The Sleepy Eye Indians girls basketball team took on Wabasso's Rabbits on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The Sleepy Eye Indians girls basketball team took on Wabasso’s Rabbits on Thursday, Dec. 1. The game was a tough showing for the Indians as they struggled to maintain control of the tempo of the game.

Not only was this the Indians’ first conference game of the season, it was also the return of Madi Heiderscheidt to the court. Heiderscheidt, as readers may remember, tore her ACL last January. Sarah Ibarra also celebrated a comeback after successful foot surgery.

All in all, after the rough start to the game, a tough second half, and returning players, the Indians are definitely “Queens of the Comeback.”

The Rabbits had a very strong free-throw game that kept them neck-and-neck with the Indians’ ability to run plays and pass effectively. Mya Ibberson brought her power arms from volleyball for some very effective cross court passes. The Indians struggled to make free throws, and that hurt them in the first half of the game.

In the second half, the Rabbits made some significant errors and had a lot of fouls that ultimately dropped them behind by 10 points. Add to this, the Indians becoming more aggressive at the net, and the Rabbits’ fate was sealed at 64-52, Indians.

Heiderscheidt put in 24 points for her return game with three assists. Ibarra contributed 12 points of her own. Brianna Polesky added 10 points and three assists.

The Indians stand 3-0 for the season and will host BLH on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.