Hillsboro-Central Valley wrapped up its regular season Feb. 26 earning the No. 2 seed in the Region 2 tournament that kicks off Monday in Grand Forks.
The Burros have had their ups and down this season but enter the tournament having won seven of their last eight.
The defending Region 2 champs have a tough road ahead in the three-day tourney, so now is a good time to take a look back on H-CV’s season and a peek ahead at next week’s matchups in Q&A fashion.
What did the Burros struggle with early this season?
Finding their identity.
Losing three-time all-state guard Carson Henningsgard to graduation would be tough for any team.
Players tried to fill Henningsgard’s shoes to start the year but this is a new team with a different makeup.
H-CV lost early games to Oak Grove and Hatton-Northwood that the team probably wins now that the team has gelled and players know their roles.
What has been H-CV’s biggest key to success this season?
The post play of the Burros’ forwards, who can score or kick it out to the perimeter.
Gannon Limke, Caden Waterworth and Jacob Brandt have been effective in the post and able to pop out for jumpers when needed.
What was a turning point for H-CV this season?
The Burros’ loss to then-No. 6 Central Cass at the buzzer Jan. 30.
Everyone on that team knows they should have won that game.
H-CV had defensive lapses and its shot selection wasn’t ideal, but the Burros had that game in the bag.
The loss lit a fire under the Burros, who won seven of the next eight and beat No. 2-ranked Grafton.
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