The St. Mary's Knights and the Sleepy Eye Indians girls basketball teams played an entertaining and tightly contested game last Thursday. The Indians came away with a three-point victory to win 58-61, but the game was up for grabs until the final buzzer. The Indians were up by three at the half, but St. Mary's came out firing and built a 12 point lead with six minutes to go in the game. “We had the game in hand,” said St. Mary’s coach Bruce Woitas. “Give credit to Sleepy Eye. They rallied to win. Our shooting went cold. We missed shots and free throws and let them back into the game.” Finishing games has been a problem for the Knights all year and this game was no different. “We just need to finish games,” said Woitas. Maddy Helget once again paced St. Mary's with 20 points and Allison Woitas contributed 10 points in the loss.
“The girls deserve all the credit for getting this win,” said Ryan Hulke, Sleepy Eye coach. “We went into halftime up three, and St Mary’s came out on a 7-1 run and worked it up to a 12 point lead with around six minutes to go.” The Indians had a lot of foul trouble with their post players, Justine Gonzales and Claire Krumbach, each tagged with four fouls, but Hulke had no choice but to put them in with 6:30 to go in the game. “It’s lucky we only lost one of them, Justine, to five fouls. We were tied with 1:20 left and we had the ball. We finally took care of it for over a minute, and went inside out multiple times until Krumbach found an open Sydney Remus for a layup and the foul to put us up three and get the win.” The Indians ended the game on a 14-2 run. Jessica Busch collected five steals and converted them into layups.
20 points, 6 rebounds
Allison Woitas: 10 points, 11 rebounds,
4 steals, 4 assists
Nikki Carr: 8 points
Claire Krumbach: 17 points, 11 rebounds
Sydney Remus: 15 points, 12 rebounds
Jessica Busch: 10 points, 5 steals
St. Mary's overall record is 13-11 and 7-9 in the Tomahawk Conference. They have one non-conference game remaining, away at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Feb. 28.
Sleepy Eye is 14-10 overall and 7-9 in the Tomahawk Conference. Their last regular season game is a conference game at MVL.