It was a sloppy first half for the Sleepy Eye Public girls basketball team on Dec. 29.

Elkton 65,

Sleepy Eye Public 51

It was a sloppy first half for the Sleepy Eye Public girls basketball team on Dec. 29.

The Indians traveled to Southwest State University where Elkton-Lake Benton executed in all forms in the non-conference match-up. Sleepy Eye Coach Ryan Hulke said the slow start, along with lack of ball possession, were key factors in the loss.

“Not starting strong and lots of turnovers finally caught up with us,” Hulke said. “We were able to pull out two wins last week not playing so well but we put ourselves in a big hole Saturday and couldn’t get out of it.”

The Indians defeated Martin Luther and Cleveland last week, but also had a 55-64 loss against conference rivals Minnesota Valley Lutheran. They are 1-3 in the Tomahawk Conference and now 4-5 overall.

“We were just not there mentally for whatever reason and with 40 plus turnovers we don’t give ourselves chances to win games,” Hulke said. “We can be a very good basketball team, but right now our level of play and turnovers are really hurting us. I think some changes and role checks are needed and luckily we have a couple days before school starts to make those.”

Elkton out-shot Sleepy Eye 44-24 in the first half. The Indians had a much better second half as they out scored Elkton 27-21, but the first half deficit was too much to come by.

Sophomore Josie Schiefert led Sleepy Eye with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks. Behind her was senior Claire Krumbach, who had a double-double as she recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, junior McKayla Ahlrich and eighth-grader Madison Heiderscheidt combined for 12 points, five rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Not to mention, eighth-grader Sarah Ibarra had 10 rebounds on the day.

The Indians will host Cedar Mountain/Comfrey on Jan. 3 but will first travel to Nicollet on Jan. 2 to take on the Raiders.