The Indians picked up their first conference win of the season over Cedar Mountain and fell to Wabasso at home Tuesday. Coach Hulke looks to keep his team together as the team enters the final stretch of the season.
Cedar Mountain 39
The Indians have come close in recent Tomahawk Conference matchups in the last week, but failed to take home the victory. That changed last Friday night in Morgan. The Indians traveled to Morgan to take on the Cedar Mountain Cougars and enjoyed a bus ride back home with a win.
The Indians defeated the Cougars in tune of a 55-39 score. Coach Ryan Hulke was happy with the open looks his team got Friday night. “We made the game fast and got a lot of shots up,” he said. “It didn’t matter if they were in man or zone, we got looks and scored 39 first half points.” Hulke also had his team slow the pace a bit in the second half to limit Cedar Mountain’s opportunities in the second half. The Indians scored 26 points off of turnovers in the ball game while also having 24 offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points.
The Indians were again led by senior Madi Krueger with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Brittney Dittbenner added 10 points with seven assists. Paige Romberg rounded out the scoring sheet for the Indians with 13. Senior Macy Schenk led the team in rebounds with 15.
The Indians looked to avenge a loss from earlier in the season where the Indians traveled to Wabasso in the conference season opener back in November where the Rabbits defeated the Indians rather handily behind Jenna Frank and Maddy Guetter.
The top-ranked Rabbits continued their roll and defeated the Indians 67-40. The Indians and Rabbits exchanged buckets early in the contest, but the Rabbits found their groove and cruised to victory. Wabasso was led by Allie Fenger with 16 points. Leading Sleepy Eye was senior Paige Romberg with 15 points.
The Indians are now 5-9 on the season and 1-6 in conference play. Coach Hulke acknowledges his team’s tough stretch coming up with St. Mary’s, GFW, Redwood, and MVL twice in the coming weeks. “We just need to stay together and keep getting better day after day and know that late Feb. and March matter.”