The number one seed Sleepy Eye Indians girls basketball team came off last Friday night’s 64-52 subsection playoff win over Cedar Mountain/Comfrey determined to keep the ride going. Tuesday night, March 6, they did just that with a 63-53 victory over number two seed BOLD.

Sleepy Eye 63   BOLD 53

The Section 2A north subsection final between Sleepy Eye and BOLD was played at Gustavus Adolphus College, with the winner slated for the Section championship game in Bresnan Arena at Minnesota State University - Mankato on Friday.

In the win over BOLD Tuesday night, Madi Heiderscheidt continued to add to her school record-breaking scoring total, with 19 points. She also notched six assists and five steals. Sarah Ibarra scored 16 points and got 10 rebounds. Brianna Polesky got 16 points, five rebounds and four steals. McKenzie Cselovszki got eight points, eight rebounds and a steal.

Brianna Weis led BOLD with 17 points and McKenna Steffel added 11. BOLD finishes the year at 23-6.

Coach Ryan Hulke said, “Coming into the game, BOLD had inches and physical size on us at every position, but we out-rebounded them by three and only gave up 10 offensive rebounds the whole night. We really talk about two things before every game—rebounds and turnovers—and for us to out-rebound them and only give the ball away 10 times is a recipe for success."

Friday night’s game at MSU pits the Indians against St. Clair, who ended the regular season atop the Valley Conference. With the number one seed, St. Clair came through the south subsection victorious — beating Springfield Tuesday night.

Hulke is pleased with his team and ready to keep going. “I am extremely proud of this group and how they've come together the last three weeks and will do whatever it takes to get a win and keep moving on,” he said. “We are unselfish and are playing within our roles—now we are one game away from the state tournament. We continue to just play with grit and we battle through other teams’ runs and stay mentally focused the whole game."

Now Hulke is watching film and getting ready for St. Clair. “Looking at the Section Finals Friday, we can't look at what we did vs. St. Clair in December, when we beat them by 31. They were a team just figuring out their system, their underclassman roles, and adding a transfer player. We need to come in with the same mindset we had Tuesday night, because once again, we are giving up a lot of size. It will be a battle until the end.”

Friday’s game against St. Clair starts at 6 p.m.