SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye girls basketball team picked up its second win of the season Thursday night with a 52-40 victory over Cleveland in non-conference action.
It's the second victory of the week for the Indians, who started the season 0-6 after making a trip to the state tournament last season.
Claire Krumbach once again dominated for Sleepy Eye with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Alicia Ibarra had eight points and six rebounds while Josie Schieffert scored 10 points. Tia Cselovszki grabbed five rebounds.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Sleepy Eye’s Justine Gonzalez (20) fights for a rebound with Cassidy Kopet of Cleveland Thursday in Sleepy Eye.
Cleveland's Taylor Holicky led all scorers with 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
"We reversed the ball well, we found open girls and we hit some outside shots," Sleepy Eye head coach Ryan Hulke said. "Defensively, I thought we did a good job containing Holicky in the first half, I think she only had eight points. We decided to bring a double every time she caught it and I thought we had a good game plan going on there."
Cleveland scored just 11 points in the first half opposed to 30 from the Indians. Sleepy Eye's offense was a little slow, but when Krumbach checked into the game everything went right for the Indians.
Krumbach stole a pass seconds after coming off the bench which lead to an easy lay-up and a jumper from Krumbach with 13:47 to go in the first half gave the Indians an 8-2 lead.
Schieffert extended that lead to 10 with a jumper and then the 6-foot freshman powered her way in for a lay-up with 8:22 to give Sleepy Eye a 17-6 lead.
The Indians went on an 11-3 run to add a little cushion to their halftime lead.
Sleepy Eye continued its hot shooting in the second half and Cleveland also stepped it up after the break. The Indians increased its lead to 52-28 with 5 minutes to go, however they failed to score for the rest of the game. Cleveland scored 12 points in that span, but the deficit was just too much to overcome.
Sleepy Eye improves to 2-7 on the season and will play in the Christmas Classic in Marshall on Dec. 28 and Cleveland drops to 4-5 and will play at Immanuel Lutheran at 6 p.m. tonight.