Out on a high note: No. 7 Jimmies too much for Comets in home finaleWednesday night’s win was par for the course for the Jimmie women, but noteworthy in a couple of ways. Jamestown College’s 25th victory in 28 games meant an undefeated 11-0 mark at home this season, but also the final conference championship trophy would be hanging in the JC basketball office.
Wednesday night’s win was par for the course for the Jimmie women, but noteworthy in a couple of ways.
Jamestown College’s 25th victory in 28 games meant an undefeated 11-0 mark at home this season, but also the final conference championship trophy would be hanging in the JC basketball office.
In beating Mayville State 74-51, the Jimmies locked up the final Dakota Athletic Conference title with the league officially coming to an end after the school year wraps up. They’re now 5-0 in DAC play with just one to go. All three other teams have at least two losses.
“It’s exciting for our team and what we’ve been able to do so far,” said double-double machine Bridget Schuneman. “It’s always fun to play at home. We seem to play better when there are a lot of students here making a bunch of noise. It definitely helps us out.”
The seventh-ranked Jimmies are working themselves into postseason mode. Now 25-3 overall, they have just Saturday night’s road game at Dickinson State before the AII tournament begins Feb. 24.
The Blue Hawks should provide a good test, but that too was expected of the Comets, but it never materialized. The Comets are 14-11 overall, but the Jimmies just had too much like they have in 25 of their 28 games.
“Defensively, obviously we did a good job,” JC coach Greg Ulland. “I got after them a little at halftime about showing that killer instinct. You don’t want to let teams hang around. That’s dangerous. When you have a team down you want to put them away.
“I thought we did a better job of doing that in the second half.”
The Jimmies never trailed and took control for good when Maggie Setter and Carly Jensen knocked down three straight three-pointers as they doubled up the Comets at 26-13 with five minutes left in the first half.
“We did a decent job hitting shots. We can be better, but overall we were OK offensively,” Ulland said.
The Jimmies weren’t crisp offensively, but they didn’t need to be as they threw a wet blanket over the Comets. Mayville State shot 21 percent in the first half and 24 percent overall and never got closer than 14 points in the second half. When they did Hannah Steele buried consecutive threes and Jamestown College was back up by 20 (57-37) with eight minutes to go.
They dominated the backboards, specifically Schuneman and Amber Ramlo, who combined for 20 of the Jimmies’ 50 boards.
“Coach always says if we win the rebounding-margin that’s usually a pretty good indicator if we’re going to win,” Schuneman said. “I’m one of the bigger girls, so I feel like that’s one of my jobs to get done in there.”
Schuneman had 14 points and 11 rebounds, another double-double. Ramlo led the way in scoring with 16 points. The junior from Jamestown also had nine rebounds and blocked two shots.
“Amber played well. Did a lot of nice things,” Ulland said.
Eleven JC players scored, their trademark deep bench running the Comets ragged.
“Our depth is one of our big strengths. Coach uses a lot of girls so we know we have to be ready,” Schuneman said.
Jensen added nine points for the Jimmies. Kellie Schuneman, playing her final home game, had five points and a game-high five assists as they capped off the unblemished home mark.
“That’s a really nice thing, so is the conference championship, we talked about that with the girls, but they’re always,” then Ulland motioned his arm flatly to show his team’s even-keeled demeanor. “They understand there’s still some big things out there for us.”
Jamestown College 74, Mayville State 51
Mayville State 21 30 — 51
Jamestown College 33 41 — 74
Mayville State — Hailey Longtin 12, Erin Ericson 2, Kay Laforet 3, Missy Kassube 2, Megan Groen 8, Amber Montag 4, Nicole Meyer 2, Sabrina Rude 4, Hannah Wenaas 8, Angela Tauer 6. Totals: 13-54 FG, Three-pointers: 3-13 (Longtin 2, Rude), 22-35 FT, 30 Rebounds (Rude 9), 17 Fouls (Kassube 5), 9 Assists (Groen 3), 17 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Wenaas), 13 Steals (Longtin 3, Rude 3).
Jamestown College — Amber Ramlo 16, Bridget Schuneman 14, Hannah Steele 6, Kellie Schuneman 5, Casey Geffre 2, Carly Jensen 9, Maggie Seter 5, Jordan Bridges 4, Hannah Elshaug 4, Morgan Mathison 4, Megan Pold 5. Totals: 25-59 FG, Three-pointers: 6-17 (Jensen 3, Steele 2, Seter), 18-24 FT, 37 Rebounds (B.Schuneman 8), 28 Fouls, 18 Assists (K.Schuneman 5), 25 Turnovers, 6 Blocked shots (Ramlo 2, Pold 2), 5 Steals (5 with 1).
Records: Jamestown College 5-0 Dakota Athletic Conference, 26-3 overall; Mayville State 2-3 DAC, 14-11.