Wolsey-Wessington Lorenzo Williams handles the ball on the perimeter against James Valley Christianís Tim Wager on Thursday at the JVC gym. In the next photo, Wolsey-Wessingtonís Ryne Johnson handles the ball on the perimeter against James Valley Christianís Alex Waldner during their 281 Conference boysí basketball game Thursday at the JVC gym. The Vikings recorded a 73-55 victory.
PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON ― The James Valley Christian Vikings started to pull away from the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds by turning a two point advantage after the first quarter into a 13 point halftime lead.
The Vikings then put the game into overdrive with a 24 point third-quarter that stretched the lead to 21 points as they cruised to a 73-55 victory.
Leading the way for the Vikings was Nathan Wedel 35 points and 12 rebounds and was key to the second and third quarter surges.
In the second quarter Wedel had seven of the Vikings 18 points and then added another 14 in the third quarter.
He finished with 12 field goals on the night including a trio of three-pointers and went 8-for-9 from the line including 5-of-6 in the fourth quarter.
Joining him in double digits was Tim Wager who had 12 points while Alex Waldner had 10.
Andrew Ulvestad finished with eight, Jayden Waldner had six and Cole Glanzer had two.
Ulvestad and Wager each added nine rebounds while Wager also led with five assists and three steals.
As a team, James Valley Christian shot 50 percent from the field (24-of-48).
For the Warbirds, a tough three-point third quarter where Ryne Johnsonís lone bucket was the lone bright spot for eight minutes.
They did get balanced scoring the rest of the night as Alex Babcock led with 18 points followed by Johnson who had 15, all on three-pointers and Lorenzo Williams finished with 13. The only other Warbird to score was Bennett White who finished with nine.
Babcock also grabbed nine rebounds and Williams had five but Wolsey-Wessington was outrebounded 39-23.
They shot a respectable 45 percent from the field, and over 40 percent from the free-throw line.
Williams led the team with six assists and two steals, despite picking up his second foul at the end of the first quarter and sitting down for the entire second period.
James Valley Christian is now 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the 281 conference while Wolsey-Wessington picks up its first loss (3-1) and is 0-1 in 281 conference play.
The Vikings will take on Sully Buttes Saturday in Onida and the Warbirds will host Iroquois on Tuesday.
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