Warriors finish TVC as consolation champs by Bethany Parvin and Amber Skjonsberg The Tri-Valley Conference boys' basketball tournament paired the Wakonda Warriors against worthy foe Hurley Bulldogs in first round action Thursday, Jan. 15, at Gayville.
By the luck of the draw, one of these well-respected teams would be eliminated from championship play. This year it would be the Warriors, losing, 58-64.
The tourney pairings are set up as a draw. This year the Warriors' first round would prove to be a tough one. First quarter started out back and forth. By the end of the first quarter the score was tied, 14-14. Warriors took the lead the second quarter and entered the locker room at half time 34-25, Warriors on top.
Second half the Warriors came out a little weaker than the first half only scoring 12 points to Hurley's 17, but they still maintained the lead, 46-42. The last quarter Hurley's defense only allowed Wakonda to add 12 points to the scoreboard, while Hurley's offense put up 22 more points ending the game, 58-64; thus destroying their hopes for a championship.
The top scorers for Wakonda in this first round game where Nick Skonhovd with 22 points and Alex Nielsen had 10. Brandon Parvin added 9 points, while Eric Skonhovd and Tyler Moser both had 7 points. Brett Logue added 1 point to the mix while Tyler Knudson added 2.
For the second round of the T.V.C, the Warriors once again traveled to Gayville to play Freeman Academy, who was knocked down the by Gayville-Volin.
Freeman Academy came out in the first quarter more ready than Wakonda. Ending the first quarter with the lead up by 3, 11-14, Flyers in the lead. The Warriors calmed down and took the lead the rest of the game. The second quarter the Warriors plowed over the Flyers by adding 29 points to their 6, the half ended Warriors 40, Flyers 20.
The second half the Warriors' defense rarely let the Flyers score, which held Freeman Academy once again to 6 points. The Warriors put up 16 more points, ending the third quarter 56-26. The first quarter Freeman added 12 points to the scoreboard while the Warriors added 18, keeping the lead till the end, which left the score 74-38.
The Warriors' top scorers for the night were Nielsen, 23 points, and Parvin adding 10.
Skonhovd put down 9 points to Adam Polley's 7.Moser, Knudson and Shaun Hessman, Logue, and Nick Peterson, all contributed 4 points to the boards.
The fifth place consolation championship ended with the Wakonda Warriors defeating the Viborg Vikings, 58-50.
Playing neck to neck the whole game the Warriors managed to play one step ahead of the Vikings, never letting them ahead in a single quarter.
Within the first quarter the Warriors managed to score 13 points barely out-scoring the Vikings' score of 11. The second quarter the Warriors sped it up and out-scored their opponents by 9 points, ending the half with a total of 30-19. During the second half the Vikings really pumped up their energy and gave the boys in white a run for fifth place. But by never letting their guard down the Warriors kept the Vikings behind them.
The Warriors have lost only two games and still are on pace to do well come post season play.