A fast paced, high energy game is the way the Meskwaki boys varsity team likes to play. This group of boys really enjoys playing basketball and playing their brand of basketball and they are good at it. Coach Dina Keahna says, "A lot of what we have tried to focus on is what they are good at and maximizing that part and adding in the parts that we need to. They like to play a high intensity game and with that we have to play defense in order to capitalize on that."
The Warriors welcomed the Tri-County Trojans to their home court on Saturday Feb. 22 for Round 2 of the Class 1A District 9 Tournament. Starting for Meskwaki were Royce Timberwolf, Terrell Grant, Allis Tahahwah, Darrion Murray and Wade Brown. Starting for the Trojans were Nick Watts, Austin Blythe, Tyler Lally, Trenton Steinke, and Jake Brumbaug.
Meskwaki (17-4) was coming off of two losses at the end of the season and it was clear they wanted to rectify that. Coach Moore commented that they had come out of a long break and were a little tight and apprehensive. Meskwaki took a lot of shots in the first quarter but they didn't start connecting until midway into the quarter. With 2:31 left in the first quarter Coach Keahna signaled for the Warriors to put on the press. Tri-County struggled to get the ball up the court. Offensively, the Warriors production improved as they were able to capitalize on the forced turnovers from the press and put points on the board. Two three pointers, one being a controversial buzzer beater, put Meskwaki up by five, 16-11.
Allis Tahahwah with an assist to Demarce Keahna on Saturday Feb. 22 at the Meskwaki High School gym.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
Quarter two proved troublesome for the Tri-County Trojans. The Trojans senior post player, Steinke was sent to the bench midway through the second quarter with two fouls. The Warriors began to loosen up in the second and increased their lead with 21 points, outscoring the Trojans by eight points. Brown tried for a put back that resulted in a foul and was able to convert one free throw.
Timberwolf and Murray were both sent to the Meskwaki bench at the two minute mark with three fouls apiece but the depth of the Warrior's bench was enough to maintain the pace of the game. Eammon Tahahwah came off the bench and contributed by tipping in a second chance shot. The third quarter ended nearly the same as the second as Brown hit another buzzer beating three for the Warriors, sending them into halftime with a 37-24 lead.
During the second half the Warriors completely dominated the court. Their intensity never let up which made for some very entertaining basketball. Several bench players saw a lot of time on the floor. The Warriors scored 40 points in the second half while holding the Trojans to a paltry 17 second half points. The Warrior team was clearly having a good time on the court.
Meskwaki will travel to BGM on Tuesday Feb 25 to face the Bears on their home court. When asked about the importance of making it to the "The Well," Coach Keahna stated, " We need to focus on the next games. There is no tomorrow if we don't focus on these three things, or these four things. If we do these four things then we move on to the next one. When we work together as a team a lot of good things happen."