The Indians travel to BLHS looking to avenge a 60-57 loss earlier in the season and rebound with a home game against the Knights Monday night.
After defeating the Cedar Mountain Cougars for their first conference win of the season on Jan. 11, the Indians girls’ basketball team finds themselves on a three-game losing streak. The Indians have fallen to the 13-3 Wabasso Rabbits, No. 1 seeded Redwood Valley Cardinals of Section 3AA, and current three seed in Section 2A North, MVL.
Coming off the loss against MVL, coach Hulke looks to clean up the turnovers that plagued the Indians in the second half. "First half we played as hard as we have all year, we rebounded, we got on the floor, and we fought with them," he says proudly. "The second half we got relaxed and got lazy with the basketball." Hulke says the team needs to start scoring the basketball, but the team also needs to improve on its' 35% turnover rate.
The Indians travel to BLHS to take on the Mustangs in which they hope to avenge a 60-57 loss earlier in the season on Dec. 11. The Indians know the task ahead of them as they had a 28-5 lead in that game vanish to a 34-30 lead at halftime, only to fall 60-57.
Friday night’s game could have a large impact on playoff seeding as each team should be in contention for the 5/6 seeds. Both Sleepy Eye and BLHS defeated current six seed Cleveland earlier in the season.
Coach Hulke looks for the Indians to contain BLHS junior Sara Kottke, who just had a 50-point game last week in a 69-52 victory over Cedar Mountain. Kottke also finished that game with 15 rebounds. Sara eclipsed 1,000 career points in the matchup against the Indians in December. Kottke currently holds the Mustangs all-time rebound record and will only add to that as her career continues. Kottke averages 25.8 points per game while averaging 12.9 rebounds per contest.
Following BLHS Friday night, the Indians will host crosstown St. Mary’s in a matchup that is sure to fill the stands. The Knights have recently fallen to Red Rock Central and Sibley East while throttling Cedar Mountain and New Ulm Cathedral. St. Mary’s currently holds a 13-4 record overall and are 9-1 in the Tomahawk Conference. Coach Ryan Hulke wants to see more of an effort from his girls in the upcoming game. “If we give an effort this time around, anything can happen,” he says. “I felt like we went into the previous game already beat and looking forward to the next one.”