The Sleepy Eye girls basketball team has sunk into a three-game losing skid, dropping their first three games following the holiday break. This downward spiral comes after a five game winning streak.
The first loss came Tuesday night at the hands of the Buffalo Lake/Hector/Stewart Mustangs.
The Indians found themselves in trouble early on. “We struggled to stop dribble penetration and gave up too many layups. I would have loved to have made a defensive adjustment, but we got in a hole early and couldn’t dig our way out,” coach Ryan Hulke stated
“I give BLHS a lot of credit, they lost some good players last year, but their youth is really stepping up and playing well for them,” Hulke continued. “We just took one on the chin Tuesday night and we need to respond because we have a very good MVL team coming to our place Friday night. “I am happy with where we are at right now,” concluded Hulke.
The next defeat came by way of the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers last Friday night which saw the Indians on the losing end of a 66-54 final score.
Despite Sleepy Eye keeping the game close, the Chargers took the lead early in the first half and never looked back. The first half ended with the Indians trailing by just seven.
The first nine minutes of the second half was dominated both offensively and defensively by the Indians. The Chargers were held to a mere eight points. The Indians got themselves on top, however, a Charger timeout halted the streak. MVL went on to drain 28 points in the final eight minutes and went away with a 66-54 win.
“We came out and played some of the best defense we have played all year for the first 10 minutes,” coach Ryan Hulke commented. “The girls knew they were playing great on the defensive end early and I think we just got complacent and that sent MVL on a run.”
“I felt we had a great defensive game plan going into Friday night and it showed at times, so we just need to mentally be in it for 36 minutes,” Hulke concluded.
Sleepy Eye saw the third loss, a heartbreaking loss by a single point to Cedar Mountain/Comfrey on Monday night, losing by a score of 64-63.
The first half of the contest was heavily dominated by the Cougars, who were up by 16 points (36-20) going into the locker room at halftime.
Sleepy Eye made some adjustments and came out energized for the second half of play, draining a highly respectable 43 points, 14 of which came compliments of Claire Krumbach.
The game was tight up until the final buzzer, yet the Indians could not find their way into the win column, losing by a final score of 64-63.
Page 2 of 2 - Stat Leaders from Tuesday
Sydney Remus - 16 pts, 12 rbds
Claire Krumbach - 16 pts, 8 rbds
Stat Leaders from Friday
Sydney Remus - 8 pts, 8 rbds
Claire Krumbach - 15 pts, 7 rbds
Abby Walter - 9 pts
Aileen Roman - 9 pts
Stat Leaders from Monday
Claire Krumbach - 17 pts, 10 rbds
Carissa Hillmer - 13 points, 4 asts