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Jimmies punch ticket to title game

University of Jamestown's Mackenzie Sparby makes a launch to the basket Saturday before being fouled by Mayville State's Naomi Torgerson during the NSAA tournament at Harold Newman Arena. In the back is Mayville's Cyan Hale. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 3
University of Jamestown's McKayla Orr moves to the basket for a layup Saturday past Mayville State's Cyan Hale during the NSAA tournament at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 3
University of Jamestown's Allison Jablonsky dribbles the ball on her way to the basket Saturday during the NSAA tournament at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 3

University of Jamestown women's basketball flexed its depth yet again during the semifinals of the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament.

Freshman forward Mackenzie Sparby led three Jimmies off the bench in double-digit scoring Saturday, Feb. 24, at Harold Newman Arena. The 6-foot Sparby just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, helping Jamestown defeat Mayville State 80-61 at Harold Newman Arena and tie a single-season Jimmie record with the team's 29th win.

The seventh-ranked Jimmies will host 16th-ranked Valley City State University in the conference tournament championship game tomorrow, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. It'll mark the fifth-straight NSAA title game played by the Jimmies (29-3).

After leading 17-14 after one quarter, the Jimmies broke the game open with a 26-point second to take a 43-27 advantage into the break. Sparby aided Jamestown in dominating the glass, as the Jimmies outrebounded the Comets 42-29 in the contest.

Senior McKayla Orr tied Sparby with a team-high 12 points. Orr was honored pregame for becoming the 21st Jimmie in the program's history to score 1,000 career points, which she surpassed during Jamestown's 81-57 victory over Presentation College on Feb. 17.

Marina Nowak and Allison Jablonsky came off the bench and produced 12 and 11 points, respectively for the Jamestown, which led the Mayville State by as many as 25 in the game.

The Jimmies defeated Valley City State twice during the regular season, including a one-point, 53-52, affair in Valley City on Dec. 15. Jamestown defeated Valley City State 79-70 in last season's NSAA tournament championship game.

Jimmies earn NSAA honors

Jimmie women's basketball senior point guard Bryn Woodside was honored as the NSAA's most valuable player and defensive player of the year Friday, Feb. 23. University of Jamestown head coach Greg Ulland was selected women's NSAA coach of the year.

Woodside was also named NSAA first-time all-conference, while senior wings McKayla Orr and Paige Emmel were named to the NSAA all-conference second team.

University of Jamestown men's basketball senior Leighton Sampson was honored as the NSAA's newcomer player of the year Saturday, Feb. 24. The 6-foot-6 Sampson was also selected NSAA first team all-conference, while junior guards guard Kevin Oberweiser and Jon Purintun were selected to the NSAA all-conference second team.

(7) Jamestown 80, Mayville State 61

Mayville St. 14 27 43 61

Jamestown 17 43 52 80

Mayville St.—Andi Gayner 20, Joelle Ertl 17, Naomi Torgerson 10, Karleigh Weber 5, Andrea Skillingstand 4, Haley Anderson 3, Claire Blascziek 2. Totals: 21-57 FG, 13-21 FT, 6-22 3-pointers (Ertl 2, Gayner, Torgerson, Weber, Anderson), 29 Rebounds (Ertl 7, Toregerson 7), 4 Blocks (Gayner 3), 9 Steals (Gayner 4), 12 Assists (Ertl 4), 18 Fouls, 17 Turnovers.

Jamestown—McKayla Orr 12, Mackenzie Sparby 12, Marina Nowak 11, Allison Jablonsky 10, Mya Buffetta 6, Jenna Doyle 6, Emma Stoehr 6, Mercedes Baumgartner 6, Jory Mullen 5, Paige Emmel 4, Courtney Mosloski 2. Totals: 28-59 FG, 13-17 FT, 11-20 3-pointers (Buffett 2, Jablonsky 2, Stoehr 2, Baumgartner 2, Orr, Mullen, Emmel), 42 Rebounds (Sparby 9), 5 Blocks (Doyle 4), 16 Steals (Orr 4), 18 Fouls, 20 Turnovers.

Records: Jamestown 29-3. Mayville State 20-9.

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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