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Dickinson High senior Rachel Schroeder faces Jamestown senior Billie Buchanan during a girls basketball game Thursday night at the JHS gymnasium.
Photo by John M. Steiner / Forum News Service Dickinson High senior Rachel Schroeder faces Jamestown senior Billie Buchanan during a girls basketball game Thursday night at the JHS gymnasium.

No. 4 Jamestown hangs on late to defeat Midgets

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JAMESTOWN -- Tied at 47 with 8 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the game, Jamestown's defense used its midcourt trap to turn up the heat.

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The fourth-ranked Blue Jays scored eight of their 11 consecutive points off turnovers and held Dickinson High without a field goal for the final 2:37 in a 69-59 West Region win Thursday at the JHS gym.

The victory was meaningless for the West Region Tournament, which starts Thursday in Bismarck. Jamestown (15-4, 13-3 West) was already locked into the No. 2 seed, while Dickinson (7-12, 5-11 West) had clinched the No. 6 seed.

The two teams looked to be pretty even, despite Jamestown leading for most of the game. But when Dickinson's Sydney Gangl hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 47, Jamestown kicked it into high gear with help from standout guard Kyra Dewald, who poured in a game-high 27 points to go with nine steals.

"She knows how to guard and get us started," Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg said. "Then we've got Paige (Peterson) with her long arms and if they throw it to the corner, they have to deal with (McKayla) Orr."

Four steals at half court all led to points. The run was coupled with a Miah Dabill 3-pointer from the left corner that put Jamestown up 58-47 with 4:15 remaining.

"Dewald made some plays for them," Dickinson coach Dan Pender said. "She got some steals and they capitalized. Our kids battled and I'm proud of them."

Skunberg said it was nice scoring points without having to set up the offense. The Midgets finished with 28 turnovers.

"That was definitely our spark," he said. "We didn't even have to run any offense. We just kept trapping."

Erin Mullowney and Dabill both finished with 10 points, each hitting a pair of 3-pointers for Jamestown, which held a 30-23 lead at halftime.

The Blue Jays led by as many as 12 in the first half at 30-18, but a 3-pointer from Gangl, along with two free throws by Riley Cooper, closed the lead going into halftime.

Offsetting Dewald was Dickinson forward Ali Moody, who dumped in 23 points. Gangl added 18.

The Midgets will have the No. 6 seed and play No. 3 seed Bismarck High in the West Region Tournament quarterfinals.

D: Ali Moody 23, Sydney Gangl 18, Rachel Schroeder 8, Taylor Cooper 5, Riley Cooper 4, Meryl Kovacs 1.

J: Kyra Dewald 27, Erin Mullowney 10, Miah Dabill 10, McKayla Orr 7, Billie Buchanan 7, Paige Peterson 6, Rebekah Horgan 2.

Halftime: J 30-23. 3-pointers: D 4-13 (Gangl 4), J 5-17 (Mullowney 2, Dabill 2, Dewald). Free-throws: D 19-25, J 16-22. Total fouls: D 20, J 19. Fouled out: D, Gangl, T. Cooper. Rebounds: D 31 (Moody 11), J 25 (Orr 6). Assists: D 1 (Moody), J 6 (Orr 3). Blocks: 5 (T. Cooper 3), J 0. Steals: D 6 (Moody 2), J 19 (Dewald 9, Orr 5). Turnovers: D 28, J 16.

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