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Jimmies Sweep: UJ dispatches rival Valley City State

University of Jamestown senior guard Bryn Woodside makes a pass ats Valley City State's Alli Vandal (right) looks on Friday night at VSCU Bubble. Mark Potts / For The Sun

VALLEY CITY—A Top 25 matchup lived up to the billing Friday night in Valley City as No. 6 University of Jamestown edged No. 19 Valley City State University, 53-52.

The thrilling game pitted the top two teams in North Star Athletic Association women's basketball, and at the end of the night it was Jamestown that survived the hard-fought contest unscathed in conference play.

With Jamestown leading 53-50 and nine seconds on the clock, Jimmie senior guard Bryn Woodside missed two free throws which gave the Vikings a chance to force overtime. Viking guard Kennedy Henningsgard corralled the rebound and raced up the floor to score a quick layup with one second remaining, but Jamestown was able to inbounds the ball and run out the clock for a 53-52 win.

Jamestown takes sole possession of first place in the North Star Athletic Association, improving to 14-2 overall and 5-0 in the NSAA. The loss is Valley City State's first of the season as the Vikings fall to 10-1 overall and 3-1 in the NSAA.

Valley City State struck first in the game, taking advantage of cold Jimmie shooting to take a 15-8 lead after the first quarter. The Vikings led by as many as nine, 19-10, before Jamestown came storming back with a 13-0 run to take a 23-19 advantage.

Jamestown went just 1-for-10 from 3-point range in the opening quarter, but shot 5-for-6 from deep in the second. The Jimmies outscored VCSU 24-11 in the second quarter and took a 32-26 lead into the locker room.

The Jimmies scored the first five points of the second half, opening up their biggest lead of the game at 37-26. The Vikings scored the next eight points to pull within 37-34 before a Paige Emmel 3-pointer ended the Viking run. Jamestown ended the third quarter with a 45-39 lead. From there, the teams had to fight for every basket, combining to score just 21 fourth-quarter points — including just four points in the first 4 minutes of the quarter.

Paige Emmel hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for Jamestown. McKayla Orr scored 10 points and Allison Jablonsky added eight off the bench. Jamestown's height and length inside caused issues early for the Vikings and Jimmie Jenna Doyle finished with three blocks.

Jamestown (14-2, 5-0 NSAA) has two weeks off before traveling to Briar Cliff on Dec. 29.

Jimmie men win in overtime

The Viking and Jimmie basketball teams added another chapter to their storied rivalry Friday night in Valley City.

University of Jamestown ended overtime with a 13-5 run Friday, rallying for an 89-86 victory over the Vikings in North Star men's basketball action. VCSU scored the first five points of overtime, building an 81-76 lead with 3:30 remaining. It would not hold up though as Jamestown hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions and took the lead for good on Jon Purintun's free throws with 44 seconds to go.

Valley City State's men drop to 4-10 overall and 0-4 in the North Star Athletic Association. Jamestown improves to 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the NSAA.

The final 13 minutes of play Friday night was pure, edge-of-your-seat excitement as the teams traded big shot after big shot, changing leads 11 times over the final eight minutes of regulation and overtime.

VCSU guard Alex Quist went 1-for-2 at the line with 16 seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 76-76 and forcing overtime. The Vikings scored the first five points of overtime, getting a 15-foot bank shot by Jayden Ferguson and right-wing 3 from Rashad Satahoo to take a 81-76 lead with 3:30 remaining.

Jamestown responded with 3-pointers on three straight possessions by Jon Purintun, Sam Johnson and Kevin Oberweiser, grabbing their first lead of overtime at 85-84 with 1:35 to go.

Ferguson regained the lead for VCSU inside, scoring with 1:15 left. An offensive rebound led to two free throws for Purintun and a 87-86 Jamestown lead with 44 seconds left. The Vikings failed to convert baskets on their next three possessions and Jamestown hung on for the 89-86 victory.

Leighton Sampson led the Jimmies with game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Purintun added 22 points and five assists. Sam Johnson, Kevin Oberweiser and Christian Kvilvang combined to make eight 3-pointers and score 33 points.

Jamestown (10-5, 1-3 NSAA) has a break until Dec. 30 when the Jimmies will play an exhibition game at North Dakota State.

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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