NOT THIS TIME: Blue Jays avenge earlier loss to Demons
The Jamestown High School girls basketball team did not want the same fate as last time it played Bismarck High School.
Sophomore guard Cadee Ryckman sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Demons a 66-63 victory on Dec. 12.
This time, Jamestown left nothing to chance as it cruised to a 63-48 victory on Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena.
"I think we were more prepared this time," said senior forward Megan Gaffaney. "We knew what to expect and it was a good game."
The earlier loss sparked a four-game losing streak for the Blue Jays, but after that Jamestown won eight of its last 10, including six straight.
"We're young," said Jamestown girls basketball coach Andy Skunberg. "We had girls that haven't played much varsity basketball. Just gaining experience, getting used to the tempo, and getting used to each other. We're starting to come along as a team now—we still got a long ways to go."
Eight players scored a basket in the victory for Jamestown and everyone that played scored. With only Gaffaney and junior forward Courtney Peterson averaging double figures for the Blue Jays, other players have stepped up.
"We are trying to be unselfish, find the open person and give them the ball and hope that person can knock down a shot," Skunberg said. "Playing as a team where we can all chip in. It's tough to defend when who do you try and stop?"
The Blue Jays shot 48 percent in the first half and 7 of 11 (63 percent) from 3-point range, while Bismarck High shot 33 percent.
"That's kind of contagious," Skunberg said about their shooting. "A couple people start hitting shots and you could see the ball bouncing all over the rim and they go in. Seems like when someone's hitting everybody hits. It's good to see people get hot."
Gaffaney, Jamestown's leading scorer, posted all 10 of her points in the second half.
"She took it on her shoulders," Skunberg said. "She's one of those that takes it tough to the hole and got a couple and-ones. She stepped up as a senior tonight and shots fell for her."
Bismarck stepped up defensively forcing 26 Jamestown turnovers, many coming in the second half.
"They started putting up the pressure a little bit and that's something we got to be able to handle," Skunberg said. "Our passing was a little weak."
For the Demons, junior forward Hannah Golus and sophomore forward Olivia Dickerson tied for a team-high 10 points.
Jamestown travels to Minot on Thursday to face the Majettes.
"From the standings it seems like going up there is a tough game for everyone else," Gaffaney said. "It'll be a battle when we go up there Thursday."
Jamestown 63, Legacy 49
LEG 26 18 -- 63
JAM 37 26 -- 49
LEG—Mady Mosolf 7, Maddy Steckler 4, Hannah Golus 10, Cadee Ryckman 7, Megan Henderson 5, Dani Korsmo 2, Olivia Dickerson 10, MaKensie Maher 4.Totals: 18-60 FG, 4-23 3-PT, 9-14 FT, 30 Rebounds, 14 Assists, 17 Turnovers, 15 Steals.
JAM—Alyssa Ukestad 10, Olivia Nihill 5, Megan Gaffaney 16, Courtney Peterson 9, Katherine Horgan 7, Kameron Selvig 9, Jessa Walter 2. Totals: 21-46 FG, 8-17 3-PT, 13-18 FT, 44 Rebounds, 18 Assists, 26 Turnovers.
Records: Legacy 7-6 West Region, 9-7 overall; Jamestown 6-6, 9-6.