The Sleepy Eye Indians girls’ basketball team traveled to St. Peter High School to play the BOLD Warriors in a Section 2A quarterfinal game on Friday, Mar. 3.

The Sleepy Eye Indians girls’ basketball team traveled to St. Peter High School to play the BOLD Warriors in a Section 2A quarterfinal game on Friday, Mar. 3.

Sleepy Eye 69

BOLD 55

The Indians’ Sarah Ibarra set off the game with a three-pointer in the opening moments. “We practiced for three hours,” Ibarra said. “All we did was practice and watch film. We were prepared for this.”

In the beginning of the game the Warriors kept pace with the Indians, tying things up at 13-13 before the Indians made the break away that the Warriors never recovered from. After Indian Brianna Polesky sank two free throws, teammate Jaidyn McGee got the turnover from the Warriors. McGee sent it to McKenzie Cselovszki, who shot in the paint, putting the Indians ahead by ten points at 28-18.

Polesky got more time at the free throw line, and Madison Heiderscheidt put in a layup off of a steal. “We felt really prepared,” Heiderscheidt said. “We scouted really well and knew their stuff.”

Warrior Emily Gass interrupted the Indians run, sinking three pointers and grabbing rebounds. In the first half she was the Indians biggest threat. Ibarra put up two free throws, Polesky got a layup, and the Indians were up 32-19. Heiderscheidt dropped a free throw into the bucket. With time running out in the first half, Warrior Gass put in a three-pointer. The half ended at 33-24, Indians.

“The team played an awesome first half,” said Indians head coach Ryan Hulke. “We kept them to two offensive rebounds, which is unheard of. We got a little slow at the end, and got into some foul trouble, but we came back from it.”

In the second half, Ibarra and Heiderscheidt kicked things off with two points each. Warrior Makenna Steffel came back with a layup and found her pace getting 12 points in the second half.

After Steffel’s layup the Indians went on a run, kicked off by Mya Ibberson with a shot inside the paint. Heiderscheidt went to run in a layup, and got time at the free throw line instead, sinking both shots, and Ibberson scored again. Senior M’Kayla Mike entered the game, making key passes and scoring two points to put the Indians up, 45-26.

“I give a lot of credit to M’Kayla and Madi K.,” said Hulke. “They’ve stuck with us all year, and come off the bench when we needed them to, and gave us that fire. They deserve all the credit in the world.”

Polesky got the ball and put up a three-pointer before the Warriors took control. The Warriors had a brief moment of hope, going on an eight-point run, before Ibberson scored again. The Indians led 50-34.

The Warriors made a few more pushes, but it wasn’t enough to bring down the lead the Indians had built. Ibberson, Ibarra and Heiderscheidt continued to keep the score out of the Warriors reach. “It came down to effort,” Heiderscheidt said. “We wanted it more.”

With under two minutes on the clock, Mike got two free throws, putting the Indians up, 69-53. Warrior Steffel got two free throws, but the Indians got the game.

The Indians were led by Heiderscheidt with 15 points and three steals. Ibarra scored 14 points and got six steals. Polesky put up 11 points followed by Mike with 10 points, three steals and three assists.

With the win over BOLD, the lady Indians earned a trip to Gustavus for the Subsection 2A Championship game.