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All Patriots: Second-half surge lifts Century over Blue Jays

Emily Reiten looks to pass during Tuesday night’s West Region game against Bismarck Century.(John M. Steiner / The Sun)

Bismarck Century’s defense was every bit as advertised on Tuesday night.

The fourth-ranked Patriots allowed just seven field goals — six from Jamestown standout Paige Peterson — in a 63-39 win in West Region girls basketball play at the JHS gym.

“Give credit to their defense — they’re the best defensive team in the state,” Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg said.

That defense gave Jamestown tremendous fits, limiting the Blue Jays to just 12.5 percent (7-of-56) from the floor. They also had 16 turnovers, which Century turned into 13 points.

However, Jamestown stayed competitive in the first half thanks to a successful effort from the free-throw line. The Jays finished 24-of-32 in the game including a 10-of-10 performance from McKayla Orr.

Ironically, the only player to score multiple field goals accounted for all of the Jays’ missed free throws. Peterson ended with 20 points and nine rebounds.

The first-half fouls made Century go to its bench early.

“I thought we had good position, we just got a little reachy and got in foul trouble,” Century coach Ron Metz said. “We persevered through. (We’ve) got confidence in the number of girls we play, and we needed all 10 of them in the first half.”

Jamestown led 22-20 at halftime thanks to the free throws and a defensive effort that mirrored the Patriots. However, poor shooting was the culprit in the second half.

“We had a great night at the line — we normally shoot 56 percent and we shot 75,” Skunberg said. “That’s good, but the rest of our offense … we had a lid on the hoop tonight. When we have opportunities to make open bunnies, we’ve got to finish. That would definitely help us out a lot.”

Century center Alaina Furcht had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but it was senior Macy Lynch that helped get the ball rolling in the second half. She hit a pair of 3-pointers early on, and Jordyn Jossart added another as part of a 24-6 run.

“We did a lot better job of getting the ball swung,” Metz said. “The first half, we got it stuck on one side of the floor, and it’s pretty easy to play defense on one side. Not to take anything away from (Jamestown’s) defense, because they had us shut down for a while on some things we wanted to do. We just had a little bit more push in the second half.”

The Blue Jays have another tough one on Friday, when they play at No. 1-ranked Bismarck High.

Bismarck Century 63, Jamestown 39

Century 20 63

Jamestown 22 39

Century: Macy Lynch 18, Alaina Furcht 12, Katie Scherr 9, Jordyn Jossart 8, Kourtney Selensky 8, Jen Benz 4, Cassidy Wilhelm 4. Totals 23-57 13-25 63.

Jamestown: Paige Peterson 20, McKayla Orr 10, Erin Mullowney 5, Addie Eamon 2. Totals 7-56 24-32 39.

3-pointers: BC 4-14 (Lynch 2, Jossart 2), J 1-6 (Mullowney). Rebounds: BC 49 (Furcht 11), J 43 (Peterson 9). Assists: BC 5 (five with 1), J 5 (Mullowney 2). Fouls: BC 24, J 18. Fouled out: BC 1 (Furcht), J 1 (Eamon). Technical fouls: BC 2 (head coach, assistant). Turnovers: BC 17, J 16.

Records: Century 12-2 West Region, 15-2 overall. Jamestown 8-6, 9-8.

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