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Twice is nice: Jays throttle Bravettes for second time in a week

Jamestown’s Paige Peterson passes ahead of Turtle Mountain’s Madison Keplin on Saturday at the JHS gym.(Chris Aarhus / The Sun)

Jamestown seems to have Turtle Mountain’s number.

For the second time in a week, the Blue Jays churned out an electric performance on both sides of the ball. This time, it was an 82-45 West Region victory Saturday at the JHS gym.

Senior Katelyn Willer, who had eight points and eight rebounds, said Tuesday’s 50-32 win at Belcourt certainly helped in getting the season sweep.

“It gave us a better chance to prepare for them,” she said. “We’re kind of getting a feel for what we need to do.”

Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg agreed.

“It gave us a chance to see what they do, especially after winning there,” he said. “We felt confident playing them again.”

Paige Peterson scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first half, and Jamestown used a 12-0 run that ran nearly four minutes midway through the first half. The Jays led 28-12 after a 3-pointer and free throw from McKayla Orr, and the game was never close thereafter. Orr finished with 12 points.

Jamestown dominated the boards with a 56-34 advantage. Peterson had another double-double, finishing with 10 rebounds.

“(Turtle Mountain) likes to run and gun, so we try to get them in a half-court set,” Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg said. “Cover their good 3-point shooters and don’t give them any second-chance opportunities.”

Free throws played a big part in the win, as Turtle Mountain committed its seventh foul in the first 2 minutes, 29 seconds of the first half. That led to plenty of bonus free throws for Jamestown, which finished the game 21-of-28 at the line.

“I hope that was a confidence booster for us,” Skunberg said. “We normally shoot about 55 percent, but today we shot 75.”

Belcourt was paced by Winter Monette’s 10 points. The Bravettes dropped to 6-7 in the region and 7-8 overall, having lost their fifth straight after starting the season 7-3.

Sam Johnson (14) and Meghan Orr (11) were also in double figures for Jamestown, which improved to 6-5 and 7-7, respectively. The Jays visit Williston on Friday.

Jamestown 82, Turtle Mountain 45

TM: Winter Monette 10, Gia Davis 8, Madison Keplin 8, Syann Golus 7, Ashley Davis 4, Joee Keplin 4, Ramie Decoteau 4. Totals 16-64 9-10 45.

Jamestown: Paige Peterson 19, Sam Johnson 14, McKayla Orr 12, Meghan Orr 11, Taylor Schmeichel 8, Katelyn Willer 8, Addie Eamon 8, Erin Mullowney 2. Totals 28-65 21-28 82.

Halftime score: Jamestown 44, TM 20. 3-pointers: TM 4-16 (Keplin 2, Golus, Monette), J 5-15 (Johnson 2, Meghan Orr 2, McKayla Orr). Rebounds: TM 34 (G. Davis 11), J 56 (Peterson 14, Willer 8). Assists: TM 1 (Faith Dionne), J 10 (Mullowny 3). Blocks: TM 0, J 0. Steals: TM 11 (G. Davis 4), J 16 (Mullowney 4). Fouls: TM 24, J 11. Fouled out: TM 2 (J. Keplin, Monette). Turnovers: TM 25, J 17.

Records: TM 6-7 region, 7-8 overall. Jamestown 6-5, 7-7.

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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