MAKING IT RAIN: Blue Jay girls connect from downtown to defeat Minot
There's not a 3-point contest in North Dakota high school girls basketball, but Tuesday night's matchup between Jamestown and Minot was close.
Both teams combined for 53 attempts from beyond the arc. Jamestown went 9 of 23 and Minot went 8 of 30.
"That's a little above our average so it's nice to see the ball go in the hole a little bit," said Jamestown girls coach Andy Skunberg. "The last couple games have been a little struggle. Thirty-nine percent, I'll take that every game."
On this night, it was Jamestown (4-4) which remained in control as it defeated Minot 63-50. The Blue Jays are now on a three-game winning streak after back-to-back victories over Valley City and Fargo North.
Four of the eight Jamestown players scored a 3-pointer. Senior forward Megan Gaffaney led the way with 19 points, senior Alyssa Ukestad had 12 points and junior forward Courtney Peterson finished with 10 points.
"We got a lot of confident girls that can shoot the ball," Skunberg said.
Peterson led the way for the Blue Jays in the first half with 10 points including two 3-pointers. Overall, Jamestown hit more 3-pointers than jump shots in the first half.
A five-, seven- and nine-point run also helped the Blue Jays out to a 16-point lead with 3:33 left. Minot hit back-to-back 3-pointers to only take an 11-point deficit into halftime.
Gaffaney led Jamestown in the second half scoring 13 of her 19 points.
Early in the second half, she scored back-to-back buckets on assists from Ukestad and added one more to extend the Blue Jays' lead to 45-33.
After sophomore forward Katherine Horgan's third 3-pointer of the night, Gaffaney scored the next six points with a jumper, one free throw and 3-pointer.
"It was nice to see Katherine Horgan get a couple," Skunberg said of his tallest player. "We figured their big wouldn't come out as much. Given time she can step up and hit some 3s."
Minot went on a 8-0 run of its own to get within 10 points but Jamestown put the game out of reach with baskets from sophomore guard Kameron Selvig and Ukestad.
"The effort all-around was good," Skunberg said. "We wanted to play fast, we wanted to make them make some turnovers and converting points out of (turnovers)."
For Minot, Allie Nelson finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Nelson is the third tallest player on Minot at 5-foot-9 behind 6-2 junior Sidney Senger and 6-1 senior Brenna Tschetter.
"She had good positioning," Gaffaney said. "We had to be more aggressive with (rebounding) so she did a good job of capitalizing on that."
Jamestown faces Turtle Mountain Community High School (1-6) on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
"We haven't watched a lot of game tape on them yet," Skunberg. "We got three days to get ready for them."
JAM 36 27 -- 63
MIN 25 25 -- 50
JAM—Megan Gaffaney 19, Alyssa Ukestad 12, Courtney Peterson 10, Katherine Horgan 9, Kameron Selvig 8, Jessa Anderson 3, Olivia Nihill 2. Totals: 23-56 FG, 8-12 FT, 9-23 3-PT, 29 rebounds.
MIN—Allie Nelson 17, Alli McCoy 12, Becca Tschetter 8, Brenna Tschetter 7, Paige Rosencrans 6. Totals: 20-59 FG, 2-5 FT, 8-30 3-PT.
Records: Jamestown 4-4, 1-4 West Region. Minot 2-5, 2-3 West Region.