Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 60
Sleepy Eye Public, 40
Finding themselves in the same situation as last year and looking for another playoff season of "Upset City," the Sleepy Eye Indian girl's basketball team was unable to pick up a win against the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers in postseason play. The MVL Chargers avenged last year's buzzer-winning loss against the Indians with a huge win. Tuesday, Feb. 26 was the end of the basketball season for many of the Indian girls, but every player except for senior Tia Cselovszki will return to play again next year. The young Indian squad has a bright future, and will only lose two players in the next two years.
The Indians started the game out with the lead at 5-0, but MVL answered with six of its own points. The lead shifted a little, but then MVL took control with a three-point shot making the game 11-9. The Chargers led the game at that point. The Indians struggled to stay in the game in the first half, especially after Josie Schieffert left the court due to an injury in the middle of play.
That was a huge loss for the Indians, especially since Schieffert was leading the scoring with 11 points in the first half.
The second half was the turning point for the Sleepy Eye Indians, letting go of the hope of upsetting the MVL Chargers team this year. Sleepy Eye fell to the MVL Chargers at a score of 60-40. Head coach Ryan Hulke looks forward to the future of the squad, "I am very proud of our effort Tuesday night. MVL is mostly seniors and juniors, and we fought all night with them. They wanted to push us around because we are such a young team, but we pushed right back. I hope the girls remember what this game was like come next November because we need to play with this mentality every game. Unfortunately, we lose our lone senior Tia Cselovski. Tia is a great example of what a teammate and leader really is. She has never once complained about playing time or her role within our team."
12 points, 7 rebounds
11 points, 7 rebounds