BEA uses overtime to hold off St. James Area

Caelan Sanders

ST. JAMES — Jacob Vaske hit two free throws with 11 seconds left in overtime to propel the Blue Earth Area Bucs boys basketball team to a 71-68 win over the St. James Area Saints on Friday night in St. James.

Vaske ended the night with 14 points and seven rebounds. Cameron Anderson scored five of the team’s seven overtime points to tally 13 points in the game.

In an evenly matched contest, the Bucs and Saints were tied at 35 after the first half then knotted the game at 64 to force the extra frame.

Caelan Sanders fouled out of the game with six minutes to go in regulation, but still led the Bucs with 21 points, while Austin Thielfoldt had a team-leading six assists along with three points. Grant Strukel contributed 17 points to the win.

Parker Jones, who missed the 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime, had a game-high 22 points for the Saints. Daevon Anderson contributed 11 points and Kobe Mohwinkel added on nine points.

Blue Earth Area (3-6, 1-3 BSC) hosts St. Peter at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Blue Earth.

Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 58, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 42 — The Jaguars used a 20-16 halftime lead to nab a Valley Conference win over the Knights on Friday in Lake Crystal. The Jaguars got up, 38-23, in the early parts of the final frame. Derek Shoen notched in 22 points and five rebounds for TMLGHEC. Zach Wolter produced eight points, four rebounds and four assists, while Cayden Fischer had seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Isaac Johnson and Paxton Gravlin each scored six points for the Jaguars, which went 19-for-41 from 2-point range, 4-for-15 from 3-point distance and 8-for-15 at the charity stripe.

Evan Bergeman led the Knights with 10 points.

Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (4-7) hosts Heron Lake-Okabena at 7:15 p.m. Monday in Granada.

Cleveland 86, Martin County West 66 — The Clippers recorded a 48-25 halftime lead to defeat the Mavericks in Valley Conference play on Friday night in Cleveland.

Mitch McCabe posted a game-high 19 points for the Clippers, which went 11-for-33 from beyond the arc, 22-for-28 from 2-point distance and 9-for-16 from the free throw line. Kendall Lusty and Austin Plonsky each had 26 points, while Carter Kopet, who tallied eight rebounds, and Evan Koppelman both had 11 points.

Nick Beseke marked a Mavericks-leading 16 points and Dawson Weber provided 12 points, three assists, four rebounds and a block.

Wyatt Geistfeld added on 12 points and seven rebounds for MCW, which went 23-for-54 from the field, including 16 of 31 2-point baskets and made 13 of 17 free throws.

Martin County West (5-5) hosts Fairmont at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Trimont.

Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 73, North Union 26 — The Cardinals pocketed a 47-point Top of Iowa Conference win over the Warriors on Friday in Garner, Iowa.

The Cardinals went into halftime with a 39-14 lead before holding the Warriors to 12 second-half points.

NU’s Riley Bauer had a team-best 12 points and seven rebounds, while Robert Ortman had seven points. Blake Crawmer contributed five points and Hunter Pierce brought down six rebounds.

The Warriors went 10-for-41 on the floor and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.

North Union (2-7) plays host to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Armstrong.

Girls Basketball

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 74, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 37 — The Knights outscored the Jaguars, 34-16, in the second half for the win on Friday night in Sleepy Eye.

Sydney Windschitl led the home team’s effort with 18 points and Madison Mathiowetz chipped in 17 points.

Macy Quinn had 12 points for the Jaguars team, which went 14-for-61 from the field. The team also made 5 of 11 foul shots and pulled down 40 rebounds.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther (2-8) hosts Fairmont at 4:30 p.m. today in Truman.

North Union 73, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 39 — Chloe Lofstrom had 24 points to lead the Class 2A, No. 12-ranked Warriors to a Top of Iowa Conference victory over the Cardinals on Friday night in Garner, Iowa.

Lofstrom added on seven rebounds, Breanna Anderson produced a team-high 10 rebounds with five assists and Kate Anderson led in assists with seven. Samantha Hagedorn ended the night with 17 points and five rebounds, and Hallie Reese netted 11 points to complement five rebounds.

North Union (11-0) hosts Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Armstrong.