Warriors start playoffs Monday

By Becky Walz,

Facing two teams in two days, the South Winn boys’ basketball team (11-11, 9-7 UIC) dropped its final two regular season games at home earlier this week.

Facing two teams in two days, the South Winn boys’ basketball team (11-11, 9-7 UIC) dropped its final two regular season games at home earlier this week.

Non-conference loss
Monday the Warriors hosted Waukon (7-12), falling 69-46.
SW played well versus the larger Class 2A team in the first period, giving up a 28-16 lead before a scoring drought hit for much of the second period, allowing Waukon to hold a 43-25 advantage at halftime. The hole that had been dug was just too much for the Warriors to climb out of in the second half.
“This was a tough game for us. We played well through the first quarter, and then we fell into that familiar pattern where we just don’t score enough points and that’s partially due to the high turnover number,” said Coach Derek Taylor. “Individually, Carson Wenthold had a great game for us, couldn’t be happier with performance on both ends of the floor.”
C. Wenthold paced the Warrior team with 18 points, five steals and four rebounds. Trey Kriener put down seven points and snared 12 boards, while Keagen Streeter had six rebounds and four blocks.

Waukon 28 15 17 9 69
South Winn 16 9 12 9 46
Scoring – Carson Wenthold 18; Trey Kriener 7; Kole Hageman 5; Nick Holien 4; Keagen Streeter 4; Cody Meyer 3; Nolan Sabelka 3; Evan Bushman 2
Rebounds – Kriener 12; Streeter 6; Hageman 5; C. Wenthold 4; Holien 2; Bushman 2; Brody Tieskoetter 2; Sabelka 1; Assists – C. Wenthold 2; Holien 1; Streeter 1; Kriener 1; Bushman 1; Hageman 1; Tieskoetter 1; Steals – C. Wenthold 5; Kriener 1; Bushman 1; Blocks – Streeter 4; C. Wenthold 1; Kriener 1

UIC finale
Injuries sidelined C. Wenthold and Kriener for the Warriors, forced Coach Taylor to put a trio of sophomores and a freshman on the court for big minutes Tuesday night as SW hosted Clayton Ridge (16-5, 14-2 UIC). In the end, the Eagles were too much for South Winn as the Warriors fell 59-43.
SW trailed 11-10 after the first period, then fell victim to the Eagles in the second quarter, giving up 21 points to CR. At halftime, the visitors were out front 32-24. The Warriors worked to scrape away at the Eagle lead to no avail in the third period, trailing 46-36, a deficit that would only grow in the final quarter.
Dawson Wenthold led the Warriors with 10 points and five rebounds, while senior Evan Bushman had nine points and three boards. Keagen Streeter provided another six points, eight rebounds and three assists.
“We played one of the best teams in our conference without two of our top players and we hung in there with them most of the game. I had three sophomores and one freshmen play big minutes last night and was super proud of the way they played,” said Coach Taylor. “Ultimately we turned the ball over too many times and that’s what kept us from having a chance to win.”

Clayton Ridge 11 21 14 13 59
South Winn 10 14 12 7 43

Postseason next
The Warriors now begin prepping for the postseason which begins Monday, Feb. 14, at Kee High versus the Hawks at 7 p.m.

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