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Blue Jays use 1st half to handle DHS

FNS Photo by Chris Aarhus Jamestown’s Sami Johnson, middle, comes down with a rebound against Dickinson senior forward Sierra Rohr, left, and Lillie Meduna on Friday at JHS gymnasium.

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown girls basketball team’s youth was all over the court on Friday.

Stifling defense kept Dickinson to just 10 first-half points, and underclassmen Sami Johnson, Meghan Orr and Taylor Schmeichel joined Erin Mullowney as being instrumental in Jamestown’s 3-point attack.

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The Blue Jays had five triples in the opening half en route to a 65-38 West Region win over Dickinson.

“We were doing pretty good on the outside,” said Schmeichel, a sophomore. “We were hitting a lot of long field goals and we usually don’t do that. We did a lot of good today.”

Dickinson turned the ball over 12 times in the game’s first 11 minutes, leading to easy baskets for Jamestown. But the Blue Jays turned that into extra points by working the ball around setting up open 3-pointers.

“Paige (Peterson) is getting a lot of command in the middle and people are crashing in on her,” Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg said. “We need people to spot up and hit shots. We have that capability. We have people who can make some shots, and that makes us dangerous.”

Schmeichel had a career-high 16 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, Johnson, Orr and Mullowney also had first-half treys, as Jamestown led 34-10 at halftime.

The Blue Jays (3-3, 2-1 West Region) allowed a jumper and a single free throw over the final 12 minutes, 46 seconds of the first half. Dickinson finished with 22 turnovers.

After making just four baskets in the first half, Dickinson responded with a 28-point second half. The Midgets’ head coach Dan Pender said the team managed to forget about the first-half woes on focus on the next 18 minutes of play.

“We are still trying to find our identity offensively,” he said. “We didn’t shoot very well in the first half. At halftime, we wanted to start being aggressive and attack. I thought in the second half we played wonderful. We got after it.”

Peterson finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Jays, which won despite a dismal 4-of-14 performance from the free-throw line.

Riley Cooper led the Midgets (1-4, 0-4 West Region) with seven points, while Riana Cooper added six. Avery Privratsky, Meryl Kovacs, Sydney Gangl, Sierra Rohr and Lexi Jordheim all had four points.

The Midgets return home to play Miles City, Mont., at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Pender is hoping the team can put together an entire game.

“I told them after the game that I was proud of the way we played in the second half,” he said. “Every team is going to have a funk throughout the game, but we can’t go on these long stretches where we aren’t scoring. We did some good things in the second half and we got to carry that on into next week.”

D: Riley Cooper 7, Riana Cooper 6, Avery Privatsky 4, Meryl Kovacs 4, Sydney Gangl 4, Sierra Rohr 4, Lexi Jordheim 4, Lillie Meduna 3. Jayde Lawlar 2.

J: Taylor Schmeichel 16, Paige Peterson 14, McKayla Orr 11, Addie Eamon 7, Sam Johnson 6, Katelyn Willer 5, Meghan Orr 3, Erin Mullowney 3.

Half: 34-10. Free throws: D 7-12, J 4-14. Turnovers: D 22, J 15. Records: D 1-4 (0-4 West Region), J 3-3 (2-1 West Region).