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Second-half surge: Deacons rally past Blue Jays

Kevin Cederstrom / For The Sun Jametown’s McKayla Orr drives to the basket as Fargo Shanley’s Sarah Jacobson (right) tries to strip the ball during Thursday’s state tournament game in Minot. Page Peterson (left) follows on the play.

MINOT — A halftime deficit wasn’t cause for concern in Sarah Jacobson’s mind.

The sophomore point guard led the charge during a 14-0 second-half run, as the Deacons rallied for a 62-50 win over Jamestown in a North Dakota Class A state quarterfinal Thursday at the municipal auditorium.

“I knew if we kept getting after it and kept playing hard defense, our (shots) would start falling,” said Jacobson, who poured in 24 points including a 10-of-11 performance from the free-throw line. “Jamestown played a great first half. Credit to them, they were on fire.”

Shanley meets Bismarck Century or Fargo Davies in a semifinal, set for 3 p.m. today at the Minot State Dome. The Deacons are looking for a defensive effort similar to the second half against Jamestown, as they gave up only 16 points.

“Defense sparked us,” Shanley coach Tim Jacobson said. “We didn’t give them the 3s that they got in the first half.”

Jamestown led 34-27 at halftime, only after Sarah Jacobson drilled a step-back 3-pointer to cut it to single digits right before the buzzer sounded.

A baseline jumper from Shanley’s Alivia Fraase followed by six straight points by Sarah Jacobson put the Deacons up 40-39, a lead they didn’t relinquish.

“Jamestown was shooting the lights out in the first half,” Tim Jacobson said. “They were very well prepared.”

Jamestown shot 62 percent (13-of-21) in the opening half, but made just 7-of-29 for 24 percent in the second half.

“Shooting 62 percent in the first half, we knew that wouldn’t stick around,” said Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg, whose team plays Bismarck Century in loser-out play at 6 p.m. today. “The law of averages kicked in, and it kicked in really hard for us.”

Erin Mullowney’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining served as the Blue Jays’ only points in the final 4 minutes, 49 seconds. Paige Peterson led Jamestown with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

In addition to running the point and being Jamestown’s second leading scorer with 11 points, senior McKayla Orr had the tough assignment of holding down Jacobson, who played all 36 minutes. Orr missed six minutes because of foul trouble, and Jacobson scored five straight.

“(Orr) has to guard the best girl, bring the ball up, drive to the hole — she’s got a lot of responsibilities,” Skunberg said. “She needs a breather. She played a hard 30 minutes.”

The first half saw freshman Emily Reiten bank in two 3-pointers as part of a superb offensive effort by the Blue Jays. They made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, but were just 1-of-13 in the second half.

“Andy did a great job of preparation for us,” Tim Jacobson said. “I thought Peterson did a very good job inside, but we rebounded better and held them to one shot for most of the second half.”

Class A state tournament

At Minot

Fargo Shanley 62, Jamestown 50

Jamestown 34 16 — 50

Fargo Shanley 27 35 — 62

Jamestown: Paige Peterson 8 0-2 16, McKayla Orr 4 1-2 11, Erin Mullowney 3 2-2 8, Meghan Orr 2 2-2 7, Emily Reiten 2 0-0 6, Addie Eamon 1 0-0 2.

Shanley: Sarah Jacobson 6 10-11 24, Jackie Day 4 2-5 10, Lauren Rotunda 4 1-2 9, Alivia Fraase 4 0-0 8, Ellen Erie 2 0-0 5, Somer Bucholz 2 0-0 4, Emily Dietz 0 1-2 1, Sydney Weber 0 1-2 1.

3-pointers: J 7-23 (Reiten 2, McKayla Orr 2, Mullowney 2, Meghan Orr), FS 3-17 (Jacobson 2, Erie). Rebounds: J 31 (Peterson 10), FS 32 (Day 10). Assists: J 15 (McKayla Orr 4), FS 12 (Jacobson 5). Fouls: J 16, FS 13. Fouled out: J, Eamon, McKayla Orr. Turnovers: J 23, FS 15.

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