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Blue Jays throttle Dickinson 65-38

Jamestown’s Paige Peterson tracks down a loose ball in front of Dickinson’s Meryl Kovacs on Friday night at the JHS gym. (Chris Aarhus / The Sun)

Jamestown’s youth was all over the court on Friday night.

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. The Jays had five triples in the opening half, eventually winning 65-38 in West Region girls basketball at the JHS gym.

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“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.

“My shots were going today,” Schmeichel said.

The Jays allowed a jumper and a single free throw over the final 12 minutes, 46 seconds of the first half. Dickinson finished with 22 turnovers.

“There was a good team effort in the first half, allowing 10 points,” Skunberg said. “The game plan was just to come out and play straight up man. We got a lot of that in tonight. We got it done defensively in the first half.”

Paige 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. The Jays host Williston at 3:30 today.

Jamestown 65, Dickinson 38

Dickinson 10 38

Jamestown 34 65

Dickinson: 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. Totals 15 FG, 7-12 FT.

Jamestown: Taylor Schmeichel 16, Paige Peterson 14, McKayla Orr 11, Addie Eamon 7, Sam Johnson 6, Katelyn Willer 5, Meghan Orr 3, Erin Mullowney 3. Totals: 25 FG, 4-14 FT.

3-pointers: D 2 (Gangl), J 6 (Schmeichel 2, Johnson 2, Mullowney, Meghan Orr). Turnovers: D 22, J 15.

Records: Dickinson 0-4 region, 0-5 overall. Jamestown 2-1, 3-3.

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or

Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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