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JVC rolls past Spartans in 9B semifinals

Posted: Thursday, Feb 28th, 2013

James Valley Christian’s Adam Hofer drives to the basket against Wessington Springs’ Austin Messmer during their game in the District 9B semifinals on Tuesday at Huron Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — The James Valley Christian School Vikings took care of business Tuesday evening in setting up a rematch of two of the state’s top teams by defeating Wessington Springs 92-35.

The Vikings (19-2) will now play Wolsey-Wessington (20-1) which defeated Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 64-26 in the other District 5B semifinal played at Huron Arena.

The two teams will play again after a 62-57 victory by the Warbirds just nine days ago.

The Vikings who have were all business after Wessington Springs took their only lead on a jumper by junior Trenity Kenobbie.

James Valley Christian scored the six points unanswered to make it 6-2 then after a free-thow by senior Deion Sails the Vikings ran off 16 straight points to close out the quarter.

Senior Leon Brondsema kicked of the 16-point run as he was one of six different players to score as the Vikings built a 22-3 first quarter advantage.

Junior Alex Waldner had his second basket on the next trip as did Nathan Wedel And junior Andrew Ulvestad to make it 14-3.

Seniors Caleb Stahl and Adam Hofer would get baskets towards the end of the rally.

However, Wessington Springs continued to struggle on offense coming out of the quarter break and JVC scored the first nine points to build a 28-point lead, 31-3.

By halftime, James Valley Christian led 45-17, and Waldner, Hofer, Wedel and Ulvestad were on their way to double figures.

Walder had eight by intermission, while Hofer had five, Wedel had 11 and Ulvestad had seven.

Waldner added six more in the third period to finish with 14, while Hofer added another five to finish with 10.

Wedel scored just a pair of free throws in the third quarter but had the only two baskets by starters in the fourth quarter to finish with 17.

Ulvestad had eight in the third quarter to push his final total to 15.

From there Stahl, who finished with eight along with senior Donnie Decker and Tim Wager each scoring six to bolster the bench’s scoring.

For the Spartans, junior Braden Jones had 11 points including a trio of three-pointers and Sails finished with seven.

Along with his game-high 17 points Wedel also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Brondsema had eight and Stahl had five as the Vikings finished with a total of 40.

For the Spartans, sophomore Austin Messmer had six to lead his team while senior Bailey Willman and Jones each had four of their team’s total of 29.

Hofer had three of the Vikings 14 steals while Sails had two of the Spartans three steals.

James Valley Christian handled the ball with great control committing just seven turnovers to the Spartans 21.

The efficient Viking offense which shot 63 percent (34-for-54) during the game also had 19 assists led by Hofer with five and Waldner with four.

Wessington Springs was led by Willman who had four of his team’s nine assists.

Wessington just never found the range on their shooting consistently making just 15 percent of their two-point field goals (6-of-40) and just 27 percent (5-of-18) of their three-point field goals.

While the Vikings played well head coach Darwin Hofer still knows the team can play better.

“There’s always room for improvement,” said Hofer. “You’re never at where you want to be. We still see things to improve on.”

And while he didn’t know who his team would be playing, the most important thing for his team Thursday night is to play their style.

“No matter who we play either team is going to be tough competition,” said Hofer. “You still have to go out and play JVC style basketball. We want to start quick and keep it uptempo.”

And while they are the returning champions, this year’s senior-laden team knows what is at stake a chance to keep their season alive.

Wessington Springs 3 17 28 35

James Valley Christian 22 45 71 92

Wessington Springs: Austin Messmer 1 0-0 2; Braden Jones 3 2-4 11; Trenity Kenobbie 2 0-0 4; Bailey Willman 1 0-0 3; Jevon Hohn 0 1-2 1; Deion Sails 3 1-2 7; Jake Krohmer 1 0-0 3; Blake Messmer 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 4-8 35.

James Valley Christian: Alex Waldner 7 0-0 14; Adam Hofer 4 1-2 10; Leon Brondsema 3 1-1 7; Nathan Wedel 6 5-6 17; Andrew Ulvestad 5 2-2 15; Caleb Stahl 4 0-1 8; Donnie Decker 2 0-0 4; Cole Glanzer 3 0-0 6; Ben Loewen 0 1-2 1; Tim Wager 2 2-4 6; Jayden Waldner 1 0-1 2; Lincoln Witte 1 0-1 2. Totals: 38 12-20 92.

Rebounds: WS 29 (A. Messmer 6); JVC 40 (Wedel 9). 3-point goals: WS 5 (Jones 3, Willman 1, Krohmer 1); JVC 4 (Ulvestad 3, Hofer 1). Turnovers: WS 21; JVC 7. Assists: WS 9 (Willman 4); JVC 19 (Hofer 5). Steals: WS 3 (Sails 2); JVC 14 (Hofer 3). Fouls: WS 17; JVC 9.

For the complete article see the 02-27-2013 issue.

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