The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Indians sneak past Springfield in overtime

  • It was an exciting night at Sleepy Eye Public School as the Indians defeated Springfield in an overtime thriller to advance to the Section 2A quarterfinals.
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  • Sleepy Eye Public 75,
    Springfield 74
    It was an exciting night at Sleepy Eye Public School as the Indians defeated Springfield in an overtime thriller to advance to the Section 2A quarterfinals.
    Both teams started the night with a high amount of energy as the bleachers were filled to the max with cheering fans. After a 10-10 tie to start, Sleepy Eye pulled away and took a healthy 10 point lead. The Indians passed and shot well in the first which led them to the 39-33 advantage at halftime.
    The Tigers wasted no time to begin the second half. Springfield capitalized on a few mistakes made by Sleepy Eye and took a 44-43 lead. However, eighth-grader Madison Heiderscheidt made two straight baskets to regain the lead along with the momentum. Senior Claire Krumbach added to the lead with a 3-pointer followed by a basket by McKayla Ahlrich to bring the score to 58-51. Despite the lead, the Tigers caught up in a hurry after the Indians were struggling to make free throws. With two minutes left in the game, Heiderscheidt made a 3-pointer to take a 67-66 lead. She then made a steal and was fouled on the way to the basket, but missed both of her free throws. Seconds later, Heiderscheidt stole another and was fouled again, and this time she made one free throw to make it 68-66 with 30 seconds left.
    “Maddie Heiderscheidt was outstanding for us,” Sleepy Eye Coach Ryan Hulke said. “She’s an eighth grader playing the biggest game of her life and she was outstanding tonight so much credit to her.”
    After Springfield scored a point on a foul, junior Justine Gonzalez made a free throw of her own before the Tigers made a layup in the final seconds to tie the score at 69 to end regulation.
    Both teams failed to score to start overtime, and after back-and-forth leads the score was tied at 72 with 40 seconds left. The Indians were given the ball due to a carrying violation made by Springfield, and Krumbach made a basket to take the lead. However, The Tigers tied it up again, this time with six-and-a-half seconds left. Krumbach struck again, making 1-of-2 free throws to grab the 75-74 lead, and Springfield failed to get a shot off in the final seconds which ended the game.
    Sleepy Eye went 13-of-36 in free throw attempts in the game, something of which the Indians aren’t used to.
    “We went from the best free throw shooting team in the conference statistically to probably the worst,” Hulke said. “Credit to the girls, they stuck with it, battled down. Defensively we weren’t so good tonight but we did enough to win down the stretch.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Gonzalez led with 20 points and four steals on the night, while Krumbach made 19 points along with nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Behind them was Heiderscheidt, who put in 15 points and led in steals with eight. Ahlrich added nine points and five rebounds, while Schieffert had eight points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.
    Sleepy Eye moves on to play in the Section 2A North quarterfinals on March 6, where it will play Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity at 8 p.m. at Mankato West.
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