HURON — The James Valley Christian Vikings boys’ basketball team jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead which grew to 22 points by halftime as they defeated Dakota Christian 63-34 Friday night.
The Vikings were led by Alex Waldner who scored 13 points, while Nathan Wedel added 12.
Andrew Ulvestad led the Vikings front-court domination as he and Wedel grabbed eight rebounds.
James Valley Christian was tremendously efficient with its offense committing just nine turnovers but recording 22 assists on 22 field goals.
Ulvestad and Wedel each had five of that total.
Defensively, the Vikings forced 17 turnovers and 11 steals led by Waldner and Tim Wager, who each had four.
James Valley Christian is now 16-1 on the season and will play White River today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
The Dakota Christian School girls’ team built a 9-point lead after one period, but James Valley came back to cut that lead to four points, 24-20 at half and then went into the fourth period tied at 32.
However, Dakota Christian outscored the Lady Vikings 19-11 in the final period to pick up the win.
Khiree Held had a game-high 22 points and Katelyn Held had 11 points.
Khiree Held also had six of James Valley Christian’s 25 rebounds, while Mallory Johnson, Hannah Loban and Katelyn Held each had four.
The Vikings had five three-pointers but shot just 29 percent from the field compared to Dakota Christian’s 56.8 mark.
Hannah Loban also had four of her team’s 13 steals and four of her team’s seven assists.
James Valley Christian next plays Tuesday when they travel to Sanborn Central to play the Blackhawks.
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