Bucs' title dreams dashed

Haven's March Madness run ends before it starts
Matt DeYoung
Feb 27, 2014

Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer hasn’t had many opportunities to address a teary-eyed team over the past few years.

The Buccaneers reached the Breslin Center the past three seasons, winning state championships the last two years.

But on Wednesday, Kowalczyk-Fulmer had to bid goodbye to her heartbroken seniors after a disappointing 39-25 loss to Mona Shores in the semifinal round of the Class A district tournament.

“It’s harder to say goodbye to the seniors than it is to lose a game,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “I thought we could play with that team. We just weren’t good enough tonight.”

The Buccaneers had plenty of chances early on to take control of the game, but their shots refused to fall, and instead of building what could have been a 6-8 point lead in the early minutes had they hit a few layups instead turned into a 5-4 deficit on a Sailors’ 3-pointer.

The Bucs never recovered.

They shot just 22 percent from the floor. Their lone offensive highlight came at the first-half buzzer, when junior Amanda Merz drilled a 3-pointer to cut their deficit to just four points at 25-21.

But the second half was more of the same, as Mona Shores’ swarming, athletic defense cut off all lanes to the basket and made it hard for the Bucs to find open shots on the perimeter.

“We were right there,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “We didn’t necessarily outplay them in the first half, but we had every opportunity. We had open looks, backdoor cuts, layups, and they were pretty stagnant offensively.

“But we just didn’t get it done. We didn’t hit our shots. We missed wide open layups.”

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At least we have a good bowling team!


No Abby Cole = no title

Tri-cities realist

4 points in the entire 2nd half? Ouch!


These are high school athletes who gave it their all. Those of you who have thought about or are thinking about posting something sarcastic or negative...keep it to yourself, please.
Congrats Lady Bucs on a great season! You've worked hard and, like in any sports, you've had some awesome moments! Thanks for making us proud to be Buccaneers! Keep your heads held high and be proud of what you've done! We're all proud of you!


That's all true. I said it before the season though and I stick to my statements. Abby Cole was a once in a lifetime player. She was the main reason they eon two in a row. Not trying to tske anything away from the coach or team. Fact is without her they are not a dominant team.


Too bad the article doesn't have all its facts correct. The busser-beater 3-pointer was at the end of the third quarter. We--the fans--all hoped it would get the team going; it just wasn't in the cards. The team played hard all year, and was a lot of fun to watch. I'll miss Taylor, Emily, Faith, Katie and Amber: THANKS for all your efforts! Finishing the year 16-5 IS NOT a bad year!!
And I can't wait for next year. Our JV's and Freshmen both had very good seasons, even when their best classmates were playing 'up a level'. Two sophomores started the season on Varsity; a third joined them. And the best freshman played JV all season (with another joining her half-way through the season). There is plenty of good basketball in the Buccaneers' future. Go Bucs!!

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