Kody Kleve brings the ball up the court in a recent South Winn home contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Kody Kleve brings the ball up the court in a recent South Winn home contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The South Winn boys’ basketball team (13-8, 13-3 UIC) closed out the regular season with two games in two nights.

Last home game

Monday night, the Warriors hosted Waukon (12-8, 4-7 NEIC) in a non-conference contest, falling to the Indians, 81-76.

Despite South Winn having a strong start, the Warriors trailed 25-22 after the first quarter. The home team kept pace with the Indians in the second frame, pulling slightly closer at halftime, 40-38. The Indian offense poured it on in the third, scoring 19 points to lead 59-49. The comeback that South Winn mounted in the final period, came up a little short despite the 27-point effort.

“I was very pleased with our performance in this game, against a tough Waukon team. Although we did not win, I think this may have been our overall best game,” said Coach Blake Moen. “We shared the ball very well on offense inside and out, we shot well, and we did a great job of consistently scoring the entire way. We just couldn’t quite do enough to get the win, but I am proud of the way we clicked on offense, our effort the entire game, and our intensity to compete against a good Class 2A school.”

Six Warriors were on the scoreboard, with four hitting double figures. With 20 points and five rebounds to lead the way was Collin Wiltgen. Jaron Todd and Jacob Herold poured in 17 points apiece. Todd was active on the floor contributing five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Herold pulled down three boards, dished out four assists and came away with three steals. Also in double digits with 14 points was Cael Kuboushek. The junior also led the Warriors in steals with four.

Regular season finale

Visiting Central Elkader (2-19, 1-14 UIC) Tuesday night in the UIC finale, South Winn took care of business, besting the other Warriors, 70-46.

South Winn outscored the home team 14-11 during the first quarter. The big shots came in the second and third frames as SW poured in 22 points in each to take a commanding leading and put the game on ice.

Collin Wiltgen had another double-double night with 20 points and 10 rebounds to accompany three assists and three steals. On the board with 14 points was Jacob Herold who pulled down four boards, while Cael Kuboushek provided 10 points and four rebounds. Trey Kriener was a solid presence under the basket with six rebounds.

“It took us a quarter to get into our groove, but once we got on a roll offensively and defensively, we were very difficult to stop. I was proud with how our guys handled not clicking right away, but settling down and working our offense and defense like I know we know how to do,” said Coach Moen. 

On to playoffs

The Warriors’ attention now turns to the postseason which begins Thursday, Feb. 20, versus Nashua-Plainfield in Nashua at 8 p.m.