BLUE EARTH - The Blue Earth Area Buc girls basketball team usually gets kick-started via defense.
Friday was no exception for the Bucs against St. James in Blue Earth.
The Bucs scored the first nine points of the game and never looked back en route to a 58-28 South Central Conference win over the Saints.
OVER THE DEFENSE — Blue Earth Area guard Courtney Grandgenett (25) lofts a shot over the stretched-out arm of St. James defender Maggie Ramirez during South Central Conference basketball action Friday night in Blue Earth. (Courtesy of Kevin Mertens/Faribault County Register)
SQUEEZING BETWEEN — Fairmont’s Shannon Christianson (51) squeezes between New Ulm’s Kelsy Kannegiesser (left) and Elizabeth Rummel on Friday night at New Ulm High School. View additional photos at: http://cu.nujournal.com (Courtesy of Steve Muscatello/New Ulm Journal)
"I thought our defense was good and I was really happy how they (Bucs) boxed out. They (Saints) couldn't have had too many defensive rebounds," said Bucs' head coach Al Cue.
Camille Driscoll led the Bucs with 22 points, going 8 of 11 from the floor and 4 of 5 on free throws.
"Our shots were falling in and our bench played pretty well," said Cue.
Sara Warmka moved the scoreboard numbers first for the Bucs with a drive down the middle of the lane at 17:35.
Driscoll later added a pair of free throws, before Allie Curtis went up and in in the lane and followed up with 1 of 2 at the foul line for a 7-0 Buc lead at 16:54.
Driscoll then earned her first bucket of the game by following her own miss inside for a 9-0 Buc lead at 16:20.
The Saints got on the board at 16:10 as Cheyanne Bowers went glass from Julia Runge, but Driscoll's next conversion put the Bucs ahead by double figures.
Driscoll hit from behind the arc at 15:25 for a 12-2 lead, before a pair of Krista Hassing free throws gave the Bucs a 14-2 lead.
Devon Flohrs cut the Saints' deficit to under 10 points by taking a Bowers pass to the hoop at 12:30, but consecutive Buc hoops from Nicole Carr, Kristine Volz and Driscoll put the Bucs ahead 21-5 with 11:05 left in the first half.
Blue Earth Area led 39-15 at the break and the Saints could not get any closer than 18 points in the second half.
Driscoll added four rebounds and three steals for the Bucs, while Hassing scored 12 points in addition to four assists and three steals.
Bowers led the Saints with eight points, while adding three steals and three assists.
Blue Earth Area (8-1, 3-1 South Central) hosts Southwest Star Concept tonight in Blue Earth.
St. James (4-7, 1-4 South Central) hosts Windom Area on Tuesday.
Fairmont 62, New Ulm 47 - Sophomore center Kayla Lardy neared double-double territory by collecting 13 points and garnering eight rebounds to guide the Cardinals to a 15-point victory over the Eagles during South Central Conference action Friday night in New Ulm.
Sierra Schultz also scored 13 points for Fairmont and pulled down four boards, while Kamara Cone supplied eight points and four rebounds.
Ashley Kloeckner contributed seven points and four boards to the Cardinals' winning ways, while Shannon Christianson and Tracy Thiesse chipped in five and four points, respectively.
Fairmont made 26 of 55 shots from 2-point range for 47 percent, while hitting 10 of 21 free throws on the game.
Fairmont (6-5, 2-2 SCC) plays host to Waseca on Thursday night.
New Ulm 19-28-47
Pauli Anderson collected 11 points and seven rebounds to pace Fairmont's 61-24 triumph over New Ulm during B-squad action on Friday in New Ulm.
Kaylee Sauck scored nine points for the Cardinals, Courtney Guetter pocketed six steals and Madison Geerdes garnered five rebounds.
Fairmont (8-1) hosts Waseca on Thursday.
Sydney Glienke delivered 18 points and six assists to power Fairmont to a 56-17 rout of New Ulm during C-squad action Friday in New Ulm.
Morgan Seifried contributed nine points and four steals to the Cardinals' victory, while Sophie Shelgren chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.
Fairmont (5-4) hosts Waseca on Thursday.
North Sentral Kossuth/Armstrong-Ringsted 56, Corwith-Wesley-Luverne 16 - Kelsey Gerhart scored 17 points and distributed three assists to lead the Eagles to a 56-16 Corn Belt Conference win over the Panthers on Friday night at Sentral School in Fenton, Iowa.
Tori Johnson produced 12 points, four steals and three assists for NSK/AR.
Collete Haag contributed 10 points and six steals to the winning performance, while Aurora Oliver added five rebounds.
The Eagles were 25 of 53 on 2-pointers, 1 of 16 on 3-pointers and 3 of 9 at the foul line.
North Sentral Kossuth/ Armstrong-Ringsted (9-2, 6-0 Corn Belt) plays Manson-Northwest Webster on Thursday in Manson, Iowa.
CWL 0 4 2 10 - 16
NSK/AR 22 9 19 6 - 56
Granada-Huntley-East Chain 29, Nicollet 26 - Amanda Cegelske grabbed 11 rebounds and scored seven points to lead the Mustangs to a 29-26 Valley Conference win over the Raiders on Friday night at East Chain School.
Anna Balcom scored 10, and Rachael Sauck grabbed three steals for GHEC.
Katelyn Skrien scored 10 points for the Raiders, while Kayla Wenner scored eight.
The Mustangs were 13 of 37 on field goals and 3 of 9 on free throws.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (4-5, 3-1 Valley) plays Martin Luther on Monday in Northrop.
Murray County Central 50, Martin County West 34 - Makenzie Giese and Kristi Bose each scored 11 points to lead the Rebels to a 50-34 win over the Mavericks on Friday in Sherburn.
Kate Thiesse led the Mavericks with 10 points, while Madyson Larson had eight rebounds.
The Mavericks were 6 of 10 on free throws, while the Rebels (5-3) were 12 of 20.
Martin County West (7-2, 3-0 Valley) hosts Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Monday in Sherburn.
Alden-Conger 45, Truman 31 - Liesel Theusch scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead the Knights to a 45-31 Valley Conference win over the Bluejays on Friday in Alden.
Ariel Keller added nine points and five rebounds, while Taylor Martin and Karina Skov scored nine and eight respective points for the Knights.
Truman (1-9, 0-4 Valley) plays host to Madelia on Monday.