Jon Winter|The Miller Press
Sunshine Bible’s Drew McClain surveys the defense as Jaden Brockel works to get open in boys basketball action against Wessington Springs on December 18.
The Sunshine Bible Academy Crusaders hosted the Wessington Springs Spartans in a boys’ and girls’ basketball double header on December 18.
The Lady Crusaders won a nail-biter in overtime by a score of 57-54. The game was close throughout, with the Spartans holding on to the 26-24 lead heading in to halftime. The Spartans extended their lead in the third quarter to 42-37. The Crusaders battled back to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter at a score of 50-50. The Crusaders notched the victory in overtime, 57-54.
Tricia Wilken led the Crusaders with 25 points. Sarah Pedersen netted 14 points and four rebounds. Shanna Moreland netted seven points. Sierra Young added six points, with Cassie Beckwith adding five points. Moreland led the Crusaders with 18 rebounds. Beckwith grabbed 10 rebounds for the Crusaders. Pedersen, Wilken and Rebekah Konechne each added five rebounds for the SBA team.
The Spartans had four players scoring double figures led by Devin Tebay netting 21 points. Sheyanne Brodkorb, Shyanne Kopfmann and Cassidy Mussick each added 10 points.
In the boys’ contest, the Crusaders overpowered the Spartans by a score of 61-36. The Crusaders opened the game with an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders extended their lead to 29-18 at halftime. They extended their lead again in the third quarter to 13 points, with a score of 41-28. They cemented the victory in the fourth with a 20-point outburst.
Three Crusader players scored in double figures led by Brady Brockel with 16 points. Drew McClain netted 15 points for the Crusaders, and Jaden Brockel added 12 points. Brian LaDue added eight points, with Daniel Pedersen adding five points, Chibueze Egeruoh adding three points, and Isaac Clark with two points.
Brady Brockel led the Crusaders with nine rebounds, and LaDue pulled down eight rebounds. Pedersen and Egeruoh each pulled down six rebounds, followed by McClain with five and Jaden Brockel with four. Clark pulled down one.
Braden Jones led the Spartans with eight points. Deion Sails and Zachary Paulson added seven points.