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Big run sparks Jays to win

Jamestown's Katherine Horgan feels the pressure from Turtle Mountain's Mareea Keplin Saturday during WDA basketball action at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School girls basketball got an early start to the track and field season Saturday.

A 28-0 Blue Jay run in the first half ran up the score early, helping Jamestown sprint past visiting Turtle Mountain Community High School 81-38 at Jerry Meyer Arena.

"We knew we had to come out hard," said junior forward Courtney Peterson. "We won the past three games so we didn't wanna lose our momentum. We knew we had some good opportunities in this game."

The Blue Jays struggled early from the field, but defensively they were able to force the Bravettes into multiple turnovers and difficult shots from the perimeter. Jamestown led 30-3 after its large, unanswered run with 4 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

"We were trying to trap the ball at half court and get all the loose balls we could," Peterson said.

Turtle Mountain sophomore Tambraye Trottier finally ended the run by converting a pair of freebies at the line.

"I don't think that's ever happened for us," Peterson said. "We were just playing really well, working hard on defense and it worked out."

Turtle Mountain junior forward Falynn Ferris knocked down a 3-pointer to reduce the deficit to 37-8 at halftime. Jamestown only shot 33 percent from the field in the opening 18 minutes but forced 15 turnovers on the defensive end.

"We couldn't get them to fall," said Jamestown girls coach Andy Skunberg about his team's shooting. "We couldn't finish—we had good kick outs, good looks at 3s. Just one of those nights (where) shots weren't really falling."

Senior guard Megan Gaffaney scored three straight baskets within a minute and by the 11:39-mark the Blue Jays began to pull their starters out.

Sophomore guard Jess Anderson scored four points, freshman forward Grace Hegerle added a jumper and a pair of free throws, and Addi Douty added a 3-pointer and jumper at the end.

"Grace Hegerle came out and she played very aggressive for us. It's only the second time she played varsity. Didn't look like the moment was too big for her."

Overall, the Blue Jays forced 32 turnovers and limited the Braves to 23-percent shooting from the field (14 of 61). The Bravettes converted just two shots from the field in the first half.

For Turtle Mountain, Ferris led the way with 18 points and 15 rebounds, including 15 after the break. Trottier contributed with 15 points.

Jamestown travels to Dickinson on Friday.

TUR 8 30 -- 38

JAM 37 44 -- 81

MIN—Faylnn Ferris 18, Tambraye Trottier 15, Kylinn Malaterre 3, Trinity Azure 3. 14-61 FG, 8-15 FT.

JAM—Megan Gaffaney 16, Alyssa Ukestad 15, Courtney Peterson 9, Katherine Horgan 8, Kameron Selvig 8, Jessa Anderson 6, Olivia Nihill 4, Grace Hegerle 6, Addi Douty 2, Jessica Walter 4 Jordan Finck 3. Totals: 33-82 FG, 9-19 FT, 6-31 3-PT, 39 rebounds, 23 assists, 23 turnovers.

Records: Jamestown 5-4, 2-4 West Region. Turtle Mountain Community 1-7, 0-7 West Region.