Mandan rallies, foils Jays’ upset bidBISMARCK, N.D. — Jamestown couldn’t have contained Mandan’s top scorer Mic Longtin much better in the opening 18 minutes.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Jamestown couldn’t have contained Mandan’s top scorer Mic Longtin much better in the opening 18 minutes.
The senior scored just one point on 0-for-4 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the stripe.
But in the second half, the shots started to fall for the Mandan standout.
Longtin hit 5-of-9 field goals, including two triples in the span of two minutes to nearly single-handedly guide the Braves back from a 16-point deficit.
Her second three with just over four minutes remaining was her ninth straight point to help Mandan knot the score for the first time since the opening minutes of the contest.
Mandan remained tight with the Blue Jays and with 30 seconds remaining Lexi Goldade hit a go-ahead bucket off an inbound that proved the be the difference as the No. 3-ranked Braves rallied to beat Jamestown 65-64 in a state-qualifying game on Saturday at the West Region tournament in Bismarck.
“Mandan did a heck of a job spreading it out, setting a high pick and letting Mic Longtin do what she does,” said JHS coach Andy Skunberg. “You have to credit them for hitting some shots.”
Jamestown matched the Braves blow for blow in the final minutes, but the 6-foot-2 senior’s lay-in underneath was just enough to give Mandan revenge from last year when the Blue Jays were the victors advancing to state over the Braves.
“We told them that Mandan was going to start to hit their shots,” Skunberg said. “They’re a good team. They were the No. 2 team in the WDA for a reason, because they can hit shots.
Longtin led four Braves in double digits with 15 points and McKayla Howling-Wolf added 14. Courtney Goetz and Elizabeth Meyer topped the team with nine rebounds apiece and Goldade had eight to go along with her 10 points.
Jamestown senior Julie Fuchs led all scorers with 20 points, including a team-high four three-pointers.
The senior guard hit Jamestown’s final two baskets for Jamestown – her second giving the Blue Jays a 64-63 lead with under a minute to play.
“You can’t say enough about our seniors,” Skunberg said. “I’ve had them for three years and they’ve been great to be around, great to talk with and it was fun to watch them progress over the last three years.”
Kayla Thoele and Jade Lind are the other two seniors who played their final game as Blue Jays. Thoele finished with 10 points and seven boards and Lind finished with six rebounds and four assists.
Mandan (17-5) had two chances to build on its lead in the final 30 seconds following Goldade’s late-game bucket but both opportunities ended with first-shot misses, giving Jamestown (8-14) three possessions to overcome the one-point deficit.
“Mandan thrives on turnovers,” said Skunberg. “We tightened up a little bit in the crunch time, but they stepped up and made the plays they needed to.”
Kyra Dewald continued to shine in the tournament with 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists. The junior hit two threes in the second half, including one with under four minutes to play to knot the game at 58-all to erase the Blue Jays’ largest deficit of the game.
“In Day 3 of the tournament, the Xs and Os are out, it’s about getting execution and playing with heart,” Skunberg said. “They’re all tired — they’re tired and we’re tired. In an up and down game like that, it’s a battle.”
Sophomore Paige Peterson’s late season-emergence carried over into Saturday where she nearly posted her third double-double in the last four games. She finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
“The effort was awesome,” said Skunberg. “It has been that way all year. It has been a hell of year — a lot of fun.”
Mandan 65, Jamestown 64
Jamestown 37 27 — 64
Mandan 26 39 — 65
Jamestown — McKayla Orr 4, Kyra Dewald 18, Jade Lind 2, Julie Fuchs 20, Paige Peterson 8, Kayla Thoele 10, Billie Buchanan 2. Totals: 24 FG, 10-12 FT, Three-pointers: 6 (Fuchs 4, Dewald 2), 41 Rebounds (Peterson 10), 17 Assists (Lind 4), 4 Steals, 1 Block, 25 Turnovers, 18 Fouls (Dewald).
Mandan — Mic Longtin 15, McKayla Howling-Wolf 14, Keela Burt 1, Courtney Goetz 9, JaeLyn Russell 1, Makenzie Schmidt 3, Lexi Goldade 10, Elizabeth Meyer 12. Totals: 23 FG, 11-20 FT, Three-pointers: 8 (Howling-Wolf 4, Longtin 2, Goetz, Meyer), 32 Rebounds (Goetz 9, Meyer 9), 12 Assists (Longtin 6), 13 Steals (Howling-Wolf 4), 2 Blocks, 9 Turnovers, 12 Fouls.
Records: Jamestown 8-14, Mandan 17-5.
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