The Lady Knights powered by 26 points from Madison Mathiowetz advanced to the next round of the Section 2A North playoffs and will face MVL Friday night in St. Peter.
Heading into this game, the Sleepy Eye Indians had won five games in a row and were playing their best basketball of the season. They had momentum, but St. Mary’s, in the end, was too much to handle for the black and orange.
The last time the Knights and Indians squared off, the Indians knocked off the Knights 52-46 in their home gym. Indians coach Ryan Hulke knew the Knights would be a tougher contest in the comfort of their own gym.
In front of a packed house, the Knights jumped out to an early 13-5 lead. The Knights briefly extended their lead to 18-5 in part of a 7-0 run, forcing coach Hulke to call timeout.
Out of the timeout, Madi Krueger scored back to back buckets for the Indians to bring the Indians within 12 by a score of 25-13 with 4:11 to go in the first half. The Knights, however, showed enough power at the end of the first half to go on an 8-3 run to close it out as the teams jogged into the locker rooms as the Knights led 33-16.
Coming out of the half, the Indians began with a 10-4 run, but the Knights responded by continuing to pound the paint inside the lane and get to the free throw line. With six minutes expired in the second half, the Knights led the Indians 39-26.
After back-to-back threes by the Indians, the score was within reach with a ten point lead for the Knights. However, the Knights responded with a 6-0 run of their own to extend their lead back to 16 by a score of 45-29 with just over nine minutes to go in the game.
As time continued to run down in the contest, the Knights maintained ball control to kill the clock and came away with a 61-38 victory over the Indians.
The Indians say goodbye to four seniors led by Madi Krueger, Leslie Flores, Macy Schenk, and Paige Romberg. Krueger chipped in with 13 points to lead the Indians offensively.
St. Mary’s was led by freshman Madison Mathiowetz with 26 of the Knights 61 points. Sydney Windschitl added 13 points of her own.
The Knights will face the MVL Chargers Friday night at St. Peter High School. MVL defeated New Ulm Cathedral Tuesday night 70-60.