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Jimmie basketball splits with Waldorf

Jamestown’s McKayla Orr drives the ball around Waldorf’s Georgina Wirth Friday during women’s basketball action at the Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown’s Leighton Sampson sneaks around Waldorf’s Eric English Friday during men’s basketball action at the Harold Newman Arena.2 / 2

The Jimmie women’s basketball team started Friday’s game against Waldorf University on a 10-0 run and never looked back at Harold Newman Arena.

The eighth-ranked Jimmies defeated the Warriors 81-50.

Jamestown forced some early turnovers with their defensive pressure in the opening minutes. Waldorf did not score its first field goal until 1 minute remained in the first period. The Jimmies held Waldorf to 8 of 24 shooting in the first half and forced 15 turnovers.

“I thought the starters came out and really set the tone for us,” said Greg Ulland, the Jimmies’ head coach. “They played hard for us and that is something that we generally expect out of those guys. I thought they did a good job not giving them anything easy.”

But the Warriors hung in the game, closing out the last two minutes of the half on a 10-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Georgina Wirth to close the gap 38-25 at intermission.

“That’s from our practice week,” Ulland said. “We had some kids that weren’t at practice and that carries over.”

But the Jimmies put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 26-11. A fastbreak basket by guard Brynn Woodside put the Jimmies up 40-25, and the Jimmies ratcheted up the defensive pressure once again to put the Jimmies up 64-36 after the third period.

“I was very proud of their efforts in the second half,” Ulland said. “I thought the second and third units both came out and played really hard.”

Forty-five of the Jimmies’ 81 points came from the bench, which was led by Emma Stoehr and MacKensi Higlin, who each had 9 points.

The Jimmies’ defense held the Warriors to 36-percent shooting from the field and forced 30 turnovers. The Jimmies also generated 19 second-chance points.

Woodside scored 15 points and added five rebounds for the Jimmies and was followed by Mackenzie Sparby with 11 points and Jenna Doyle with 10.

Jimmies lose third straight

The Jimmies rallied late, but it was too little too late as the Jimmies lost their third consecutive game 71-68 to Waldorf University at Harold Newman Arena.

Down 71-68 with 1.6 seconds left in the second half, the No. 18-ranked Jimmies’ final 3-point attempt fell short of the net.

With the game tied 34-34 at halftime and the Jimmies struggling in the first half, head coach Danny Neville tried to create a spark by starting a different unit in the second half.

The Jimmies were down 56-49 with a little over 9 minutes left in the second half when Sam Johnson drained a 3-pointer to spark a 9-0 run. Kevin Oberweiser also added two back-toback 3-pointers to put the Jimmies ahead 58-56 with 7 minutes left in the game.

Oberweiser would hit another 3-pointer to put the Jimmies up 63-59 with 4:39 left in the game. Jimmies guard Jon Purinton made a spectacular block to keep the score at 63-61 with 3:48 left in the game.

But a basket by Warriors’ center Kaden Verdin put Waldorf up 66-65 and Waldorf never looked back.

A late 3-pointer by Purinton closed the gap to 69-68, but it wasn’t enough to get the Jimmies a win.

The Jimmies started the game down 9-3, but two 3-pointers by Johnson got the Jimmies back in the game. Waldorf would again go up 24-18, but Jake Allard’s two 3-pointers tied the game midway through the first half.

Jimmie forward Leighton Sampson led Jamestown with 19 points and seven rebounds, Johnson added 16 points and shot 5 of 10 from the 3-point line, and Oberweiser added 14 points, making 4 of 8 from the 3-point line.


(8) Jamestown 81, Waldorf University 50

UJ 24 14 26 17

MS 7 18 11 14

UJ — Bryn Woodside 15, Mackenzie Sparby 11, Jenna Doyle 10, Emma Stoehr 9, Mackensi Higlin 9, Paige Emmel 7, Allison Jablonsky 5, Lissy McCulloch 5, McKayla Orr 4, Courtney Mosloski 4, Mercedes Barumgartner

2. Totals: 28-65 FG, 20-24 FT, 5-22 3-pointers (Stoehr 3, Jablonsky and McCulloch), 39 Rebounds (Higlin 6), 6 Blocks (Doyle 5), 16 Steals (Orr 4), 12 Assists (Stoehr 3), 18 Fouls, 20 Turnovers.

WU — Taylor Fricke 9, Morgan Straight 9, Georgina Wirth 8, Ameh Ogbemudia 7, Meriel Leavy 4, Michaela Graffunder 4, Peyton Russell 3, Angie Gore 2, Nicole Oberthien 2 . Totals: 19-53 FG, 10-12 FT, 2-10 3-pointers (Wirth 2), 36 Rebounds (Leavy 7), 0 Blocks, 9 Steals Wirth 4), 6 Assists (Leavy 2), 18 Fouls, 30 Turnovers.

Records: Jamestown 12-2, 3-0 NSAA. Waldorf University 3-7, 1-1 NSAA.


(18) Jamestown 68, Waldorf University 71

UJ 34 34 — 68

MS 34 37 — 71

UJ — Leighton Sampson 19, Sam Johnson 16, Kevin Oberweiser 14, Jace Allard 6, Jon Purinton 5, Ben Weisback 4, Stefan Jevdjenijevic 2, Brady Birch

2. Totals: 25-49 FG, 6-11 FT, 12-28 3-pointers (Johnson 5, Oberweiser 4, Allard 2, Purinton 1), 26 Rebounds (Sampson 7), 6 Blocks, 3 Steals, 18 Assists (Weisback 4), 21 Fouls, 19 Turnovers.

WU — Kaden Verdin 18, Falmata Tula 16, Brady Kuchinka 13, Eric English 8, Brian Smith 5, Jordan Portee 4, Joseph glover 3, Osahen Iduwe 2. Totals: 24-54 FG, 18-27 FT, 5-13 3-pointers (Kuchinka 2, glover 1, Smith 1, Tula 1), 33 Rebounds (Verdin 9), 1 Blocks, 9 Steals, 12 Assists (Portee 4), 13 Fouls, 10 Turnovers.

Records: Jamestown 9-6, 0-3 NSAA. Waldorf University 5-7, 2-0 NSAA.

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Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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