Sleepy Eye cruises by CM/C

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Cedar Mountain/Comfrey’s Jordan Kevelin takes a jump shot over Sleepy Eye defender Mariah Miller (5) during the first half Friday in Sleepy Eye. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

SLEEPY EYE– The Sleepy Eye girls’ basketball team defeated Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in a Tomahawk Conference matchup Friday night.

Both teams started quickly, putting points on the scoreboard in the early minutes of the first half.

Sleepy Eye (6-2, 3-1) broke away to gain a 14-9 lead with 10:51 left to play in the first half.

The Indians began to outrebound the Cougars (3-2, 1-2) under the net to make the difference in the scoring.

Defensively, both teams tallied steals to keep the ball moving from both sides of the court.

Brianna Polesky, of the Indians, hit a 3 and was immediately followed by a 3 from a few steps back of the arc by the Cougars’ Abby Jemmings for the 17-13 Indian lead.

The Indians continued with the strong defense, creating turnovers just beyond half court. Madi Heiderscheidt picked up a steal and drove strongly to the basket for the 2 points. Heiderscheidt led with 17 points in the first half.

“We were good defensively playing man to man and not letting them really breathe at times,” Sleepy Eye coach Ryan Hulke said. “We made their post work to get touches.”

Sleepy Eye’s McKenzie Cselovszki had a strong defensive night, adding to the Indians’ scoring run late in the half with a steal at the CM/C 3-point line and completed the layup as the Indians began to dominate the final minutes of the first half.

“I read the ball right and went in and it felt good. We play well together, had good defense tonight and our offense is pretty good also,” Cselovszki said.

With a minute left to play in the half, CM/C’s Jordan Kevelin drove the ball fullcourt and split two Sleepy Eye defenders as the Cougars began to close the gap.

Kevelin left the game early with an injury and did not return for the second half.

CM/C closed the gap in the final seconds of the first half, trailing Sleepy Eye 30-20 at the end of the half.

Sleepy Eye went on a 16-6 scoring run out of the locker room for the second half. The scoring run for Sleepy Eye had points from six different players.

The Cougars added pressure from full court to slow the Indians’ scoring run. With six minutes to play in the game, CM/C’s pressure tallied steals as they began to close the gap, trailing 47-32.

“When we relax, we play the game better and don’t force things — we shoot better,” CM/C coach Mike Kelly said.

Sleepy Eye earned the conference win to remain undefeated in the section.

Jemmings led the Cougars with 9 points and four steals, Taylor Rose tallied 6 points with three rebounds and Maddy Billmeier grabbed five rebounds.

Heiderscheidt led the Indians with 24 points, five steals and four assists, Polesky had 10 points with five rebounds and five steals and Cselovszki had 7 points and nine rebounds.

CM/C will host Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at 7 P.M. on Tuesday in Morgan.

Sleepy Eye will travel to Nicollet on Monday for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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