Waukon boys basketball team splits pair of postseason games to have season ended in heartbreaking fashion

Final pair of double-doubles ... Waukon boys basketball senior Braden Hemann soars to the basket in the Indians’ 73-47 win over Oelwein in the opening round of Class 2A District Tournament play at North Fayette High School in West Union Monday, February 14. In the Tribe’s two postseason tournament games this past week that ended up being the final two games of Hemann’s four-year varsity career for the Indians, he recorded a pair of double-double statistical efforts that included 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Indian win over Oelwein and another 13 points and 10 rebounds in Waukon’s 54-53 season-ending loss at Monticello Thursday, February 17 in the Class 2A District Semifinals. Photo courtesy of Jerry Wadian, Fayette County Newspapers.

The Waukon boys basketball team had its 2021-2022 season brought to a close, but not before taking an initial strong step down the postseason trail and putting itself into position to repeat that feat, only to have that opportunity yanked away in the closing seconds. That initial step was a 73-47 win over Oelwein in the opening round of Class 2A District 9 play Monday, February 14 at North Fayette Valley High School, but an abrupt end to that postseason trail came Thursday, February 17 at top 10-rated Monticello by virtue of a 54-53 loss in the questionable closing seconds.

That first week of postseason play brought the basketball Tribe’s season to a close at an 8-14 overall record on the season and a 2-8 mark in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play that left the Indians in a tie for fifth place in the final six-team NEIC standings with Crestwood. Their win over the Indians advanced the Panthers to the Class 2A District 9 championship game to be played at West Delaware High School against MFL/MarMac Tuesday, February 22 .

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