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Orr, Jays win opener in Bismarck

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McKayla Orr led Jamestown offensively, but it was her defense that stood out at the Bismarck Civic Center’s exhibit hall on Thursday.

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The senior guard held Mandan’s 5-foot-10 McKayla Howling Wolf to zero points on 0-of-5 shooting, which helped the Blue Jays sink the Braves 56-46 in the quarterfinals of the West Region basketball tournament.

Jamestown faces the No. 1-ranked Bismarck Demons today at 2 p.m. in the semifinals. The Blue Jays have lost to the Demons twice, but nearly pulled off the upset in falling 60-55 to the Demons in Bismarck back on Feb. 21.

Jamestown was shaky early against the Braves’ 1-3-1 zone on Thursday. The Blue Jays committed six quick turnovers and misfired on nine of their first 10 shots from the field to find themselves down 12-4 after the first five minutes.

But the Jays rattled off a 14-4 run to take over the lead at 18-16 with 5:30 left to play in the first half. Meghan Orr and Emily Reiten each splashed in treys during the run, with Reiten’s triple capping it.

Tied at 22-22 with two minutes remaining before the break, baskets by Jamestown’s Katelyn Willer and Addie Eamon put the blue birds out front 26-22 to start the second half. Mandan went into the locker room having committed 15 turnovers in what was largely a defensive battle.

The Braves were able to cut the Blue Jay lead to 28-27 early in the second, but 3-pointers by McKayla Orr and Erin Mullowney gave Jamestown the separation it needed at 34-28 with 12 minutes left in the game.

McKayla Orr led all scoring with a game-high 21 points and also posted a team-leading four assists. She was 8-of-14 from the field and converted a 3-point play with under eight minutes remaining to push the Jays’ advantage to over 10 at 43-32.

Paige Peterson scored 13 points and pulled in six rebounds for the Blue Jays, who were outrebounded by the Braves 35-29.

Chelsea Peterson led Mandan with 15 points before fouling out in the closing minutes.

St. Mary’s 87, JHS 41

The boys quarterfinal game between Bismarck St. Mary’s and Jamestown quickly turned sour for the Blue Jays.

Sophomore guard Tanner Lunzman’s 3-point play conversion tied the score at 9-9 with 14 minutes left in the first half. But the Saints countered with eight straight points, capped by a Grant Dvorak 3-pointer, and kept the gas pedal floored.

No. 3-ranked St. Mary’s led 44-23 at the break before opening the game up by over 40 points during the second 18 minutes of play.

The Saints were led by Dan Neff with 23 points and Ben Weisbeck with 21. St. Mary’s dominated the boards, outrebounding Jamestown 58-25, led by Neff with 11 rebounds.

It was difficult for Jamestown to buy a bucket. The team shot just 22 percent from the field and missed a total of 23 3-point attempts.

Lunzman led 10 Blue Jays in scoring with nine points.

Jamestown faces Dickinson this afternoon at 2:45 in loser-out play. The Blue Jays split their pair of meetings with the Midgets in the regular season, winning 55-54 at home on Jan. 10 and falling on the road 76-66 on Feb. 15.

West Region Basketball Tournament

At Bismarck Civic Center

Quarterfinals

Girls

Jamestown 56, Mandan 46

Mandan 22 24 — 46

Jamestown 26 30 — 56

Mandan: Sheyanna LaVallie 1-2 0-0 3, McKayla Howling Wolf 0-5 0-0 0, Emily Bendish 0-1 0-0 0, Mackensi Higlin 5-9 2-5 12, Chelsea Peterson 6-11 3-6 15, Shelby Anderson 0-2 2-2 2, Miranda Lowman 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Hanson 2-12 0-0 4, Alicia Weiand 4-9 1-2 10. Totals 18-52 8-15 46.

Jamestown: McKayla Orr 8-14 4-5 21, Meghan Orr 3-6 0-0 7, Kadie Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Erin Mullowney 2-5 0-0 6, Taylor Schmeichel 0-2 0-2 0, Paige Peterson 3-8 7-9 13, Emily Reiten 1-1 0-0 3, Katelyn Willer 1-1 0-1 2, Addie Eamon 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 20-42 11-17 56.

3-pointers: M 2 (LaVallie 1, Weiand 1), M 5 (Mullowney 2, Mc. Orr 1, Me. Orr 1, Reiten 1). Rebounds: M 35 (Peterson 10), J 29 (Peterson 6). Fouls: M 19, J 14. Fouled out: M _ Peterson. Assists: M 10 (Howling Wolf 4), J 11 (Mullowney 3). Steals: M 8 (Higlin 4), J 6 (Mc. Orr 4).

Records: Jamestown 11-9; Mandan 10-10.

Boys

Bismarck St. Mary’s 87, Jamestown 41

Jamestown 23 18 — 41

St. Mary’s 44 43 — 87

Jamestown — Tanner Lunzman 9, Nick Fuchs 7, Ashton Johnson 6, Scott Nelson 4, Logan Anderson 4, Ross Monson 4, Noah Wanzek 2, Marc Wagner 2, Tyler Ukestad 2, Ben Hanson 1. Totals: 14-64 FG, 11-13 FT, 25 Rebounds (Anderson 4), 25 Fouls (Anderson, Nelson), 8 Assists (2 with 2), 11 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (2 with 1), 5 Steals (5 with 1). 3-pointers: 2-25 (Fuchs 1, Johnson 1).

St. Mary’s — Dan Neff 23, Ben Weisbeck 21, Darius Sparks 18, Scott Nagel 10, Grant Dvorak 5, Thomas Barry 4, Casey Uhler 2, Noah Kopp 2, Hunter Puetz 1, Brian Obritch 1. Totals: 29-57 FG, 24-31 FT, 58 Rebounds (Neff 11), 18 Fouls, 16 Assists (Kopp 5, Obritch 5), 14 Turnovers, 4 Blocks (Neff 2), 3 Steals (3 with 1). 3-pointers: 5-13 (Sparks 3, Nagel 1, Dvorak 1).

Records: St. Mary’s 17-3; Jamestown 5-15.

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