The Indians girls basketball team hosted the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars Friday, Dec. 15. to a defeat.

The Indians girls basketball team hosted the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars Friday, Dec. 15. to a defeat.

Sleepy Eye 59

CMC 39

Defense is something Sleepy Eye is excelling at across the board. Starters and second strings have kept the screens tight buying the offensive players a buffer to get things done. The home game against CMC was a great example of this. Sleepy Eye forced turnovers throughout the entirety of the game. Polesky led the scoring with a three pointer for the Indians.

The Cougars stayed within 6 points of the Indians until they broke away in the first half taking a 10 point lead and holding it to the clock. At halftime the Indians were up 30-20 with Madi Heiderscheidt shooting 17 points and Polesky sinking two three-pointers.

“Offensively we were sparked by our defense which created easy opportunities for us on the other end and I think that’s when we are at our best,” said coach Ryan Hulke.

In the second half Hanna Himmelman put up two three-pointers and Polesky sunk another one as well. Defensively the Indians kept the Cougars confined to 19 points. Free throws also came to make the difference with the Indians shooting nine of 14.

On offense Heiderscheidt led with 24 points total, five steals and four assists. Brianna Polesky got 10 points, five rebounds and five steals. McKenzie Cselovszki shot seven points and got nine rebounds.

Sleepy Eye 54

Nicollet 47

The Indians got on the road for a double header at Nicollet on Monday. The Raiders treated the Indians to a close game that could and did go either way throughout the night.

In the first half Nicollet built a lead and gave the Indians something to fight against. Raider Junior Grace Dehen was the biggest threat to Sleepy Eye pelting out four three-pointers as well as sinking both of her free throws. The Indians also struggled with everyone fouling once in the first half except Mya Ibberson.

“I give Nicollet a lot of credit for coming out and pressuring us at the 3 point line,” Hulke said. “We weren’t able to hit shots early and they did which gave them a half time lead.”

In the second the Indians came out a different team and began knocking down the 28-17 deficit they were in. Himmelman, Polesky and Heiderscheidt all contributed three’s to the cause. Madison Krueger sunk three free throws as well. With the clock running down the Raiders tied things up at 44-44. The Indians made a final push making more aggressive moves to steal. Heiderscheidt scored on two free throws, Krueger sunk a layup in the final moments of the game sealing the 54-47 win.

“After half we established our defense a bit more and that led to turnovers and easily points on the other end,” said Hulke. “I’m glad we battled and made plays late in the game to get out of there with a win.”

Heiderscheidt led with 22 points. Ibberson was everywhere with seven points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Polesky got nine points.

The Indians travel to Goodhue Thursday, Dec. 28 for a tournament.