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