The Indian and Thunderbird girls played a raw scrap against one another Tuesday night at the Indians home gym.

The Indian and Thunderbird girls played a raw scrap against one another Tuesday night at the Indians home gym.

Sleepy Eye 57

GFW 34

The Indians and the T-Birds both struggled to send up shots that counted. In spite of that, Mya Ibberson and Madi Heiderscheidt did put 21 points on the board combined, in the first half.

“We just couldn’t pull away,” Coach Ryan Hulke said. “We got up and they came right back. We had some bad turnovers that allowed them to go on runs.”

Nine fouls were given up in the first half by Sleepy Eye, allowing the T-Birds a chance to keep up. They knocked down 10 free throws. With time running out, the Thunderbirds went on a six-point run, near catching up at 32-27.

“At halftime we made some adjustments to know where they were at and locate their best shooters,” said Hulke. “They came out with no energy but things picked.”

In the second half, after a rough opening, Brianna Polesky set down a layup and went on to rack up two treys, reinvigorating the Indians and bringing back some confident offensive movement. “Coach talked to us about committing on the defensive end and that’s what we did,” Polesky said.

“Bri broke the ice for us and got things going for us and let us have that 10-0 run,” Hulke said. “We just have to find our offensive identity.”

Heiderscheidt and Sarah Ibarra got fouled three times at the end of the half and made GFW pay by not missing a shot for another six points. Ibberson fouled ou, but it was to late for GFW and the Indians scraped by with a win.

Hulke feels confident the Indians will be ready for the playoffs right around the corner. “We fortunately have eight seniors and they know when it’s time to go—you have to get out there and go. We’re going to straighten this train out and get going,” he said.

Madi Heiderscheidt led the pack with 23 points, five assists, five rebounds and got 100 percent on her free throws. Polesky shot 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Indians play at Springfield Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.