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Blue Jays roll past, beat Midgets

Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson eighth-grader Lexi Jordheim, back, looks to pass against a Jamestown defender during a West Region game on Saturday at DHS gymnasium.

The story of the year for the Dickinson High girls basketball team has been slow starts and lack of aggression.

The Midgets fell behind early as Jamestown capitalized on their mistakes to take a 66-51 West Region win on Saturday at DHS Gymnasium.

“We got to come out with a sense of urgency like it’s our last game of the year and get after it,” Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. “Right now we’re doing bad habits that we’ve done all year and the girls know it, we did it the first half.”

Dickinson dug itself into a hole early was down by as much as 18 points. But the Midgets were able to battle back, get the Blue Jays into foul trouble and close the lead to 11 at the half. Despite the bounce back, Jamestown adjusted defensively and took away Dickinson’s second-chance shots.

“We gave them half their points by free throws in the first half,” Jamestown head coach Andy Skunberg said. “That’s one thing we wanted to make sure in the second half we took care of and took away their free-throw options.”

Jamestown was led by seniors Paige Peterson and McKayla Orr, who combined for 47 points on the night. Peterson recorded a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds and went 12 for 13 at the free-throw line.

The team finished 21 for 59 (36 percent) from the field but struggled with its 3-point shots, making 3 of its 15 (20 percent) attempts.

Dickinson eighth-grader Raegan Linster scored team-highs in points and rebounds with 11 and five, respectively. The Midgets overall struggled with its shooting, going 15 for 61 (25 percent) and just 4 for 14 from beyond the arc.

Dickinson has been struggling with consistently putting away shots. Pender said sometimes the team will make 3, 4 or 5 in a row, but then they will go into a rut and miss its next 10 shots.

“We’ve done it all year, working on the offense getting the ball moving and we’re just struggling doing it and the girls they understand it but we’re just not getting it done,” Pender said.

The team has three games left in the season and plays two home game against Williston at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Jamestown: Paige Peterson 27, McKayla Orr 20, Meghan Orr 8, Addie Eamon 5, Katelyn Willer 5, Taylor Schmeichel 1.

Dickinson: Raegen Linster 11, Lexi Jordheim 6, Riana Cooper 6, Sierra Rohr 6, Riley Cooper 6, Meryl Kovacs 5, Avery Privratsky 4, Sydney Gangl 3, Morgan Dukart 2, Lillie Meduna 2.

Halftime: J 34-23. Total fouls: J 16, D 22. Fouled out: Rohr. 3-point goals: J 3 (Me. Orr 2, Mc. Orr 1), D 4 (Jordheim 2, Linster 1, Riley Cooper 1). Rebounds: J 44 (Peterson 8), D 51 (Linster 5). Assists: J 11 (Me. Orr 5), D 10 (Meduna 3, Privratsky 3). Steals: J 10 (Me. Orr 3), D 9 (Linster 3, Rianna Cooper 3). Blocks: D 3 (three with 1). Turnovers: J 15, D 18.

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.