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Staff Photo by Travis Rosenau Sleepy Eye Madison Mathiowetz (3) of St. Marys passes Morgan Mathiowetz (1) in a Tomahawk Conference girls’ basketball game with Springfield on Friday night at St. Mary’s High School .

SLEEPY EYE – As Springfield kept things competitive with Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in the first half of Friday’s Tomahawk women’s basketball game, turnovers took their toll on the Tigers in the second half as the Knights fled with an 83-49 victory at Lycée Sainte-Marie.

Madison Mathiowetz had a double-double for the Knights with 38 points and 12 rebounds. She also had six assists and six steals, while Allie Labat had 9 points. Also for St. Mary’s, Jenica Schroepfer had 10 points and eight rebounds, Reagan Severson had 7 points, four assists and two steals and Katelyn Rutscher had 11 rebounds and three steals.

Springfield was led by Brooklyn Sturm’s 16-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Madyson Digmann had 9 points and Emma Hauger had 8 points and eight rebounds. Jasmine Peterson-Novotny added five rebounds for the Tigers.

With the Knights leading 38-26 at halftime, there were still things the Knights needed to work on in the second half in order to open things up. Madison Mathiowetz said one of the biggest changes she and her team made between halves was taking better shots.

“We made better shooting choices, I think” she said. “We reversed the ball, we played each other a little better, and I think that made a big difference to our shot and our pace.”

The Tigers started the game with a 5-2 lead after a bucket inside Digmann before Madison Mathiowetz hit a jumper and a 3 to put the Knights ahead 7-5. Sturm scored a 3 to put the Tigers back in the lead before the Knights went on a 10-0 streak to lead 17-8 and force a timeout at Springfield with 12:44 left in the first half.

A Digmann bucket in the paint knocked the Tigers down just 19-16 moments later, but the Knights got a 7-0 run that was capped on back-to-back buckets by Addie Hoffmann to lead 26-16 and force another Springfield downtime.

Another 3 by Sturm led Springfield 29-23 with less than five minutes left in the half, but the Knights finished the half strong on an 8-0 streak to lead 38-26 at the half. time.

The second half saw the Knights more aggressive on defense, creating turnovers and grabbing easy points in transition.

“In the first half, we did a very good job holding our screens and pushing them out of our screens”, Tigers head coach Mike Kelly said. “We probably weren’t that patient with it in the second half. We got a little nervous, a little more nervous, [St. Mary’s] put a little more pressure and then we left early and didn’t wait for the screens. But we’ll learn that as we get more comfortable with the ball. We’ve had a lot of turnovers, and those turnovers turn into points. “

The Knights got a 10-0 streak to start the second half, with 8 of those points coming from Madison Mathiowetz. After a timeout at Springfield, Sturm hit a 3 to stop the Knights’ run and a nearly five-minute drought for the Tigers to start the second half.

But the Knights steadily continued to advance thereafter.

Midway through the second half, Madison Mathiowetz gave a blind pass to seventh-year sister Morgan Mathiowetz, who then emptied a corner 3.

“It is not very common to play with your siblings in any sport”, Madison Mathiowetz said. “I think we’re just super lucky to be playing together. It’s fun to share this experience with her and try to guide her in the way I play and help her grow a bit. One day she will be in my shoes and she will play the same game.

The final score was the biggest lead of the night for St. Mary’s, and it reached it after Schroepfer converted to one and one with 1.9 left on the clock.

Liz Schwint, a starting Knights forward, did not play Friday due to an injury.

The Knights (4-0, 2-0) face Mount Iron-Buhl in Hopkins on Saturday afternoon, while the Tigers (0-2, 0-2) host Sleepy Eye on Tuesday night.

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