W-WG defeats Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE — Westbrook-Walnut Grove defeated Sleepy Eye 70-54 in nonconference boys’ basketball action Thursday night.

It was a slow start for both teams. With 12:29 left in the half, the Chargers (11-3) took the early lead away from the Indians, showing an 8-5 W-WG lead.

The Indians fell to a 10-point deficit, with 8:50 left in the first, failing to control the ball on their offensive side of the court. The Indians began to force passes while playing out of pressure on both sides of the center line.

With 5:09 left on the game clock for the first half, the Chargers continued to stay hot with ball control as their shots continued to fall. The Chargers added a 10-5-point scoring run adding to their lead, now with the scoreboard showing 29-14 in favor of the Chargers.

Sleepy Eye’s Ben Laffen dropped 3-pointers and the Indians were able to score down low on baskets by Carter Brinkman and Avery Stevens in the final three minutes of the first half.

The Chargers took a 36-23 lead at the end of the first half.

At the 12-minute mark in the second half, W-WG led 47-27 as Sleepy Eye struggled from the free throw line, going 1-6 from the line.

Kegan Heiderscheidt dropped a long 3-pointer, from the middle of the court, with just over nine minutes to play in the second for the Indians. Heiderscheidt’s timely 3-pointer added a spark to the Indian offense against a man coverage defense.

W-WG was able to control the clock in the final minutes of the second half, giving Sleepy Eye its second loss in a row.

Sleepy Eye’s Laffen and Haala led the night with 11 points each, Paco Eliserio had 7 points of the bench and Walter put up 6 points.

Sleepy Eye will travel to Wabasso on Friday.