A preview for the Sleepy Eye girls basketball team game against MI-B.

Girls Class A State Basketball

Sleepy Eye v Mt. Iron-Buhl

March 17th at Mariucci Arena 3 p.m.

 

Sleepy Eye Indians

Record: (28-2, 16-0)

Last 10 Games: 10-0

Last Game: Defeated GHEC/T 59-46 (Section 2A  Finals)

 

Key Players:

Alicia Ibarra - 8.8 PPG, 2.6 APG, 3.2 SPG

Sarah Ibarra - 11.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.7 SPG

Josie Schieffert - 12.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG

Brianna Polesky - 10.3 PPG, 36.1 percent 3FG

 

Mt. Iron-Buhl

Record: (28-2, 6-0)

Last 10 Games: (9-1)

Last Game: Defeated Floodwood 70-38 (Section 7A Finals)

 

Key Players:

Chelsea Mason - 19.5 PPG

Mya Buffeta - 14.7 PPG

Mary Burke - 14.3 PPG



Last State Appearances:

Sleepy Eye - 2012

Mt. Iron-Buhl - 2015

 

Previous Meetings:

The Indians and Rangers met in the championship game at the Mt. Iron-Buhl Holiday Classic back on Dec. 29.

 

Mt. Iron-Buhl 73, Sleepy Eye 49

A hot start for the Indians got wiped away as the Rangers became unconscious from three-point range in the second half.

The Indians led 19-7 in the early point of the first half, but the Rangers cut into the lead before halftime as the Indians held the lead at 28-26.

The second half was all Rangers as the shots began to fall as they knocked down 11 of their 13 3-pointers in the second half alone on their way to victory.

“Wednesday afternoon we were fantastic on the defensive end the first half,” Hulke said. “Our communication and desire to contest shots was unbelievable and we went into halftime up two. We were able to stick with them until we got tired and in a bit of foul trouble, and then they made their run hitting 11 second half threes.”



  Game Preview:

The Rangers are coming into the state tournament with their sixth straight state tournament appearance and eight total in school history. The Indians are making just their second trip to the state tournament and this first since 2012. The two also met in Sleepy Eye’s only other state tournament appearance in 2012 with MI-B winning 50-31.

Chelsea Mason, a 2,000 point scorer, comes into the game as one the state’s best 3-point shooter. The Indians will need to know where she is at all times and make sure to finish off any misses with a rebound.

Hulke has been very good at adjustments throughout the season so there’s no reason to think he won’t have a plan to slow down the Rangers high scoring offense.

 

Keys To The Game For Sleepy Eye:

Be aggressive defensively but don’t foul

The Indians pressure gave the Rangers fits early in the first time these two teams met. If the Indians, who love to put on pressure and create turnovers, can force some early turnovers and turn them into easy baskets, an upset wouldn’t be shocking.  They will have to be careful about foul trouble again though. If Polesky can’t go with a sprained ankle or isn’t 100 percent, the Indians depth is as deep as it has been all season long.

 

Remember what got you there

It’s a simple formula that helped the Indians get to this point this season. Aggressive defense and balanced scoring are two big things the Indians must continue to do to pull of a win. Just because they got here, doesn’t mean they can stop doing what got them there. Stay in the moment and play their style of the game and you never know what can happen.