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Wolsey-Wessington pulls away for win against Blackhawks

Posted: Thursday, Feb 28th, 2013

Wolsey-Wessington’s Hayden Hooks drives to the basket against Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Tucker Kingsbury during their District 9B semi-final game on Tuesday at Huron Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — The tie-breaker is set now that Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds defeated Sanborn Central-Woonsocket Blackhawks 64-26 in the District 5B boys’ basketball semifinal game Tuesday at Huron Arena.

The Warbirds will play the James Valley Christian School Vikings who defeated Wessington Springs, 92-35.

“JVC is a great team and they are well coached,” said Warbird head coach Gordon Hooks. “They are very athletic. It should be a good basketball game between two teams that know each other very well. The last two years we’ve always had close games with them.”

Tuesday, Wolsey-Wessington led by six points after one quarter, but pushed the lead to double digits in the second quarter, outscoring the Blackhawks 16-7 in the second game, pushing the lead to 15 points.

Sophomore Lorenzo William had six points in the first quarter to lead the Warbirds while junior Alex Babcock had five points in the second quarter.

Junior Davion Brooks scored eight of the Blackhawks 12 points in the first half as Sanborn Central-Woonsocket tried to stay within striking distance.

However, the Warbirds made some adjustments at halftime which led to an offensive explosion in the third quarter as they outscored the Blackhawks, 21-4.

“They had a pretty good strategy,” said Hooks. “We had to make adjustments in the the second half. We needed some good physical man-to-man defense.”

The two teams traded baskets to open the quarter which was followed by a seven-point run by the Warbirds.

Senior Ryan Sprecher started things off with the first of two third-quarter three-pointers, followed by a three-pointer by senior Hayden Hooks. Hooks added a free throw to push the lead to 22-points, 36-14.

A basket by Blackhawk’s senior Nick Miller narrowed it back to 20-points at 36-16.

Both Hooks and Miller went on to score their 1,000th career point during the game.

Then the defense began to take its toll on the Blackhawks.

The lead went from 20 points to 32 points by the end of the third quarter as Wolsey-Wessington continued to score and held the Blackhawks scoreless the rest of the quarter.

Senior Roy Lumpkin scored to push the lead to 22 and Williams had a pair of baskets to make it 42-16.

Specher then added his other three-pointer of the quarter making it 45-16.

Lumpkin then added his sixth point of the quarter to make it a 31-point lead, and a free throw by Williams made it 48-16 at the end of the quarter.

Three Warbirds finished with double figures with Williams leading the way with 18, followed by Sprecher with 12 and Hooks with 11.

Brooks led the Blackhawks with 10 points while Miller had eight and senior Drew Hinker had five.

Sprecher led the Warbirds with six of the team’s 25 rebounds while Williams had five and senior Brandon Berquist had four. Berquist also had four points.

For the Blackhawks, Miller had five of his team’s 20 rebounds.

The Warbirds had 12 assists in the game led by Hooks with four while Babcock and Sprecher each had two. Babcock finished with six points.

For the Blackhawks, senior Todd Stekl had four of his team’s six assists.

The Warbirds also defensively came up with 10 steals led by Williams with three and again Babcock and Sprecher each had a pair.

The Warbirds shot 50 percent (18-for-26) from two-point range and nearly that from three-point range as they finished 5-for-12.

The Blackhawks shot a respectable 40 percent from two-point range but missed all seven of three-point attempts.

Now the Warbirds (20-1) turn their attention to the Vikings (19-2) and Thursday night’s championship game, where only one team, the champion, will have its region ticket punched.

“It’s somewhat sad that one of the teams won’t be able to advance past Thursday night,” said Hooks.

Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 5 12 16 26

Wolsey-Wessington 11 27 48 64

Sanborn Central-Woonsocket: Todd Stekl 0 0-1 0; Nick Miller 4 0-2 8; Davion Brooks 4 2-5 10; Drew Hinker 2 1-1 5; Joe Davis 0 1-4 1; Brady Tiede 0 0-2 0; Cole Wormstadt 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 4-15 26.

Wolsey-Wessington (20-1): Hayden Hooks 2 5-6 11; Roy Lumpkin 4 1-1 9; Ryan Sprecher 4 1-2 12; Lorenzo Williams 7 4-6 18; Alex Babcock 2 2-4 6; Chris Williams 1 0-0 2; Brandon Bergquist 2 0-2 4; Randy Neuharth 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 13-21 64.

Rebounds: SCW 20 (Miller 5); WW 25 (Sprecher 6). 3-point goals: SCW 0; WW 5 (Sprecher 3, Hooks 2). Turnovers: SCW 15; WW 6. Assists: SCW 6 (Stekl 4); WW 12 (Hooks 4). Steals: SCW 2; WW 10 (L. Williams 3). Fouls: SCW 19 (Miller, out); WW 18.

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

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