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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Indians fall to Bulldogs in quarterfinal game

  • Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity’s quickness got the best of the Sleepy Eye Public girls at the Section 2A quarterfinal on March 6.
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  • Lester Prairie/
    Holy Trinity 85,
    Sleepy Eye Public 67
     
    Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity’s quickness got the best of the Sleepy Eye Public girls at the Section 2A quarterfinal on March 6.
     
    It was a great start for the Indians at Mankato West High School but it turned ugly in a hurry. Sleepy Eye kicked things off with a 7-0 lead before the Bulldogs stormed back and took the lead, which they held on to for the rest of the game. The Indians, who struggled with free throws the game before, continued to shoot poorly from the line. Offensively, Sleepy Eye was forced to make a lot of outside shots which weren’t going in. After a 10 point lead favoring LP/HT, a 3-pointer from eighth-grader Madison Heiderscheidt brought the score to 32-37. The Indians were able to end the first half on a high note after throwing in one more basket to bring the score to 34-37 at halftime.
     
    The second half belonged to the Bulldogs. Lester Prairie effectively used its speed to grab turnovers and run past Sleepy Eye’s struggling defense numerous times. Meanwhile, the Indians were scrambling to keep up but were held back as the Bulldog defense was too strong to get by. Sleepy Eye struggled to grab rebounds on both ends as they trailed by over 10 points for most of the half. The Indians got a small momentum boost halfway through after cutting their deficit to 10, but Lester Prairie’s offense did not let up.
     
    “I thought Lester Prairie played very well on the offensive end throughout the game,” Sleepy Eye Coach Ryan Hulke said. “I tried to play zone and man and neither seemed to slow them down.”
     
    The Indians relied on sophomore Josie Schieffert to rack up the points under the basket. Schieffert recorded a double-double after scoring a game-high 21 points along with 17 rebounds, along with three blocks. Behind her was senior Claire Krumbach, who put in 18 points in the final game of her career. Meanwhile, junior Justine Gonzalez put in nine points and had six rebounds. Eighth-graders Sarah Ibarra and Heiderscheidt combined for 13 points and eight rebounds. Heiderscheidt led in steals with three.
     
    Sleepy Eye ends its season with a winning record of 16-10 overall.
     

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