28).
However, the poor shooting from the field did not take the Buccaneers out of the game. The Knights also struggled and shot 32 percent as well.
At the half, Martin Luther had a slim two-point advantage, 26-24.
The second half saw the maroon and gold shoot better from the field (42 percent) and force 11 steals and 15 Knight turnovers.
Stevermer and Darrington scored 10 points each in the second frame, helping the Bucs to pull away from the Knights.
Despite shooting 0-for-12 from long distance, BEA came out victorious, advancing to the championship the following night.
Power forward Amber Schulz scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Knights.
Kayley Shoen scored nine points and pocketed a game-best six steals for Martin Luther, while Kristi Oberdieck scored eight points and pulled down 11 boards.
"We seemed to grow up a bit," Cue says. "It was better in the second half because we made better decisions with the basketball on the offensive end of the floor."
Windom 61, BEA 52
BEA struggled from the floor and could not pull off a victory over host Windom in the championship game at the Windom Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28.
As a team, the Buccaneers converted on only 15-of-67 attempts from the field (22 percent) leading to a 61-52 loss to the Eagles.
Jenna Stevermer was 4-for-9 from three point range and scored 12 of her 20 total points in the first half for the maroon and gold. Karli Olsen contributed eight points and 10 rebounds for the maroon and gold.
"This game was closer than the final score indicated," Cue explains. "It was close all the way, but they were able to get a bit of a lead in the last couple minutes and then made their free throws down the stretch. We shot the ball poorly and also fouled them too much."
Despite shooting 5-of-23, the Bucs took a slim one-point lead into halftime, 30-29.
Seven different Buccaneers scored in the first half, led by Stevermer and six free throws from Taylor Grandgenett.
The Eagles attacked the lane in the second half. Windom forced fouls and got to the line 29 times, converting on 20 of those free throws.
BEA continued to struggle from the field. They only made seven total fieldgoals in the second half, shooting 20 percent.
The extra free throws pushed the Eagles over the top and helped Windom outscore the Buccaneers by 10, 32-22, in the second half.
The Buccaneers traveled to the St. Peter for a game with the Saints last Friday. On Jan. 9, the Bucs will host Medford at 7:30 p.m. Those games were played after the Faribault County Register deadline. Game results will be included in the next Register.