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Wolsey-Wessington, JVC reach 281 title game

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013


Wolsey-Wessington’s Roy Lumpkin puts up a shot under heavy pressure by Hitchcock-Tulare teammates Landon Gatzke (5) and Landon Bushong (20) during their game in the semifinals of the 281 Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Huron Arena. Next, James Valley Christian’s Adam Hofer puts up a shot in the lane as Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Nick Miller defends on the play during the semifinals of the 281 Conference Tournament. And next, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Todd Stekl dribbles on the perimeter against James Valley Christian’s Nathan Wedel during the semifinals of the 281 Conference Tournament. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN


HURON — The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds defeated Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots, 77-53, Tuesday in the semifinals of the 281 Conference Tournament at Huron Arena.

The Warbirds stretched a four-point first-quarter lead into a 16 point half-time advantage by outscoring the Patriots 15-5, then pushed the lead to 22 by the end of the third quarter, 55-29.

The second quarter run was well-balanced Roy Lumpkin and Lorenzo Williams each had four points to go with a three-pointer by Hayden Hooks and a pair of field goals by Alex Babcock and Chris Williams.

The Patriots answered with just one field goal and a 3-for-4 performance from the line.

After half time the Warbirds were led by the trio of Babcock, who had nine points in the third quarter followed by Lumpkin, who had eight points and Hooks, who had seven points. They accounted for 24 of the Warbirds 26 points.

Patriots nearly doubled their halftime score of 15 in that frame as five different Patriots scored. But none scored more than four points, leaving the 26-point deficit with just eight minutes to play.

Lumpkin and Babcock finished with a game-high 18 points, while Hooks had 15 and Lorenzo Williams had 13.

For the Patriots Trent Hofer scored a team-high 14, while Chase Bixler had eight and both Landon Gatzke and Landon Bushong had seven.

While both teams shot nearly the same percentage, the Warbirds had the advantage in rebounding 38-29 and in taking care of the ball, as the Patriots committed nine more turnovers, finishing with 26.

Babcock grabbed 11 rebounds, while Lorenzo Williams had eight and Ryan Sprecher finished with seven.

For the Patriots Dan Marshall pulled down eight rebounds and Bushong had six.

Defensively, the Warbirds came up with 13 steals led by Hooks, who had five, while Lorenzo Williams had three and Ryne Johnson had a pair.

The Patriots did manage to accumulate 14 assists led by Gatzke with four, while Wolsey-Wessington had just eight led by Lorenzo Williams, who had three.

The Warbirds will take on James Valley Christian, who defeated Sanborn Central-Woonsocket, 67-48. The championship is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Huron Arena.

The Patriots will take on the Blackhawks in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m.



Wolsey-Wessington 14 31 55 77

Hitchcock-Tulare 10 15 29 53

Wolsey-Wessington (8-0) Hayden Hooks 4 6-7 15, Lorenzo Williams 5 2-3 13, Alex Babcock 7 4-7 18, Roy Lumpkin 7 4-8 18, Ryan Sprecher 1 1-2 3, Ryne Johnson 0 4-4 4, Chris Williams 2 2-4 6. Totals: 26 23-35 77.

Hitchcock-Tulare (6-3) Trent Hofer 5 2-2 14, Landon Gatzke 3 0-2 7, Landon Bushong 3 1-2 7, Dan Marshall 2 1-2 5, Clay Jens 2 2-2 6, Seth Tollefson 0 2-3 2, Chase Bixler 3 0-0 8, Grayson Binger 0 2-2 2, Boston Knippling 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19 10-15 53.

Three-point goals: WW 2 (Hooks, Williams), HT 5 (Hofer 2, Bixler 2, Gatzke). Rebounds: WW 38 (Babcok 11, Williams 8, Sprecher 7), HT 29 (Marshall 8, Bushong 6). Assists: WW 8 (Williams 3), HT 14 (Gatzke 4). Steals: WW 13 (Hooks 5, Williams 3, Johnson 2); HT 7. Turnovers: WW 14, HT 25. Fouls: WW 16, HT 22 (Bushong, out).



JVC 67, SC-W 48

HURON — For the second time in less than a week, the James Valley Christian Vikings handed the Sanborn Central-Woonsocket Blackhawks a setback. The most recent came Tuesday night during the semifinals of the 281 Conference Tournament at Huron Arena.

After leading 26-19 at the half, the top-seeded Vikings reeled off 26 points in the third quarter to build a 52-34 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Adam Hofer and Nathan Wedel combined to score 58 of the 67 points for the Vikings, who improved to 8-0. Hofer finished with 38 points, while Wedel added 20 points.

Wedel and Andrew Ulvestad each had eight rebounds for JVC and both recorded four assists. Wedel also had a team-high four steals.

Sanborn Central-Woonsocket, which is 8-2 with both its losses coming against the Vikings, was led by Nick Miller and Davion Brooks with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Miller also had 10 of the Blackhawks' 26 rebounds and two steals, while Tyler Krueger had a team-high four assists.

James Valley Christian will face second-seeded and also undefeated Wolsey-Wessington in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Huron Arena.

Sanborn Central-Woonsocket will face Hitchcock-Tulare for third place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Huron Arena.



SC-W 12 19 34 48

JVC 17 26 52 67

Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (8-2): Tyler Krueger 2 2-2 8; Todd Stekl 2 0-0 4; Nick Miller 4 6-8 14; Davion Brooks 5 2-6 12; Jarid Bechen 1 0-0 2; Tucker Kingsbury 2 1-2 6; Brady Tiede 0 2-3 2. Totals: 16 13-21 48.

James Valley Christian (8-0): Adam Hofer 16 3-5 38; Nathan Wedel 8 3-4 20; Andrew Ulvestad 3 1-1 7; Caleb Stahl 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 7-10 67.

Rebounds: SCW 26 (Miller 10); JVC 25 (Wedel 8, Ulvestad 8). 3-point goals: SCW 3 (Krueger 2, Kingsbury 1); JVC 4 (Hofer 3, Wedel 1). Turnovers: SCW 16; JVC 12. Assists: SCW 13 (Krueger 4); JVC 18 (Ulvestad 4, Wedel 4). Steals: SCW 5 (Miller 2); JVC 15 (Wedel 4). Fouls: SCW 10; JVC 14.







For the complete article see the 01-16-2013 issue.

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