By Sam Parsons
The Oskaloosa Indians’ playoff run began and ended at Winterset on Wednesday as they took to the floor to face the 11-10 Huskies.
The game began with Winterset enjoying perhaps their best shooting performance of the year. The Huskies entered the game averaging about 39 points per game offensively on 31% shooting (22.5% from 3-point range); they scored 36 points in the first half against the Indians and drained 5 shots from beyond the arc.
Osky, meanwhile, was led by a hobbled Presley Blommers. Blommers returned from an ankle injury she suffered during Senior Night against Newton, and gutted through the injury for the Indians’ playoff game. She finished the game with 13 points, but the Indians weren’t able to pick up the slack elsewhere.
It was 36-17 at half. The Huskies’ defense started to show some cracks toward the end of the 2nd quarter, but any chances Oskaloosa had at coming back into the game were thwarted by timely baskets by the Huskies. They didn’t let Oskaloosa cut the deficit to below 13 at any point in the second half and walked away with a 55-33 victory. That gives the Huskies the chance to unseat #8 Pella on Saturday in the second round.
For the Indians, it means their season is over at 9-13. The team graduates two seniors: Presley Blommers and Maddy Moorman.