After an 8-2 start to the season, the Sleepy Eye Indians girls basketball team continues their struggle to get themselves into the win column, losing their fourth and fifth games of the season.
The first loss of the week came last Friday night as the girls dropped the game to Wabasso.
The Indians’ game could be summed up in one word; turnovers.
“All Wabasso had to do is score on one out of every four turnovers we gave them and that’s their 20-point win.” Head coach Ryan Hulke commented.
However, turnovers weren’t all that plagued the girls in the game. Jessica Busch is still nursing a nagging ankle injury and sat out for the fourth straight game. The Indians also struggled getting rebounds on the offensive end.
“We had a season low with four offensive rebounds, but it’s tough to get offensive boards when you are not getting shot opportunities because of turnovers.” Hulke explained.
The Indians scored just 13 points in the first half and 22 in the second. No player saw double digits in the scoring column. Wabasso walked away with a convincing 55-35 victory.
“We are obviously in a big slump right now and we need our leaders to step up. Too many girls have varsity experience on this team for us to fold in the middle of the year.” Hulke concluded on Friday night’s game.
The Indians then took to the court against the St. Mary’s Knights in a physical battle on Monday night.
The first half started slow. With just one minute remaining in the first half of play, the total combined points for both teams were a mere 23.
Things picked up in the final 60 seconds of the half leading to a 20-12 score as the buzzer sounded ending the first half of play.
The second half was a battle of determination on both sides, seeing the lead trade sides multiple times down the stretch.
With just over six minutes remaining, Sleepy Eye had battled their way back into the lead.
The Knights however weren’t budging, and ultimately regained the lead on a Maddy Helget shot with three minutes and change remaining.
Despite many opportunities for the Indians to put points on the board in the closing minutes, the shots didn’t find their way into the net. The Knights walked away with a 46-40 victory.
“A very physical game throughout with both teams playing hard on the defensive side, which made the offense hard to come by,” St. Mary’s head coach Bruce Woitas commented.
“We had our chance to close the game out from the foul line, but hit 2-12 in the last two minutes and still hung in there for the win.” Woitas concluded.
Page 2 of 2 - The St. Mary’s Knights now move to 10-6 on the season while Sleepy drops to 8-7.
“We got a lot of open looks we just couldn’t hit open shots. We shot just 20 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line. We had a couple shots at the end to pull with two or three we just couldn’t get them to go,” head coach Ryan Hulke commented.
Leading the scoring for the Knights were Maddy Helget with 16 and Jessica Schmitz with 13.
The point leaders for the Indians were Sydney Remus with 18 and Claire Krumbach with 14.