Midgets shooting goes cold: Poor shooting first half costly against Jamestown
Shots and some quality looks were available throughout much of the night for the Dickinson High girls basketball team. Unfortunately, they just weren't falling.
Doomed by a five-minute scoreless stretch midway through the first half, the Midgets fell to Jamestown 69-37 on Friday, Jan. 12 from the Dickinson High Gym.
"In the first few minutes of the first half, I thought we got decent shots and they just weren't going in, but that's because we were moving the basketball" Dickinson head coach James Hayden said. "After the first five minutes, we just didn't move the basketball at all and because of that, we had to take some shots that were forced."
After beginning the season poorly, the Blue Jays have won five straight games.
"We got after it early," Jamestown head coach Andy Skunberg said. "We tried to set tone early. I said, 'We had a three and half hour road trip. We need to get a good warmup, get a good sweat going and start out flying around. Causing turnovers, getting stops, pushing it trying to get easy transition shots, that helped us get the lead.'"
Jamestown jumped out to a 18-9 lead after a 3-pointer from senior guard Alyssa Ukestad. The Midgets responded when sophomore guard Peyton Selle banked in a runner off the glass.
What followed for Dickinson was a five-minute dry spell where a lid appeared to be on the basket. The Midgets were getting some good looks, particularly from the perimeter, but the attempts weren't dropping.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays burst out to a 16-0 run.
Off of a Midgets turnover, Jamestown sophomore forward Katherine Horgan completed a three-point play to push the lead to 12. Following another turnover, senior guard Megan Gaffaney dished off to junior guard forward Courtney Peterson on the fast break for an easy finish.
After gobbling up an offensive rebound, sophomore guard Jessa Anderson added a three-point play of her own and senior guard Olivia Nihill ended the run with the hoop and harm.
Dickinson's scoring drought finally ended when sophomore Audrey Rodakowski made a basket inside while being fouled. Her made free throw was the only Midgets attempt from the foul line in the opening half, compared to the Blue Jays shooting 9-for-11 from the line.
The Midgets shot only 21 percent (6-for-28) and were 1-for-9 from three-point territory in the first half.
Playing through Rodakowski in the post, Dickinson showed fluidity offensively to begin the second half. After being double teamed, she found senior guard McKenna Weiler for a corner 3-pointer.
The 6-foot forward drew a shooting foul the next time down the floor and again found Weiler open from long distance, but her shot, which would've tighten the gap to 14, was off the mark.
The Midgets played better collectively, moving the ball around as they operated and their half court set. They also competed on the defensive end, forcing turnovers in their full court press.
Jamestown had four players in double figures, led by sophomore guard Kameron Selvig's game-high 14 points. Junior guard Gabby Jung led Dickinson with 12 points and seven steals while Rodakowski added nine points.
"It was a tough loss," Hayden said. "We expected to come and be more competitive than we were. The first half, we didn't play together and the second half we did. A team like that, if you don't come out right around, be ready to go, and play together, they are going to do what they did."
Jamestown 69, Dickinson High 37
J 36 33
D 14 23
J: Kameron Selvig 14, Katherine Horgan 13, Magan Gaffaney 13, Alyssa Ukestad 10, Olivia Nihill 5, Jessica Walter 5, Jessa Anderson 5, Courtney Peterson 4.
D: Gabby Jung 12, Audrey Rodakowski 9, Peyton Selle 5, McKenna Weiler 3, Marley McChesney 2, Kelsey Privatski 2, Kendryn Bullinger 2, Lacey Forsness 2.
Halftime: J 36, D 14. 3-pointers: J 4 (Ukestad 2, Selvig 2), D 3 (Jung 2). Free throws: J 11-13, D 4-6. Total fouls: J 12, D 13. Rebounds: J 46 (Horgan 8), D 37 (Selle 8). Assists: J 5 (Ukestad 1), D 5 (Selle 2). Steals: J 14 (Gaffaney 4), D 11 (Jung 7). Blocks: J 0, D 0. Turnovers: J 19, D 25. Records: J 6-4 (West Region 3-4), D 3-7 (West Region 2-6).