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Blue Jays nearly knock off No. 1 BHS
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The Blue Jay girls made the No. 1-ranked basketball team in the state sweat it out on their home court.

But Bismarck senior guard Kylee Leingang came up with the dagger the Demons were looking for in the final seconds, lifting Bismarck to its 14th consecutive victory by the final of 60-55 in Bismarck on Friday night.

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Ahead of the Jays by just two points at 57-55, Bismarck got the ball into the hands of Leingang following a timeout with 42 seconds left in the contest. She’d go on to bury her third 3-pointer of the game to produce the final score and help her team avoid a huge upset by the Blue Jays.

In the nightcap, the Blue Jay boys were defeated 74-50. Jamestown will wrap up the regular season on Tuesday at home against Bismarck St. Mary’s.

The Blue Jay girls were in control of their game early, jumping out to a nine-point, 21-12 lead with 5:49 left in the first half. But Jamestown’s offense went stagnant after that, allowing the Demons to close the half on a 12-1 run to take a 24-22 lead at the break.

Bismarck kept rolling in the second half, increasing the run to 22-1 by scoring the first 10 points of the second 18 minutes. Bismarck’s Courtney Trolliey and McKenzie Kiefer each drilled treys to start the second, as the Demons led by 12 at 34-22.

Trolliey, a 6-foot senior forward, finished with a game-high 21 points.

The Blue Jays, however, were far from finished. The team went on to drill six 3-pointers in the half to take a 53-50 lead with five minutes to play.

Jamestown’s Erin Mullowney and McKayla Orr each hit two treys, while Meghan Orr and Emily Reiten splashed in the others. McKayla Orr led the Jays with 17 points, while Paige Peterson finished with 15 points.

But that’s when Leingang heated up. She immediately answered with a trey of her own to tie the score at 53-all, and a layup by Trolliey put Bismarck ahead 56-55 with less than three minutes left to play and the Demons would hang on from there.

The Jays played the Demons tough twice this season, falling 71-65 to Bismarck on Feb. 1 in Jamestown.

The Demons moved to 17-1 on the season and they are undefeated at 15-0 in the WDA. The only loss Bismarck has suffered all year was an 88-65 hiccup to Miramonte, Calif. on Jan. 3 in Gillette, Wyo.

Jamestown fell to 9-9 overall and 8-7 in the West Region. The Jays will be looking to avenge a 56-55 loss to Bismarck St. Mary’s earlier in the season on Tuesday.

Demons 74, Blue Jays 50

The Demon defense stifled the Blue Jays early.

Bismarck’s Taylor Schafer converted six straight points on a traditional trey and one from long range to help the Demons establish a 16-3 advantage to get the game started. The Jays, on the other hand, were held without a field goal over the first four minutes.

Turnovers were a problem for Jamestown, as they’d commit 12 in the first half, while only sinking six field goals, to fall behind 40-20 at the break. Logan Anderson accounted for 11 of Jamestown’s 20 first-half points.

Bismarck led by as many as 29 points in the second, but sophomore Tanner Lunzman did provide the Blue Jay fans with some excitement. He drilled four second-half 3-pointers and led all scoring with a game-high 20 points.

Anderson finished with 13 for the Jays, who wound up committing 21 turnovers in the game. Schafer and Jon Tharaldsen ended with 16 and 14 points, respectively, to pace the Demons.

The Blue Jays slipped to 5-13 overall with the loss.

Girls

Bismarck 60, Jamestown 55

Jamestown 22 33 — 55

Bismarck 24 36 — 60

Jamestown — McKayla Orr 17, Paige Peterson 15, Erin Mullowney 9, Emily Reiten 5, Addie Eamon 4, Meghan Orr 3, Taylor Schmeichel 2. Totals: 21 FG, 6-8 FT, 15 fouls, 13 turnovers. 3-pointers: McKayla Orr 3, Mullowney 2, Meghan Orr 1, Reiten 1.

Bismarck — Courtney Trolliey 21, Kylee Leingang 13, Keisha Englehardt 13, Ashlee Hilzendeger 6, McKenzie Kiefer 5, Alison Fisher 2. Totals: 24 FG, 7-13 FT, 13 fouls, 8 turnovers. 3-pointers: Leingang 3, Trolliey 1, Kiefer 1.

Records: Bismarck 17-1 (15-0 WDA); Jamestown 9-9 (8-7).

Boys

Bismarck 74, Jamestown 50

Jamestown 20 30 — 50

Bismarck 40 34 — 74

Jamestown — Tanner Lunzman 20, Logan Anderson 13,Nick Fuchs 7, Marc Wagner 4, Peyton Walker 4, Noah Wanzek 2. Totals: 15 FG, 16-19 FT, 15 fouls, 21 turnovers. 3-pointers: Lunzman 4.

Bismarck — Taylor Schafer 16, Jon Tharaldsen 14, Hayden Gibson 13, James Iron Eyes 8, Dylan Werner 8, Stanley Jones 4, Seth Hellmen 4, Justin Fleck 3, Nathan Dinga 2, Luke Keller 2. Totals: 30 FG, 8-16 FT, 13 fouls, 13 turnovers. 3-pointers: Gibson 3, Schafer 2, Fleck 1.

Records: Bismarck 13-5 (11-4 WDA); Jamestown 5-13 (4-11 WDA).

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