Sleepy Eye Public 58, Cleveland 52
After she claimed six rebounds against Cleveland on Dec. 19, senior Claire Krumbach now holds the school record for career rebounds in girls basketball.
Krumbach, who was named KNUJ’s Player of the Week in girls basketball, surpassed the record last Thursday when the Indians traveled to Cleveland. Krumbach now has a total of 1,218 career rebounds. The previous record holder was Tammy Meyer, with 1,214. The record might not be broken again for quite some time, as Krumbach has 17 more games in the regular season to add to her total. Not to mention, Krumbach also has a chance to break the school record in career points, as she is only 126 points behind Sydney Remus, the current record holder.
It was a tight game on Dec. 19, as the Clippers wasted no time putting points on the board. Senior Taylor Holicky led Cleveland with 16 points in the first half alone. But the Indians responded with almost just as many buckets of their own, down by just one point at half time, 27-28.
Sleepy Eye stepped up in the second half and out-scored the Clippers 31-24. Coach Ryan Hulke said his team did a great job defending against Holicky in the second half.
“In the second half we picked up our pressure and didn’t allow them to get into their half court ball screen game and that allowed us to make a run in the end to pick up a win along with holding Holicky to just three second half points,” Hulke said.
Sophomore Josie Schieffert led the Indians with a double-double, after she scored a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. She also had three blocks. Behind her was Justine Gonzalez, who had 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Meanwhile, Krumbach had 11 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Hulke said the trio played a crucial role throughout the game in claiming the win.
“Josie and Claire did a nice job scoring from the block and attacking their six-foot post,” Hulke said. “While Justine had an absolutely huge three [point] play with 50 seconds left to give us a two point lead and we hit free throws to end it.”
Sleepy Eye moves to 4-4 overall, and will take on Elkton-Lake Benton on Dec. 28 at Southwest State University.