JHS sweeps Turtle MountainJamestown beat the weather to Turtle Mountain and then beat up the Braves. A strong finish carried the JHS girls to a 75-64 victory, while the boys equaled their win total from all of last season with a convincing 73-52 romp.
By: David Selvig, The Jamestown Sun
Jamestown beat the weather to Turtle Mountain and then beat up the Braves.
A strong finish carried the JHS girls to a 75-64 victory, while the boys equaled their win total from all of last season with a convincing 73-52 romp.
JHS 75, Turtle Mountain 64
A flawless finish carried the Blue Jay girls to their first region win of the season.
“They have a nice team. We’re pretty excited to come up here and get a win,” coach Scott Botner said. ‘We knew it’d be a tough, tight game. The girls were able to come through down the stretch in a big way.”
Down 64-63 with 2:30 left, Jamestown scored the last 12 points of the game en route to a 75-64 victory.
The Blue Jays pounded the Braves on the glass with 37 offensive rebounds. Kristi Meikle had 16 rebounds, one leading to the go-ahead basket on a putback with 2:10 left in the game.
A 12-footer by Meikle pushed the JHS lead to 68-64. Kara Wahl followed with a basket to up the lead to six with 60 seconds left as the Blue Jays leveled their overall mark at 2-2.
“Kristi is very wiry. She really knows how to find those openings,” Botner said. ‘She’s playing really well for us.”
Dale had a typically big game for the Blue Jays with 23 points, 16 rebounds and six steals. Meikle also had a double double, finishing with 13 points and 16 boards. Kara Nygaard and Brooke Winson each had season-high 11 points. Winson also passed out five assists and knocked down two threes.
“I thought it was a really good team effort. We had a bunch of girls step up and play a big part in helping us get this win,” Botner said.
The Blue Jays dominated the backboards, pulling down 65 rebounds. They made just 29 of their 84 shots, but had numerous second-chance baskets.
“The girls really crashed the boards hard,” Botner said. “They really want to push the ball up the floor and they do a good job doing it. We thought we’d have an advantage inside and we took a good job using it to our advantage.”
They also limited their turnovers in the second half, committing just four after giving it away 16 times in the opening half. They outscored the Braves 46-34 in the half, after trailing 30-29 at the break.
Turtle Mountain led by as many as eight (23-15) in the first half. Sasha Golus topped the Braves with 18 points and eight boards. They turned it over 28 times.
JHS 73, Turtle Mountain 52
The Blue Jays jumped out of the gate by scoring the first eight points of the game and never looked back in an easy 19-point road win.
The fast start was part of a crisp opening 18 minutes for the Blue Jays, who hung 48 points on the board by halftime. They led by 12 or more for virtually the entire game, pushing the edge to as many as 16 (35-19) in the first half.
Andrew Peterson poured in 16 of his game-high 26 points in the opening half as the Blue Jays had 11 turnovers overall, with just four coming in the first half.
The Braves never got closer than 14 in the second half.
Brett Sinner came off the bench for a career-best 15 points. His twin brother Brian added 10, as did Andrew Koehn as the Blue Jays leveled their West Region mark at 1-1.
Due to the weather, today’s locations and times in Minot have been changed.
The girls’ games will be played at the Magic City Campus, starting with the sophomore game at noon. The JV game will follow at 1:30 p.m. and the varsity at 3.
The boys’ games will be played at the Auditorium, starting at Noon with the sophomores. The JV and varsity games will follow.
Jamestown 75, Turtle Mountain 64
Jamestown 29 46 — 75
Turtle Mountain 30 34 — 64
Jamestown: Morgan Dale 23, Kristi Meikle 13, Kara Nygaard 11, Brooke Winson 11, Amber Ramlo 6, Kara Wahl 6, Kelsi Manley 3, Alex Hanson 2. Totals: 29-84 FG, Three-pointers: 4-11, 13-27 FT, 65 Rebounds (Dale 16, Meikle 16), 20 Turnovers, 21 Steals (Dale 6).
Turtle Mountain: Sasha Golus 18, Julia Davis 10, Mariah Marcellais 10, Quinn Parisien 7, Jordan Allard 5, Hailey Poitra 5, Whitney Wallette 5, Johnilyn Baker 2, Jezzarae Larocque 2. Totals: 25-65 FG, 4-14 Three-pointers, 10-19 FT, 46 Rebounds (Golus 8).
Records: Jamestown 2-2 overall, 1-1 West Region; Turtle Mountain 0-2 overall, 0-1 West Region.
Jamestown 73, Turtle Mountain 52
Jamestown 48 25 — 73
Turtle Mountain 31 21 — 52
Jamestown: Andrew Peterson 26, Andrew Koehn 10, Brian Sinner 10, Brett Sinner 15, Tim Smith 6, Jordan Piatz 5, Andy Lillejord 2.
Turtle Mountain: Kevin Poitra 15, Dexter Davis 15.
(No other statistics available).
Records: Jamestown 3-1 overall, 1-1 West Region; Turtle Mountain 0-2 overall, 0-2 West Region.
Sun sports writer Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com