SESM Threes End WEM Girls Basketball Season
The Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Lady Knights are the Section 2A girls basketball champions thanks to sinking three more three point baskets than Waterville-Elysian-Morristown. The Lady Knights defeated the defending Section Champs 64-59 in Arlington tonight.
SESM had 6 three point baskets, 5 in the second half while the Buccaneers hit 3.
SESM is 22-0 going into next week's quarterfinal State Tournament round. The Bucs end their season 18-4 with two of their losses to the Lady Knights.
WEM jumped out to a 15-5 lead to start the game by getting some turnovers turned into points. The Buccaneers led 23-21 at the half but lost that double digit lead because seniors Brielle Bartelt and Toryn Richards had two fouls and had to sit some minutes allowing the Lady Knights to pull closer.
Bucs Head Coach Tyler Kaus did get Bartelt back in for the final couple minutes. She had a beautiful assist to Pittman to give WEM their halftime lead.
At the half the Buccaneers scored 8 points off 9 SESM turnovers. In the second half the Lady Knights cut those turnovers down to 3 with two points scored off them while they cashed in on 3 of the 7 WEM turnovers for 8 points.
Points in the Dahle Enterprises of Morristown paint favored WEM 36-28. The Bucs were 8 of 13 from the free throw line while the Lady Knights connected on 11 of 14 free throws.
5'10 senior Megan Mathiowetz scored 20 second half points, finishing with 27 to lead Sleepy Eye St. Mary's to the dance. 5'8 classmate Sydney Windschitl added 16 points.
The biggest difference in the second half might have been the three combined 3 point baskets made by 5'6 junior Reagan Severson and 5'5 senior Emma Currans. Severson ended the game with 12 points, Currans collected 5 points.
Bartelt led Waterville-Elysian-Morristown with 16 points, Richards and Pittman each had 14 points.
Coaches will seed the tournament Saturday and find out when and where they play quarterfinal games. Games will be scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday.
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