Turnovers, cold shooting plagues Indians in loss to BOLD

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Sleepy Eye’s Jazzibelle Martinez passes the ball to a teammate during a girls basketball game with BOLD on Saturday at the Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Tip-Off at St. Mary’s High School.

SLEEPY EYE — BOLD carried over its up-tempo attack from Friday night to down Sleepy Eye 70-49 Saturday afternoon in a nonconference girls basketball game at the Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Tip-Off.

BOLD cruised past St. Mary’s 80-40 on Friday, ending its time in the Tip-Off Saturday with a pair of wins. Lainey Braulick, who led the Warriors with 30 points Friday, led her team again on Saturday with 36 points.

Sleepy Eye, who defeated Cleveland 71-21 on Friday, fell behind early in large part due to multiple turnovers and cold shooting.

“BOLD is just good,” Sleepy Eye head coach Sarah Hesse said. “They have a good core of girls and they’re long and lanky. We have a young group of girls that have to figure it out yet. … They [BOLD] moved the ball well. We didn’t catch on to the leaker, Lainey got a whole bunch of fast-break points and we had no one back. That’s something you’ve got to catch on to, basketball IQ.

“And then we still left Lainey floating around. One job, you need to know where [No.] 1 is at, where she is at all times, and we would lose her. … And we were cold. Some of our shooters weren’t shooting, not making anything type of thing.”

Sleepy Eye was led by Kadence Hesse’s 24 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Brea Mertz had 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Also for Sleepy Eye, Jazzibelle Martinez had 6 points and four assists, while Paige Haala had seven rebounds and Brissa Hernandez had four rebounds.

One player the Indians were without from the night before, however, was one of the team’s better shooters in sophomore Cadence Okerman, who broke her arm at some point during Friday’s game against Cleveland.

“She doesn’t even know, she can’t put a point on it where, ‘I did it here,’ or, ‘This is when it started hurting,'” coach Hesse said of Okerman’s injury. “She didn’t even fall. The only thing we can think of was one time she got a rebound and three people were on her and we don’t know if someone hit her arm. And it’s not like she remembers it, but that was the only contact she had.”

Okerman drew attention early last season in her freshman campaign as a consistent perimeter shooter. She scored 14 points in the Indians’ season opener against BOLD in the 2021 St. Mary’s Tip-Off and hit the go-ahead 3 during that game with five seconds left as the Indians went on to win 67-64.

This year BOLD got its payback.

A corner 3 by Braulick opened the game before a steal and layup by Braulick put BOLD up 5-0. Hesse got the Indians on the board with a free throw before Anna Moorse hit a 3 to give BOLD an 8-1 lead.

The Warriors increased their lead to 22-10 to force a Sleepy Eye timeout with 7:50 left in the opening half. At that point, Braulick had 17 of BOLD’s points.

BOLD increased its lead out of the timeout to 33-17 before Martinez hit back-to-back 3s to have the Indians down 33-23. A spin jumper by Hesse and a Martinez-to-Mertz fast-break bucket capped off a 10-0 run that had Sleepy Eye trailing 33-27 in the final minute of the half.

BOLD ended the half leading 37-29.

Braulick hit another 3 to open the second half, and a bucket from Mari Ryberg had BOLD up 42-29. A corner jump shot by Hernandez brought the Indians within single digits, 46-37, but the Warriors continued to create turnovers for points and led 63-39 after a steal and layup by Braulick.

The Indians got their final bucket on a baseline drive from Lydia Huiras before a 3 by BOLD’s Rylee Boen ended all scoring.

Sleepy Eye (1-1) is at Redwood Valley for a nonconference game Tuesday night.


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