Warriors lose TVC tourney by last-second shot; Hurley Bulldogs win close contest 52-51 by Ashley Anderson The Wakonda Warrior basketball team entered the Tri-valley Conference Tournament with only one loss on the season, to the Hurley Bulldogs.
It was only fitting then, that the championship should pair the two teams once again. In a heartbreaker, the Warriors' victory was taken away on a last second shot by the Bulldogs. Hurley won 52-51.
Teams included in the tournament were Freeman Academy, Hurley, Viborg, Centerville, Gayville-Volin, and Wakonda.
In the first round of Tri-Valley Conference tournament action on Thursday, Jan. 16, Wakonda took on Freeman Academy in the early game at Baltic, the tournament site. The Warriors had a rocky first quarter and trailed by 4 points.
They came back, however, advancing to the semi-finals with a 71-55 win.
Top performers were Alex Nielsen with 29 points, Tyler Moser with 15 points, Chris Redrick with 11 points, Nick Skonhovd with 6 points, Eric Skonhovd with 6 points, Brandon Parvin with 2 points, and Shaun Hessman with 2 points.
The Irene Cardinals were the Warriors' next opponent. There is no love lost between these two teams, as Irene took away the Warriors' chance for a district win last year.
The Warriors had a tough time getting the ball in the bucket in the first quarter. Then all of them came out all fired up and ready to score.
Thanks to teamwork, the Warriors defeated Irene 76-66.
Wakonda was led in scoring by Nick Skonhovd with 30 points, Tyler Moser with 13 points, Alex Nielsen with 12 points, Eric Skonhovd with 6 points, Shaun Hessman with 6 points, Brandon Parvin with 5 points, Chris Redrick with 2 points, and Tyler Knudson with 2 points.
For the championship on Saturday, Jan. 18, the Warriors traveled to Viborg to face Hurley. The Warriors were fired up in the first half, and went into the locker room at the end of the second quarter trailing 21-23.
The game remained tight in the second half, ending in a 42-42 tie.
In overtime, the Warriors played tough defense and had a 1 point lead as near the end of the period.
With a couple of seconds left on the clock, however, the Bulldogs sank a basket and defeated Wakonda 52-51.
Top performers for the Warriors were Nick Skonhovd with 22 points, Alex Nielsen with 19 points, Tyler Moser with 9 points, and Eric Skonhovd with 1 point.
The Warriors received a second place plaque. The team's season record is 8-2.