BY PLAINSMAN STAFF
HURON — The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds visited the James Valley Christian Vikings in a 281 Conference high school basketball doubleheader Thursday night. JVC escaped with a 43-35 win in the girls’ game, while the Warbirds cruised to a 43-20 win in a defensive boys’ contest.
A game that saw a number of runs by each team ended with the James Valley Christian Lady Vikings getting the final push as JVC notched its third win of the season, in a contest between two very young ball clubs. A total of five seniors total grace the two rosters.
After the Lady Warbirds held a brief 1-0 lead to open the game, JVC sophomore Brenna Held got it rolling, as she scored eight of JVC’s 10 first quarter points, all of them in the paint off some nifty inside passing on the part of her teammates.
While Held was spearheading the Lady Viking attack, Wolsey-Wessington leaned on freshman guard Leah Williams. The 5-foot, 6-inch Williams scored all six of Wolsey-Wessington’s first quarter points, although the Lady Warbirds left a handful of points on the court with some missed inside shots. James Valley Christian owned an 18-12 lead at the break.
The opening moments of the second half set the tone for the final 16 minutes of play.
Mya Boomsma hit a three pointer for the Lady Warbirds and followed it with a deuce on Wolsey-Wessington’s next possession carved the margin to three points, only to see Karilyn Wieting hit a three pointer for the Lady Vikings. After another three, this one from Lizzi Brandt for the Lady Warbirds, JVC scored the next six points to push the margin back to nine points, at 29-20.
But W-W was not done, as Chantel Haider hit a short jumper and Williams drained a three, before Held and Emily Hasart hit on back-to-back possessions to make it 33-25 headed to the final quarter.
The script stayed the same - Wolsey-Wessington would cut the margin - only to see JVC come back and push the lead back out. The final Lady Warbird push got them within three, at 38-35 as Brandt and Boomsma scored and after an offensive foul on Wieting, Wolsey-Wessington was poised to get over the hump.
But a turnover, and subsequent foul sent Held to the line, where she hit both charity tosses. In fact, after an 0-fer from the line in the first half, the Lady Vikings hit 5-of-6 in the closing minute to secure the win.
Held led the way with 20 points and claimed 11 rebounds, while Wieting added 17 as JVC moved to 3-4 on the season. Summer Gross also was credited with 10 rebounds. The Lady Vikings will travel this afternoon to take on Sully Buttes in Onida.
Wolsey-Wessington, which falls to 1-4, will participate in the Pheasant Classic today in Redfield. The Lady Warbirds were led by Williams’ 11 points and Boomsma tacked on 10 and had four rebounds.
Wolsey-Wessington 6 12 25 35
James Valley Christian 10 18 33 43
Wolsey-Wessington (1-4): Leah Williams 4 2-4 11; Chantel Haider 1 0-0 2; Mya Boomsma 4 1-2 10; Brynn Haider 0 1-3 1; Lizzy Brandt 2 0-0 5; Hailey Clarke 1 0-0 2; Faith Nelson 2 0-0 4. Totals: 14 4-9 35.
James Valley Christian (3-4): Summer Gross 0 0-1 0; Brenna Held 9 2-3 20; Emily Hasart 3 0-0 6; Karilyn Wieting 6 4-9 17. Totals: 18 6-13 43.
The Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds fell behind in the opening minutes, but quickly righted the ship and once they got the lead they built upon it the rest of the way, to go to 6-0 on the season.
James Valley Christian scored the first four points of the game, but after the Warbirds caught them midway through the quarter, then ran the final six points of the period for a 10-6 lead, the Vikings never got much closer.
After Corbin Haarmeyer scored for WW to open the second quarter, Richard Rink hit a three for JVC to carve the difference to three, but then saw the Warbirds run the next eight points, as four players each hit deuces. The Vikings had a brief rally, but trailed 22-13 at the halftime break.
The Warbirds built upon the foundation laid in the second quarter throughout the third. Payson Gohn hit a pair of charity tosses and then added a layup before Brevan Hooks drained a three and Ethan Nelson scored on back-to-back possessions while all the Vikings managed throughout most of the quarter was another three from Rink, until Karlus Waldner hit a short shot at the buzzer that made the margin 15 points - 33-18 with one period to go.
The teams went cold in the fourth quarter, as after four-and-a-half minutes, the only points in the period was a Hooks layup before Hooks hit a pair of free throws with three minutes in the game. Both teams got two shots to fall in the closing minute of the game for the final 43-22 margin.
The Vikings had difficulty scoring in the second half, as they only managed to put down nine points in the final 16 minutes of play. JVC remains winless at 0-5.
The Vikings were led by Rink’s 12 points. They will attempt to get off the schnide today at Sully Buttes.
The Warbirds put seven in the scoring columns, led by Hooks’ nine points, while Gohn scored eight. Wolsey-Wessington is back in acton on Tuesday when it hosts Iroquois-Doland.
Wolsey-Wessington 10 22 33 43
James Valley Christian 6 13 16 22