In Thursday’s district quarterfinal, Jaron Todd (4) drives passed N-P defenders as Collin Wiltgen (24) watches the play unfold from beyond the free throw line. (Photo courtesy of Nate DeBondt/New Hampton Tiribune)
In Thursday’s district quarterfinal, Jaron Todd (4) drives passed N-P defenders as Collin Wiltgen (24) watches the play unfold from beyond the free throw line. (Photo courtesy of Nate DeBondt/New Hampton Tiribune)

The South Winn boys’ basketball team (14-8) edged a win over Nashua-Plainfield on the Huskies’ home turf 51-46, Thursday, Feb. 20, in Nashua.

The Huskies end the year 11-11.

After a dead-even first half that ended 22-22, both teams had relatively low-scoring third quarters that left Nashua-Plainfield leading 35-31 with one quarter remaining. South Winn continued to trail in the fourth period, utilizing the last minute to its advantage. Down 47-46 with 41 seconds left, the Warriors pounded the boards and hit the shots they needed to pull out the victory.

“This game really tested us in a lot of ways, and I am really proud of our guys in battling in the end to get the win. Our offense was very slow for most of the game, and we struggled to get the ball through the hoop. But I am very ecstatic for our guys in how they answered to a tough Nashua-Plainfield team, and finding a way to win a postseason game,” said Coach Blake Moen. “Anything can happen in the postseason, but our guys showed a lot of grit and integrity to battle to the final minute and get a tough postseason win. I give our seniors a lot of credit, they kept the teams’ heads up and made sure that everyone kept the belief that we can still win the game, even though we trailed for most of the fourth quarter. I am happy for our guys, seniors, and team.”

Collin Wiltgen led the Warriors with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Jaron Todd added 12 points, six rebounds and two steals while Cael Kuboushek had nine points. Jacob Herold provided seven points, two assists and two steals.

Next, the Warriors will face Upper Iowa Conference nemesis Turkey Valley (20-3) at a neutral site in Nashua, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 25) at 8 p.m. The Trojans defeated South Winn twice this season, 47-35, on Dec. 20 and 68-42 on Feb. 4. The winner moves on to the district final, Thursday, Feb. 27, at New Hampton at 7 p.m. Teams remaining on the other side of the bracket are Janesville (18-4) and Tripoli (12-10).