The Sleepy Eye girls basketball team has won two of its past three games.
On Jan. 10, the Indians were on the road where they took on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop. It was a low scoring first half, as both teams struggled with their shooting while doing well on defense. Specifically, Sleepy Eye did a nice job holding the Tomahawk Conference’s leading scorer Halley Busse to just two points in the first. Both teams ended with 22 points to end the first half.
In the second, the Indians allowed Busse to score 18 points which gave the Thunderbirds a small lead. However, Sleepy Eye responded with about just as many baskets which kept the game close. In the final minutes, the Indians made some three pointers to try and quickly catch up. But in the end it was one point which separated the two teams as GFW went on to win 53-52.
Sleepy Eye Coach Ryan Hulke said his team failed to make too many shots from the outside.
“Looking back at our shot chart we only made three shots outside of the paint and two of those were three pointers in the last three minutes,” Hulke said. “So we obviously need to shoot better.”
Junior McKayla Ahlrich made 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Indians. Sophomore Josie Schieffert recorded a double-double, with 12 points and 14 rebounds. She also had two steals and eight blocks. Meanwhile, Justine Gonzalez and Sarah Ibarra added seven points each. Senior Claire Krumbach had five points, eight rebounds, three assists, and four blocks.
On Jan. 13, Sleepy Eye hosted St. James Area, where the Indians dominated 70-46.
It was a fairly equal start to the game, as both sides quickly got some points on the board. The Indians were physical on defense, forcing many turnovers by the Saints. Sleepy Eye made a late push at the end of the first which resulted in several unanswered points which led to a 42-31 lead at half. Sleepy Eye’s defense was near impenetrable in the second half, as it held St. James to just 15 points.
Eighth grader Madison Heiderscheidt made her varsity debut in the game and put up four points, three rebounds, four assists, and led in steals with three. Eighth grader Sarah Ibarra also had a nice game, scoring 13 points along with six rebounds and two assists.
Hulke said he was proud of the way all of his girls played in the game.
Page 2 of 2 - “It was definitely a team win,” Hulke said. “We had four games this week so I wanted to get a ton of minutes in for everybody. I put some younger girls in with some girls that have experience and they definitely did well.”
Schieffert led the Indians under the basket with 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. Ahlrich was next at 11 points and eight rebounds. Krumbach added 10 points and four rebounds, while Kaylee Hillmer and Alicia Ibarra combined for eight points.
On Jan. 14, Sleepy Eye hosted Buffalo Lake-Hector Stewart where the Indians won 64-44. Schieffert led the team with 14 points. The Indians are now 9-6 overall.