James Valley Christian’s Jaclyn Loban drives to the basket against Wessington Springs’ Cassidy Musick during their game Tuesday at Huron Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — It wasn’t decided until James Valley Christian School senior Jaclyn Loban hit a driving layup with less than three seconds to play, to give the Lady Vikings a 46-44 victory over the Wessington Springs Lady Spartans Tuesday at Huron Arena.
The final period saw the Lady Spartans cap off a 12-0 run to go up 36-30 with seven minutes to play in the game.
James Valley Christian had led 24-16 at halftime and kept that six point lead for much of the third period including when Loban hit a pair of free-throws to put James Valley Christian up 30-24.
But that is when Wessington Springs went on its run to hold JVC scoreless for the final two minutes of the third quarter and the first minute and a half of the final quarter.
Meanwhile, Wessington Springs offensively scored on six straight possessions.
Junior Devin Tebay had six of the points during the run, while sophomore Sheyann Brodkorb had a field goal and a couple of free throws. Sophomore Shyanne Kopfmann had the other field goal on a hook shot from inside the paint.
However, James Valley Christian would answer the 12-0 run, quickly and pull within two points in the next three trips as senior Tara Nihart hit a pair of three-pointers during the next three trips.
In between her shots Kopfmann hit a pair of free throws that kept the lady Spartans ahead 38-36.
Loban eventually tied the game at 38 with a pair of free throws of her own with 4:32 left to play.
Brodkorb went 1-for-2 from the line with 3:46 on the clock leaving the door open of the Lady Vikings to take the lead.
Nihart kicked down the door with a three-pointer to give James Valley Christian a two-point lead 41-39.
On the next trip down sophomore Anna Ulvestad hit another three-pointer giving the Lady Vikings a 44-39 lead with 2:22 remaining.
Wessington Springs wasn’t done however, as they played good defense over the next 2:10 to give their offense a chance to catch up.
Sophomore Morgan Tebay went 1-of-2 from the line to cut the lead to four with 2:12 to go.
Then with just less than a minute to play junior Cassidy Musick hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to two, 44-42.
She fouled Loban on the next trip down, however, the senior missed the front-end of a one-and-one and the Spartans grabbed the rebound.
After a timeout, Brodkorb hit a six-foot baseline jumper over a trio over Lady Vikings to tie the game at 44 with 20 seconds to play.
The Vikings however got the ball into the front court beating the Spartan press and James Valley Christian Head Coach Tim Nihart called a timeout just less than 10 seconds to play setting up the final where Jacklyn Loban got the inbound pass near the free-throw line and drove the right side of the lane putting up the game-winner.
Nihart finished with 17 points including five of her teams eight three-pointers while Loban had 13 points.
For the Lady Spartans Brodkorb had 13 while Devin Tebay had a dozen and Musick finished with eight, including Wessington Springs’ only 3-pointer.
The Lady Spartans were very active on the backboards outrebounding the Lady Vikings 32-16 with Brodkorb and Kopfmann each having seven rebounds while Musick had five. Betsy Nelson had seven to lead James Valley Christian.
However, defensively the Lady Vikings had 11 steals led by Hannah Loban who had five to go with her six points. Meanwhile, Wessington Springs had just four as a team.
James Valley Christian advances to the District 5B Championship game Thursday at Huron Arena against Sanborn Central-Woonsocket which defeated Wolsey-Wessington 80-24.
For the Lady Spartans they finish the season with a 8-13 record but could return every play from Thursday’s game as none of them are seniors.
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