The Indians girls basketball team spent some time on the road, putting two wins in their pocket, starting Thursday, Jan. 11 at Winthrop.

The Indians girls basketball team spent some time on the road, putting two wins in their pocket, starting Thursday, Jan. 11 at Winthrop.

Sleepy Eye 56

GFW 32

Sleepy Eye came back motivated after their hometown victory over St. Mary’s and subjected the Thunderbirds to their second lowest scoring game of the season—keeping them boxed in at 32 points. In the first half, the Indians took charge, with a 23-16 lead by halftime, after coming back from a nine point deficit at 9-0. “I am extremely happy of our defensive mind set here in Winthrop,” said coach Ryan Hulke. “That has always been a tough gym for us to win in.”

The Thunderbirds had no response and Sleepy Eye hooped another 33 points in the game. "This was a big conference win for our basketball team,” Hulke said. “We are now tied with GFW at 6-1 on top of the conference and it's solely on us now to take care of business to win back to back to back conference championships."

Madi Heiderscheidt led for the Indians with 19 points, seven steals and four assists. Brianna Polesky added 11 points, six assists and four steals. Sarah Ibarra grabbed 11 rebounds and got four assists.

Sleepy Eye 63

NRHEG 42

Next, Sleepy Eye hit the road for the Hayfield Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13, taking on the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers.

The Indians took home another win—by 21 over the Panthers.

“We drew NRHEG, who took 3rd in the Class AA state tournament last year. They returned their 6'4" center who is averaging 27 points, 15 rebounds,” said Hulke. “I thought we did a nice job for the most part in controlling her touches and we were able to hold her to 20 points overall and I think 6-8 were on offensive rebounds.”

Heiderscheidt led with 24 points and six assists. Brianna Polesky put up 16 points with five steals, five assists, as well as six rebounds.

Sleepy Eye 60

Springfield 43

The Indians hosted the Springfield Tigers Tuesday night, adding the Tigers to their pile of defeated teams.

In spite of being short Ibarra Tuesday, the Indians cut out an 11-point lead in the first half. Heiderscheidt and McKenzie Cselovszki led the way on the board in the first half. Heiderscheidt pelted out six field goals and a three while Cselovszki played physical to get on the free throw line and sink seven of ten shots. “For being 5’8”, McKenzie knows how to use her body to get where she needs to be,” Hulke said. “You have to when your 5’8” and she’s always been good at that.”

Tigers sophomore, Sydney Hauger, put up the most fight—giving her team 14 of their 20 points in the half.

In the second half, Cselovszki again was a key part in the offensive maneuvers. Every time Heiderscheidt looked for her, there she was—under the hoop, cutting a hole in the Tigers screen. “When Madi’s driving, I know to be opposite of her,” Cselovszki said. “If she’s not open, I know she’s going to dish it over to me. I’m always reading the point guard.”

Heiderscheidt herself put 11 more points towards the cause before an injury took her off the board for Sleepy Eye. Short now two starters, the Indians rocked out a tight defense, keeping the Tigers from using the loss of momentum to run a comeback.

“I’m really happy with how we finished, even without Madi or Sarah,” Hulke said. “We really picked it up defensively at the end there.”

In spite of sitting out the final moments of the game, Heiderscheidt led with 27 points and five steals. Cselovszki had a big night with 20 points, 9 rebounds.

The Indians host the Wabasso Rabbits Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.