Trey Kriener battles with a Hawk player for the offensive rebound during Friday’s UIC contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Trey Kriener battles with a Hawk player for the offensive rebound during Friday’s UIC contest. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Getting better with every quarter, the South Winn boys’ basketball team (12-7, 12-3 UIC) defeated Kee High (8-12, 7-8 UIC) at home Friday night, 55-43.

“I was very pleased with how we responded tonight against a much improved and well coached Kee High team. This was one of those games that we slowly got better with every quarter, and continued to do the little things to grind out the win. We did a great job of going back to the basics this week and improving on the stats that sometimes go unnoticed over scoring — assists, steals and rebounding,” said Coach Blake Moen. “I am happy for our guys to bounce back and pick up a big conference win.”

It was a slow start to the contest as the Warriors edged the Hawks after the first, 14-13. Picking up momentum, the SW put a little more distance between it and Kee by halftime, leading 27-24. The third quarter told the story of the game as the Warriors put up 13, holding the Hawks to seven to take a 40-31 lead. The home team added to its advantage in the final frame, outscoring the visitors 15-12.

Collin Wiltgen and Jacob Herold led the Warriors. Wiltgen had 20 points, two rebounds and five steals while Herold had 13 points and 13 boards, to go with five assists. Trey Kriener provided eight points, three steals and three assists. Sophomore Ethan Luzum had six points. Jaron Todd provided a spark with seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Monday, South Winn hosted Waukon in a non-conference contest. Results from the game were unavailable at press time and will be published in the Thursday, Feb. 13, Driftless Journal. Tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 11) the Warriors will have their final UIC game at Central Elkader at 7:30 p.m.