The Sleepy Eye Public girls basketball team won one and lost one over its past two games.
On Dec. 16, the Indians traveled to Martin Luther to take on the Knights. Sleepy Eye out-scored Martin Luther 28-22 in the first half, and 22-21 in the second to take the game 50-43. Despite the win, Indians coach Ryan Hulke said it was a sloppy game.
“Well we proved Monday night we can gut out a win and we can win ugly,” Hulke said. “We just couldn’t get any flow offensively and defensively to get us going. I tried every defense we had along with defenses we haven’t even practiced yet to pick up the pace, but we just couldn’t get stops or deep outlet passes to run the floor.”
Justine Gonzalez led the team with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Behind her was Madison Heiderscheidt who had 11 points, and eight steals. Meanwhile, Josie Schieffert had nine points and nine rebounds, Kaylee Hillmer had six points and two rebounds, and Claire Krumbach had five points, seven rebounds, two steals, and three blocks.
On Dec. 17, the girls were back on home court where they took on Minnesota Valley Lutheran. The Indians took an early lead to start the game and had a steady lead throughout the first half. The Chargers quickly caught up as they capitalized on a few turnovers while Sleepy Eye’s offense began to slow down. MVL took the lead for the first time at 25-24 with three minutes left in the first, and had a 29-26 halftime lead.
Numerous fouls were called throughout the game, which raised the intensity of not only the players and coaches but the fans as well. Many were questioning the play calls made by the officials, but the score remained close nonetheless.
The Chargers continued to strike offensively with solid passing and several easy shots under the hoop. It was the opposite situation for the Indians offense, as it struggled to make plays under the basket. MVL’s defense forced many failed passes from Sleepy Eye which gave the Chargers the advantage.
Krumbach gave her team some momentum after she made two shots in a row to make it a 34-39 game, but MVL responded with some baskets of its own. In the final minute, Schieffert scored off a nice rebound which made it a four-point game at 55-59. But with only 47 seconds remaining, the Indians were forced to foul and the Chargers made most of their free throws. Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye wasn’t able to put anymore points on the board as MVL showed solid defense. The Chargers went on to win 64-55.
Krumbach led the team with 14 points and four steals, while both Gonzales and McKayla Ahlrich each had 12 points. Ahlrich also recorded 10 rebounds on the night, and Gonzales made five rebounds and three steals. Finally, Schieffert had 11 points and 10 rebounds.