Four Winds-Minnewaukan overcomes first quarter run to come away with the victory over Hillsboro/Central Valley in a Class B Top 5 matchup.
FORT TOTTEN — Last season when Four Winds-Minnewaukan and Hillsboro/Central Valley met, the game came down to a shot at the horn that lifted the Burros over the Indians. On Friday, Jan. 24, the Indians weren’t about to let history repeat itself.
After a dismal first quarter, the No. 1 Indians regained control in the second and fought off the fourth ranked Burros the rest of the way to come away with the 60-47 win in a game that was rescheduled from Jan. 17 due to the blizzard that swamped the region. It was the Burros second loss in as many nights.
“I thought we were getting outworked in the first half, in the second half we started outworking them,” said Indians head coach Rick Smith whose team improved to 9-0 for the season.
After opening the game with seven straight points, the Indians saw their lead evaporate. A 3-pointer by Sam Preston cut the Burros’ lead to one and that was followed by consecutive baskets by Patrick Limke that gave the Burros their first lead of the game at 10-7. The first quarter ended with the Burros on a 15-0 run.
The run extended into the second but when a Jonah Jackson field goal with 6:09 on the clock ended the Indians scoring drought that lasted over seven minutes of game time, it sparked a 13-3 run for Four Winds-Minnewaukan. A Keldon Keja 3-point play with 3:16 remaining before halftime tied the score at 20 and on the Indians next possession, Jayden Yankton’s 3 gave the Indians their first lead since the games opening minutes.
Keja was inserted into the starting lineup in place of senior Doug Yankton who was serving a suspension.
Carson Henningsgard tied the game at 36 with a basket at 1:28 left in the third quarter but a 9-0 run from the end of the third to the 6:40 mark of the fourth that cumulated with consecutive baskets by Bronson Walter proved to be enough of a cushion for the Indians to close out the game.
Walter finished with 15 points to lead the Indians. Yankton had 13 points and JaeShaun Shaw scored six of his 11 points in the decisive fourth quarter, including a fast break basket off of a Burros turnover that pushed the Indians lead to 10 with 3:52 left.
Shaw also had the defensive assignment on last season’s all-state selection Henningsgard, who managed 15 points on five made baskets.
“I thought our defense was very, very strong; very solid. We tried to take the ball out of Henningsgard’s hand as much as we could and not let him orchestrate,” Smith said. “That was our game plan and I thought we did a pretty good on it.”
Continued Smith, “JaeShaun loves the challenge. Point guards don’t like the harassment because it’s hard to get them into their offenses when someone is harassing you all of the time and JaeShaun is so good at it. Man oh man he’s been playing fantastic for us.”
Limke scored 13 points for Hillsboro/Central Valley which fell to 7-3.
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No. 4 Hillsboro/Central Valley at No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan box score
Hillsboro/Central Valley 15 10 12 10 — 47
Four Winds-Minnewaukan 7 20 13 20 — 60
HILLSBORO/CENTRAL VALLEY (7-3)
Henningsgard 15, Limke 13, Reed 7, Preston 4, Camrud 4, Benson 2, Anderson 2. Totals 17 8-18 47.
FOUR WINDS-MINNEWAUKAN (9-0)
Walter 15, J. Yankton 13, Shaw 11, LaRock 5, Lenior 4, Lohnes 3, Keld. Keja 3, R. Yankton 2, Jackson 2. Totals 23 8-10 60.