Top seeds win openers in 281 boys' tourney

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WOLSEY — Top-seeded Wessington Springs cruised to a 71-19 victory against No. 8 Sunshine Bible Academy in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday.

The Spartans led 18-7 after the opening quarter and held SBA to just three points in the second quarter to build a 40-10 lead at the half.

Parker Graff had 15 points to lead three players in double figures for Wessington Springs, which improved to 7-1. Ryder Michalek and Colby Flowers each had 10 points, while Brock Krueger added nine points.

Michalek also had a team-high seven rebounds and four assists, while Krueger had four assists. Graff recorded five steals.

Trey Thieman had 15 of the 19 points in the game for the Crusaders, who are now 1-6. He also had three rebounds and three steals.

Wessington Springs will face fourth-seeded James Valley Christian in the semifinals at 5 p.m., today in Wolsey. Sunshine Bible Academy will play Highmore-Harrold in the consolation semifinals at 5 p.m., today in the JVC gym in Huron.

Sunshine Bible Acad.      7  10  17  19
Wessington Springs      18  40  57  71

Sunshine Bible Academy (1-6): Trey Thielman 6 0-0 15; Tarrence Mikelson 2 0-0 4. Totals: 8 0-0 19.

Wessington Springs (7-1): Blake Larson 2 2-2 6; Parker Graff 6 2-2 15; Ryder Michalek 4 2-2 10; Brock Krueger 3 2-2 9; Colby Flowers4 2-3 10; Karter Mebius 2 1-2 5; Luke Larson 2 0-0 6; Brandon Flowers 2 0-2 4; Blake Miller 1 0-0 2; Wesley Molnar 1 0-1 2; Brett Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 11-16 71.

Rebounds: SBA 14 (Thieman 3); WS 28 (Michalek 7). 3-point goals: SBA 3 (Thieman 3); WS 4 (L. Larson 2, Graff 1, Krueger 1). Turnovers: SBA 31; WS 10. Assists: SBA 8; WS 17 (Krueger 4, Michalek 4). Steals: SBA 10 (Thieman 3); WS 18 (Graff 5). Fouls: SBA 13; WS 6.


Parker Graff of Wessington Springs puts up a shot as a trio of Sunshine Bible Academy players defend during their game in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday in Wolsey.

James Valley Christian 53, Highmore-Harrold 46
WOLSEY — Fourth-seeded James Valley Christian used a strong fourth quarter to withstand an upset bid by fifth-seeded Highmore-Harrold in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday.

The Vikings trailed 32-31 heading into the final quarter of play.

Jerrad Wallman had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead JVC to the victory. Dax Frandsen also reached double figures with 10 points, while Davis Chase added nine points.

Chase also had five assists for the Vikings, who a e are now 3-4, while Ethan Bartholow had two steals.

Trake Cowan netted a game-high 24 points for Highmore-Harrold. Carson Stephenson added nine points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the free-throw line.

James Valley Christian will face top-seeded Wessington Springs in the semifinals at 5 p.m., today in Wolsey. Highmore-Harrold will play No. 8 Sunshine Bible Academy in the consolation semifinals at 5 p.m., today at the JVC gym in Huron.

Highmore-Harrold          8  21  32  46
James Valley Christian  9  19  31  53

Highmore-Harrold: Carson Stephenson 1 6-6 9; Miles McPeak 2 0-1 5; Aidan Ferens 2 0-0 6; Caleb Roth 1 0-0 2; Trake Cowan 10 4-6 24. Totals: 16 10-13 46.

James Valley Christian (3-4): Dax Frandsen 2 5-6 10; Ethan Bartholow 1 0-4 2; Isaac Korell 2 0-0 4; Davis Chase 2 3-6 9; Jerrad Wallman 9 3-4 22; Gavin Waldner 2 0-0 4; Huntley Steele 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 11-20 53.

Rebounds: HH na; JVC 32 (Wallman 12). 3-point goals: HH 4 (Ferens 2, Stephenson 1, McPeak 1); JVC 4 (Chase 2, Frandsen 1, Wallman 1). Turnovers: HH na; JVC 7. Assists: HH na; JVC 11 (Chase 5). Steals: HH na; JVC 4 (Bartholow 2). Fouls: HH 18; JVC 15.


Jerrad Wallman of James Valley Christian goes up for a shot during a game against Highmore-Harrold in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday in Wolsey.

Wolsey-Wessington 77, Iroquois/Lake Preston 42
WOLSEY — Second-seeded Wolsey-Wessington outscored No. 7 Iroquois/Lake Preston 21-7 in the second quarter en route to a 77-42 victory in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday.

The Warbirds, who are now 8-1, carried a 61-35 advantage into the final quarter.

Moshe Richmond had 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals to lead Wolsey-Wessington. Caleb Richmond finished with 22 points, while Tate French had 13 points.

Peyton Raindord tallied six assists for the Warbirds.

Lucas Peskey was the lone player to reach double figures for Iroquois/Lake Preston with 10 points. Josh McMasters had eight points, while Ryne Greene and Rayson Timm each had seven points.

Peskey also had five steals for the Sharks, who are now 1-8.

Wolsey-Wessington will face third-seeded Sanborn Central/Woonsocket in the semifinals at 8 p.m., today in Wolsey. Iroquois/Lake Preston will play No. 6 Hitchcock-Tulare in the consolation semifinals at 8 p.m., today at the JVC gym in Huron.

Iroquois/Lake Preston 14  21  35  42
Wolsey-Wessington     17  38  61  77

Iroquois/Lake Preston (1-8): Josh McMasters 3 0-0 8; Lucas Peskey 4 1-2 10; Daunte Glanzer 1 0-0 2; Weston Woodock 1 0-0 3; Ryne Greene 3 0-0 7; Jaxson Long 1 0-0 2; Rexton Blue 1 0-0 3; Rayson Timm 3 1-2 7. Totals: 17 2-4 42.

Wolsey-Wessington (8-1): Caleb Richmond 7 3-3 22; Moshe Richmond 11 6-10 25; Peyton Rainford 2 0-0 5; Grant Timm 1 0-0 3; Tate French 5 2-2 13; Harley Roberts 1 0-0 3; Sawyer Nelson 1 1-2 3. Totals: 28 12-17 77.

Rebounds: ILP 16; WW 31 (M. Richmond 9). 3-point goals: ILP 6 (McMasters 2, Peskey 1, Woodock 1, Greene 1, Blue 1); WW 9 (C. Richmond 5, Rainford 1, Timm 1, French 1, Roberts 1). Turnovers: ILP 19; WW 15. Assists: ILP 1; WW 18 (Rainford 6). Steals: ILP 11 (Peskey 5); WW 11 (M. Richmond 4). Fouls: ILP 13; WW 11.


Moshe Richmond of Wolsey-Wessington goes to the basket against Ryne Greene (45) and Josh McMasters of Iroquois/Lake Preston during their game in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday in Wolsey.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 64, Hitchcock-Tulare 39
WOLSEY — Third-seeded Sanborn Central/Woonsocket earned a berth in the semifinals of the 281 Conference Tournament with a 64-39 victory against No. 6 Hitchcock-Tulare on Monday.

The Blackhawks limited Hitchccock-Tulare to just seven points in each of the final two quarters to pull away for the win.

Jeff Boschee had 15 points to lead three players in double figures for Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, which is now 4-5. Cody Slykhuis had 14 points, while Trey Moody and Payton Uecker finished with 10 and nine points, respectively.

Boschee also had a team-high 10 rebounds for the Blackhawks, while Bryce Larson had seven assists and three steals.

Patrick Maynard was the lone player to reach double figures for Hitchcock-Tulare with 13 points. Erik Salmen had nine points and Jackson Maynard had seven points.

Jackson Maynard, Patrick Maynard and Devin Enander shared the rebounding honors for the Patriots, who are now 3-5, with six boards each. Brendan Nowell had two assists, while Enander had two steals.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket will face second-seeded Wolsey-Wessington in the semifinals at 8 p.m., today in Wolsey. Hitchcock-Tulare will play seventh-seeded Iroquois/Lake Preston in the consolation semifinals at 8 p.m., today at the JVC gym in Huron.

Hitchcock-Tulare     14  25  32  39
Sanborn Cent/Woon     15  31  44  64

Hitchcock-Tulare (3-5): Brandan Nowell 1 1-2 4; Blaze Binger 1 0-4 2; Erik Salmen 4 1-2 9; Patrick Maynard 5 1-2 13; Jackson Maynard 2 2-2 7; Devin Enander 2 0-2 4. Totals: 15 5-14 39.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (4-5): Jeff Boschee 7 1-2 15; Payton Uecker 3 0-0 9; Trey Moody 3 4-4 10; Cody Slykhuis 6 2-3 14; McCoy Schulz 3 1-2 7; Landon Jensen 1 2-2 5; Grant Edwards 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 9-13 64.

Rebounds: HT 30 (J. Maynard 6, P. Maynard 6, Enander 6); SCW 35 (Boschee 10). 3-point goals: HT 4 (P. Maynard 2, J. Maynard 1, Nowell 1); SCW 4 (Uecker 3, Jensen 1). Turnovers: HT 13; SCW 6. Assists: HT 2 (Nowell 2); SCW 15 (Larson 7). Steals: HT 4 (Enander 2); SCW 9 (Larson 3). Fouls: HT 9; SCW 14.
 

Bryce Larson of Sanborn Central/Woonsocket handles the ball in the lane as Jackson Maynard of Hitchcock-Tulare defends during their game in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament on Monday in Wolsey.