NEW ULM - With six minutes to go in the New Ulm girl's basketball game against Blue Earth Area, the Eagles had committed 24 turnovers and had made only 6-of-31 shots from the field.
Despite that, New Ulm trailed 32-28 thanks to baskets from Hunter Ahlness and Taylor Bolduan.
But any chances of a come-from-behind win were dashed when the Bucs ran off six-straight points and went on to a 39-31 win against New Ulm in South Central Conference basketball on Friday night.
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New Ulm’s Meleah Reinhart (1) drives to the basket against Anne Franta of Blue Earth Area during the first half Friday at NUHS.
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Jenna Stevermer led the Bucs (6-6, 2-4 South Central) with 10 points.
Taylor Bolduan paced the Eagles (1-10, 1-5) with nine points.
For the Eagles and coach Dan Reinhart, the causes of the loss - that could have easily been a win - were simple.
"We did not hit any shots," Reinhart said about his team that finished canning only 6-of-34 shots from the floor and 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. "We are not shooting the ball very well. We played good defense - we held them to 39 points - but we are not putting the ball in the basket."
New Ulm and Blue Earth Area were tied at 10-10 thanks to an eight-point run capped by a Bolduan 3, 1-of-3 for the freshman.
But the Bucs outscored New Ulm 12-2 for a 22-12 lead before the Eagles sliced the lead to 24-21 at halftime. New Ulm was guilty of 14 first-half turnovers.
A 3-pointer by Bolduan early in the second half pulled the Eagles to within 26-24.
New Ulm commited 10 second-half turnovers with two of them leading to points that started an eventual game-winning spurt of those six points.
"We turned the ball over way too much," Reinhart said. "There was probably a combination of forced and unforced turnovers. We are getting better, we just need to find a way to put the ball in the basket and handle the ball better."