TRUMAN - Both the Truman and the Sleepy Eye Public girls basketball teams were without their top players due to injury on Thursday night in Truman.
For the Indians, 6-foot freshman Josie Schieffert and sophomore point guard Justine Gonzalez each stepped up and delivered 17 points to propel the visitors to a 61-24 nonconference victory over the Bluejays.
"Our top center was out tonight. She usually gives us 17 (points) and 12 (rebounds). I've been trying to work the two of them in our offense together this season, but Josie did a good job tonight," said Sleepy Eye Public head coach Ryan Hulke.
LOOKING TO?PASS — Truman’s Savannah Hodge (left) looks to pass the basketball around Sleepy Eye Public defender Kaylee Hillmer during a nonconference game Thursday night in Truman. Photo by Leanna Becker
Likewise for Truman, junior Emily Zaharia was out with a concussion.
"Emily was saying that she felt better, but just to be on the safe side, we'll keep her out until Monday," said Truman mentor Bruce Hartwig. "I think the girls were shell-shocked a little out there, playing without her, but we've got another game (tonight)."
Brooke McDonald scored four of her team-high 10 points in part of a double-double performance for Truman, while grabbing 14 boards. McDonald generated her first points on back-to-back layups with just over 8 minutes to play in the opening half to cut the Indians initial lead to 14-9.
Unfortunately for the Bluejays, McKayla Alhrich grabbed eight of 24 first-half rebounds for the Indians to limit their offensive chances.
"We had too many one-and-done possessions, they out-rebounded us. And even though we had good shots, they just didn't fall," said Hartwig.
Cleo Maloney made one of her five first-half steals, leading to an easy layup with 30 seconds remaining in the opening frame to make it 26-15.
Alhrich responded with a quick 3-pointer from the top of the key that rolled in at the buzzer to make it 29-15 in the Indians' favor at half.
Maloney picked up where she left off for Truman, making two steals and using them for a pair of quick baskets to open the scoring.
After pressuring the Indians' inbounds pass, Maloney passed across the lane to a cutting McDonald for the first basket, before Briannia Pearson hit a runner on a pass following Maloney's second steal to make it 36-19.
Schieffert's offense helped the Indians maintain and increase their lead early though, scoring nine of her 17 points, while Gonzalez made eight of her 17 tallies in the opening minutes of the second half.
The Bluejays made only 9 of 70 from the floor, scoring just nine points in the second half.
"Gonzalez is a good and quick guard, she does a good job of running their offense and moving the ball," said Hartwig. "We were too slow on defense and reached too much. They got to the foul line and converted, which didn't help."
The Indians made 12 of 19 from the charity stripe in the game, while the Bluejays netted just 5 of 13 free tosses.
Maloney finished with six points for the Bluejays, while Elizabeth Kotwea grabbed five boards.
Along with Gonzalez and Schieffert's17 points each, the Indians had Ahlrich finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Schieffert also finished with eight rebounds and Kaylee Hillmer finished with nine for the Indians.
Truman (1-17, 1-9 Valley) travels to Cleveland for a 7:30 p.m. conference game today, while Sleepy Eye Public (6-11) travels to Wabasso for a 7:30 p.m. game today.
St. Peter 66, Fairmont 55 - Tailor Raymond netted a game-best 17 points to pace a balanced scoring attack as the Saints toppled the Cardinals, 66-55, during South Central Conference action Thursday night in St. Peter.
Lydia Kennedy scored 13 points and teammate Kelsey Carpenter chipped in 12 points for St. Peter, who halted Fairmont's winning streak at four in a row.
Kayla Lardy generated a double-double performance of 16 points and 10 rebounds to top the Cardinals, while teammate Alex Christianson registered 12 points and three steals.
Sierra Schultz netted eight points and three assists, Tracy Thiesse scored seven points, Courtney Mosloski delivered five points and six rebounds, while Kristen Campe added five points to Fairmont's effort.
The Cardinals made 22 of 59 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 5 from behind the 3-point line and 5 of 8 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (6-10, 2-4 SCC) plays host to Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Monday night, while St. Peter (14-3, 7-1) plays host to Tri-City United on Monday night.
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St. Peter downed Fairmont in B-squad action, 54-36, Thursday in St. Peter.
Cassidy Krusemark scored nine points to top the Cardinals, Haley Harder netted eight points, while Sydney Glienke tossed in seven points.
St. Peter edged Fairmont, 43-37, in C-squad play on Thursday in St. Peter.
Alexis Bass delivered nine points and five rebounds for the Cardinals, while Marisa Nelson scored nine points.
Katelyn Noah produced six points and five boards for Fairmont, Sophie Brau scored six points, while Marissa Voss added five points.
Martin County West 59, Windom 57 - The Mavericks had three scorers in double figures as they outlasted the Eagles 59-57 in a nonconference girls basketball action on Thursday in Trimont.
Kate Thiesse and Taryn Tumbleson each scored a co-team high 14 points to lead the effort. Thiesse also made six steals, and doled out three assists, while Tumbleson pocketed six steals.
Madyson Larson also reached double figures, scoring 11 points to go along with her three steals.
Gina Hauge scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Eagles, while Jasmine Carlson and Samantha Peterson each reach double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Mavericks went 22-for-56 from the floor, and made 10 of 19 free throws.
Martin County West (13-2, 9-1 Valley) hosts Minnesota Valley Lutheran in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game on Tuesday in Trimont.
Blue Earth Area 36, Waseca 33 - Krista Hassing scored 20 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, distributed four assists and pocketed four steals to lead the Bucs to a 36-33 South Central Conference win over the Bluejays on Thursday in Blue Earth.
Chelsea Owen and Janessa Jahnke each added four points to the Bucs offense.
Blue Earth Area (10-5, 4-3 SCC) plays host to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game on Tuesday.