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No. 4-seeded Sleepy Eye holds off CMC

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Sleepy Eye’s Brooklyn Moldan drives to the hoop during a Section 2A playoff game against Central Minnesota Christian on Wednesday at Sleepy Eye High School.

SLEEPY EYE — No. 4-seeded Sleepy Eye held off a late rally by fifth-seeded Central Minnesota Christian on Wednesday night to win 58-52 and move on in the Section 2A girls’ basketball playoffs.

The Indians (12-7) will next travel to take on cross-town rivals Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Saturday night as Section 2A playoffs continue. The Knights are the top seed in the north.

The Indians were led by Kadence Hesse’s 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kaydince Thoms added 14 points, five steals and five rebounds for Sleepy Eye, while Brooklyn Moldan had 13 points and seven rebounds.

After CMC started off with a 3 by Nyssa Vogel, the Indians responded firmly moments later with a 10-0 run to lead 13-5. The run started and ended with 3s from Moldan, with a pair of layups from Thoms in between.

CMC ended the half strong, however, closing the gap to 24-20 before a pair of free throws by Erika Lozano ended the half with Sleepy Eye up 26-20.

The Indians pushed their lead to 10 in the second half before CMC tied things at 35-all with a 3 by Vogel. With CMC ahead 51-49, the Indians tied it with a bucket inside by Brea Mertz and then took the lead on a steal and layup by Hesse.

CMC cut its deficit to 53-52 with 1:17 left to play before the Indians got a bucket inside by Hesse and a steal and pair of free throws by Moldan to lead 57-52. Another steal for Sleepy Eye led to an insurance point on the board after a free throw by Hesse.

The Indians got two late rebounds on missed free throws to further run the time down and seal their win.

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