It’s no secret that the Indians came into the last three games as the clear underdog from a seeding standpoint, yet they have proved to everyone that they never deserved a 7th seed and are in fact a far better team than the number represents. In the last three games the Indians have single handedly knocked off the top three seeds.
When it comes to watching a great basketball game, tonight’s game between the Sleepy Eye Indians and Buffalo Lake/Hector/Stewart was it. Both teams came out to play, and the fans came out to cheer. And it was loud.
Sleepy Eye jumped out to an early lead and held that lead for much of the first half. This lead was helped by an 8-0 scoring run by the Indians midway through the first half of play. BLHS wasn’t going to give up that easily, however, and repayed the favor by going on a 15-0 run of their own and emerging on the upside of the, 21-27 score as the first half came to a close.
As the second half of play began, BLHS continued putting up numbers and just four minutes into the second half, had what would be their largest lead of the game with a nine point, 34-25 lead over the Indians.
It was now the Indian’s time to repay the favor. It was actually Claire Krumbach’s time to repay the favor. While the rest of the team hit a fair number of shots, Krumbach had remained somewhat silent on the offensive end of the game having a mere two points in the game at this point. She took control of her game, found what worked and put up multiple inside shots.
“I wasn’t happy with my first half at all. I had a slow start. I knew I had to do something and stepped it up in the second half,” Krumbach commented after the game.
Step up she did, putting up a total of 13 points in the second half, topped only by Sydney Remus who had 14 in half number two.
Page 2 of 2 - From this point, the Indians held a nice 5 point, 54-49, lead with just over a minute to play leaving BLHS no choice but to foul. The Indians got it done from the line sinking six of six to seal the 60-56 victory and grow the excitement.
“I’m so excited! Our team finally pulled it off. We’ve worked so hard every day in practice. We never stopped fighting throughout the game and that makes me so proud of everyone on the team,” commented Carissa Hillmer after the game.
“Man, we battled. We battled hard. We went up 20-10 there and let them back in it with their 17-1 run at the end of the first half. We battled all night. Claire Krumbach came out hard in that second half. That was our difference. We needed her inside instead of us shooting three’s like we did in the first half. When Claire shows up to play, we’re a darn good team. Whether it’s Springfield of Saint Clair she’s going to have to show up Friday night,” First year coach, Ryan Hulke commented.
Leading the scoring effort for the Indians, by my count, were Sydney Remus with 22 points. Claire Krumbach put up 15 points. Carissa Hillmer and Jessica Busch added eight and seven, respectively.
The next game for the Indians will be against Springfield at 5 p.m. at Gustavus with the winner being crowned the Section 2A champ and earning a trip to the state tournament. Come out and show your support for our girls.
See the March 8 edition of the Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch for more game stats and notes.
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