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Twice is nice: Jays throttle Bravettes for second time in a week

Jamestown’s Paige Peterson passes ahead of Turtle Mountain’s Madison Keplin on Saturday at the JHS gym.(Chris Aarhus / The Sun)

Jamestown seems to have Turtle Mountain’s number.

For the second time in a week, the Blue Jays churned out an electric performance on both sides of the ball. This time, it was an 82-45 West Region victory Saturday at the JHS gym.

Senior Katelyn Willer, who had eight points and eight rebounds, said Tuesday’s 50-32 win at Belcourt certainly helped in getting the season sweep.

“It gave us a better chance to prepare for them,” she said. “We’re kind of getting a feel for what we need to do.”

Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg agreed.

“It gave us a chance to see what they do, especially after winning there,” he said. “We felt confident playing them again.”

Paige Peterson scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first half, and Jamestown used a 12-0 run that ran nearly four minutes midway through the first half. The Jays led 28-12 after a 3-pointer and free throw from McKayla Orr, and the game was never close thereafter. Orr finished with 12 points.

Jamestown dominated the boards with a 56-34 advantage. Peterson had another double-double, finishing with 10 rebounds.

“(Turtle Mountain) likes to run and gun, so we try to get them in a half-court set,” Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg said. “Cover their good 3-point shooters and don’t give them any second-chance opportunities.”

Free throws played a big part in the win, as Turtle Mountain committed its seventh foul in the first 2 minutes, 29 seconds of the first half. That led to plenty of bonus free throws for Jamestown, which finished the game 21-of-28 at the line.

“I hope that was a confidence booster for us,” Skunberg said. “We normally shoot about 55 percent, but today we shot 75.”

Belcourt was paced by Winter Monette’s 10 points. The Bravettes dropped to 6-7 in the region and 7-8 overall, having lost their fifth straight after starting the season 7-3.

Sam Johnson (14) and Meghan Orr (11) were also in double figures for Jamestown, which improved to 6-5 and 7-7, respectively. The Jays visit Williston on Friday.

Jamestown 82, Turtle Mountain 45

TM: Winter Monette 10, Gia Davis 8, Madison Keplin 8, Syann Golus 7, Ashley Davis 4, Joee Keplin 4, Ramie Decoteau 4. Totals 16-64 9-10 45.

Jamestown: Paige Peterson 19, Sam Johnson 14, McKayla Orr 12, Meghan Orr 11, Taylor Schmeichel 8, Katelyn Willer 8, Addie Eamon 8, Erin Mullowney 2. Totals 28-65 21-28 82.

Halftime score: Jamestown 44, TM 20. 3-pointers: TM 4-16 (Keplin 2, Golus, Monette), J 5-15 (Johnson 2, Meghan Orr 2, McKayla Orr). Rebounds: TM 34 (G. Davis 11), J 56 (Peterson 14, Willer 8). Assists: TM 1 (Faith Dionne), J 10 (Mullowny 3). Blocks: TM 0, J 0. Steals: TM 11 (G. Davis 4), J 16 (Mullowney 4). Fouls: TM 24, J 11. Fouled out: TM 2 (J. Keplin, Monette). Turnovers: TM 25, J 17.

Records: TM 6-7 region, 7-8 overall. Jamestown 6-5, 7-7.

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or