Warriors runner up in District 8B tourney By Bethany Parvin The Wakonda Warriors ended their season 17-4 as they lost a heartbreaker to the Viborg Vikings Friday, March 4, 46-38.
Viborg, one week earlier, also won the Tri-valley Conference over Wakonda, but Wakonda was seed one in the district bracket due to their more difficult schedule. The Warriors ended a fantastic season with a record of 17-4.
In the Warriors' first district game they took on Hurley at Viborg. From the beginning of the game Wakonda was out to destroy Hurley. In the first quarter Wakonda blasted 17 points on the score board, while using their press to keep Hurley to a mere 9 points. Wakonda, still going strong in the second quarter, pressed forward, which once again only allowed Hurley to score 11 points to Wakonda's 25. The first half ended with Wakonda in a demanding lead, 42-20.
Coming out of the half Hurley seemed fired up a little, while Wakonda's missed a few patient points scoring 8 to Hurley's 12. But it wasn't enough to take the lead. The Warriors were still on top at the end of the third quarter, 50-32.
Coach Wright's Warriors held the Bulldogs to only 9 points while they added 14 points. The semi final action ended with Wakonda advancing 64-41.
Alex Nielsen was leading scorer with a whopping 25 points and seven major blocked shots. Brandon Parvin threw down 14 points, Tyler Moser added 9 points with five blocked shots. Eric Skonhovd dropped 6 points with eight assists.
The championship paired seed one and two, Wakonda. Viborg hosted the tournament, so the Warriors would have to overcome a home-court advantage to win. It was a rocky start from the beginning for the Warriors. Viborg came out with the hot hand nailing 17 points to Wakonda's 8. Wakonda out-scored Viborg in the second quarter by throwing down 11 points and holding Viborg's hot hands to 8 points, but Viborg was still on top at the end of the first half 19-25.
The rocky start continued coming into the second half. Viborg's defense held Wakonda to only scoring 4 points the entire third quarter. But Viborg didn't do much better, only scoring 9 points, ending this low scoring quarter 23-34 with Viborg still in the lead.
Wakonda came out with the hot hand in the fourth quarter determined not to
give up. The Warriors outscored Viborg 15 to 12, but the effort was well fought. The game ended 38-46, Viborg with the district championship in hand.
Leading scorer for the game was Eric Skonhovd with 9 points, Tyler Moser hit 8 points and Alex Nielsen nailed 7 points.
With the Warriors' season starting off with seven wins in a row, everyone knew this was going to be a promising last season for the Warriors. The Warriors ended their season 17-4 and 6-1 in the conference.
The last green team in Wakonda lost four games which were to three teams, Beresford, Dell Rapids St. Mary's, and Viborg.