It was not the best start to a post-season game, but the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls basketball team overcame a rough first half with a strong second period last Tuesday night and continued their season.
The Bucs, seeded No. 2 in the Class AA - South Sub-Section, ended up defeating the No. 7 seeded Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights by a score of 62-42.
But, at the end of the first half, BEA led by just three points, 26-23. It took a 36-19 performance in the second half in order to end up with the 20-point win.
BEA’s Caitlin Rorman crashes through the LCWM defense on her way to the basket.
Rorman tallied 19 points.
"The first half was a struggle on the offensive end," Buc coach Al Cue said. "We couldn't finish easy shots. In the second half, we turned them over a few times and got some layups. That relaxed everyone and we started shooting it better. We finished well."
The Buccaneer girls now advanced to the Section 2AA semi-finals, where they were set to face the Maple River Eagles at Mankato East High School on Friday night, March 3.
That game was played after the press deadline for this issue of the Faribault County Register, and full details will be included in the next edition of the Register.
The Eagles are seeded at No. 3 in the Sub-Section, and sport a 16-9 record. They defeated Medford last Tuesday to advance to the game against the 14-12 Buccaneers.
In other Tuesday games, the No. 5 seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers upset the No. 4 seeded Fairmont Cardinals, while No. 1 seeded New Richland Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva defeated No. 8 seed St. James.
The finals of the Sub-Section will be on Tuesday, March 7, at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
During the second half of their game last Tuesday against the Knights, the Bucs turned up the heat right out of the break.
BEA scored six unanswered points, then built up a quick 10-point lead at 35-25, and used a stifling defense to increase the lead to 20 at 48-28 with just under seven minutes left in the contest.
LCWM cut that lead down to 16 points at 55-39 after hitting a three-pointer, but the Bucs put it back up to 20, 59-39, with 1:04 on the clock. They maintained the 20-point spread to end the game at 62-42.
BEA's Caitlin Rorman once again led the team, scoring 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Samantha Barslou added eight points plus three steals, going coast-to-coast for a layup at one point.
Lindsey Norman led the team on the boards, with 11 rebounds. She also had three points.
BEA was 22 of 75 from the floor and 16 of 21 from the free-throw line.
The Knights were led by Lakesha Carter who had 18 points.