at St. Mary’s
St. Mary’s 23 28 51
MVL 35 39 74
Carter Currans 16pts 5 reb
Blake Steffensmeier 7 pts
Brandon Wait 6 pts 7 reb
Nick Labat 5 pts 4 reb
Michael Sloot 5 pts
Dallas Bauer 5 pts
2-pt FG 11/28 39%
3-pt FG 8/21 38%
FT 5/7 71%
2-pt FG 21/49 43%
3-pt FG 9/22 41%
FT 5/12 42%
at Sleepy Eye
Coach’s Comments (Bruce Woitas): It was a slow first half for us. We did not move well and only put upu 15 points. We found energy in the second half and fought our way back for our first lead with under a minute to go.
Coach’s Comments (Ryan Hulke):
In Saturdays Hayfield Showcase we drew NRHEG who took 3rd in the Class AA state tournament last year. They returned their 6’4″ Center who is averaging 27pts, 15 reb. I Thought we did a nice job for the most part in controlling her touches and we were able to hold her to 20 points overall and I think 6-8 were on offensive rebounds. When we are a small team sometimes we can only do so much against some her size. I really liked the way Mya made her work to get shots in addition to Mya collecting three blocks against her on shot opportunities. Obviously our strength is at our guard spots for the most part and I thought our guards did a nice job of pressuring their so they just couldn’t look into the post and throw it high. We forced NRHEG into a lot of turnovers in the full and half court.
On the Week, we had a big time week and a week we needed to have from a conference stand point. Wins over teams at the top of the conference Tuesday and Thursday is exactly what we needed and then to go to Hayfield and play another quality opponent as one of six Class A state ranked teams there was a good win also. Looking at the long term we are at the top of our conference and section and seem to be play more consistently now then we have all season.
Madi Heiderscheidt 24 points, 6 assists
Brianna Polesky 16 points, 5 steals, 5 assists, 6 rebounds
McKenzie Cselovszki 10 points
Sleepy Eye is now 12-3 and host Tuesday Springfield
23-16 at Half
Coach’s Comments (Ryan Hulke):
I am extremely happy of our defensive mind set Thursday night in Winthrop. That has always been a tough gym for us to win in. I thought going into the game we had a good game plan on the defensive end and the girls executed it wonderfully. GFW actually got out to a 9-0 lead and we held them to seven points the rest of the half and then only 16 more in the second half. For a team that averages 59 points a game, I am again very pleased with our effort.
Brianna Polesky and McKenzie Cselovszki had timely baskets in the first and second half respectfully which allowed us to break open our lead a bit more each time.
This was a big conference win for our basketball team. We are now tied with GFW at 6-1 on top of the conference and it’s solely on us now to take care of business to win back to back to back conference championships.
Madi Heiderscheidt 19 points, 7 steals and 4 assists
Brianna Polesky 11 points, 6 assists and 4 steals
Sarah ibarra 11 rebounds and 4 assists
Sleepy Eye is now 11-3 overall, 5-1 in Conference (tied with GfW for first) and plays at Hayfield Saturday vs NRHEG
at St. Mary’s
Sleepy Eye Coach’s Comments (Ryan Hulke):
We obviously came out and did everything we wanted to do to grab a 20-3 lead after the first eight minutes but then foul trouble kicked in once again and that limited some things we can do on both ends. I give the St. Mary’s kids a lot of credit, for being a young team as some spots they battled their way back and got within two at halftime. Again to start the second half we jumped out and got a ten point lead or so and a couple girls picked up their fourth to limit us. We need to understand what the officials are calling. Early in the game I understand a dumb a foul here or there, but in the second half we need to stop handcuffing yourselves and be a smarter basketball team.” Luckily down the stretch we made plays to keep a four to eight point lead throughout and got a tough win at home.
The one thing I maybe most disappointed in, is how we finished the game. We are very experienced group and we can’t give other teams chances with turnovers, missed free throws or offense rebounds. But, to our credit that’s the first late game situation game we’ve been in all year so we will watch it and learn from it.
We are one game out of the conference lead and head to Winthrop Thursday to play a very good GFW team who is at the top of our conference. We need to be ready to go and face their physicality and size.
St. Mary’s Coach’s Comments (Bruce Woitas): I liked the heart we showed tonight, down 17 points early and to battle back like we did is a credit to our senior leadership. We had our chance but came up short.
Madi Heiderschiedt 26 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds
Brianna Polesky 9 points
McKenzie Cselovszki 8 points, 6 rebounds
Mya Ibberson 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks
Cassie Heinrichs 20
Mallory Helget 14
Madi Mathoweitz 12
Sleepy Eye is now 10-3 (5-1) and play at GfW Thursday
St. Mary’s is now 11-2 (4-2) and plays at MVL Friday