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Blue Jay girls head to state qualifier

Jamestown's Kameron Selvig looks for the open Blue Jay during first-half action against Dickinson Friday in Bismarck. Shelby Reardon / Dickinson Press1 / 3
Jamestown junior Courtney Peterson (14) goes up for a basket against Dickinson on Friday at the Bismarck Event Center Friday. Shelby Reardon / Dickinson Press2 / 3
Jamestown sophomore Jessica Walter (30) gets in on the scoring action during the first half Friday at the Bismarck Event Center. Shelby Reardon / Dickinson Press3 / 3

BISMARCK—Courtney Peterson definitely likes draining shots inside the Bismarck Event Center's Exhibit Hall.

Peterson scored a team-high 20—including Jamestown's first nine points—as the Blue Jays hung on to defeat Dickinson 65-60 Friday in the West Region loser-out game.

Jamestown will now play Bismarck St. Mary's in a state qualifier Saturday at 11 a.m.

"I just had the beginning-of-the-game jitters," Peterson said about her hot start. "I took it out on the shots and they went in."

Peterson has been an outside threat all season—hitting 49 3-pointers for the season—but she used her 5-foot-10 frame to get four buckets in the paint.

"It's hard to get open on the 3-point line so I have to drive, post up and work on my all-around game," Peterson said.

Peterson opened the scoring with a shot from the corner 15 seconds into the contest. A couple minutes later she scored five more points in 30 seconds to get Jamestown out in front 7-2.

"Today she caught on fire," said Blue Jay coach Andy Skunberg. "When she has time to set up she's got it dialed in and the girls did a good job of finding her open. She needed one of those bounce-back games and hopefully that will carry on to tomorrow."

Jamestown led by as many as nine but Dickinson got itself back in the game to take a 25-22 deficit into the break. Mckenna Weiler, Audrey Rodakowski and Gabi Jung combined for 20 points.

The Blue Jays got out to their largest lead of the game at 48-32 after Peterson nailed her third 3-pointer of the day.

Dickinson got the lead down to two points late in the contest but Jamestown closed out the game with free throws to seal the win.

"I told the girls from the opening tip that our energy had to be there," said Dickinson coach James Hayden. "I'm proud how our girls fought the entire game. The previous two meetings Jamestown handled us quite a bit and I was happy for us to come out the way that we did."

Jung scored a game-high 24 points for the Midgets, while Audrey Rodakowski was the other double-digit scorer.

"To step up the way Jung has from her sophomore season and have the season she's had this year—she's been the spark plug for us," Hayden said. "She's got a pretty tough outside shot to guard. The best aspect of her game is that she can drive and create for herself at the rim."

For Jamestown, along with Peterson eight rebounds to go along with her 20 points. Megan Gaffaney scored 18 points.

The Blue Jays will now turn their attention to St. Mary's, which has defeated Jamestown 54-41 and 59-39.

"They're long and lengthy," Skunberg said. "We've had troubles scoring on them. We've got to make sure every possession counts."

Jamestown 65, Dickinson 60

DIC 22 37 -- 60

JAM 28 38 -- 65

DIC—Gabi Jung 24, Audrey Rodakowski 10, Peyton Selle 9, Mckenna Weiler 8, Lexi Jordheim 3, Lauren Jorda 2, Marley McChesney 2, Kendryn Bullinger 2. Totals: 22-58 FG, 4-13 3-PT, 12-19 FT, 40 Rebounds (Rodakowski 11), 19 Fouls (Selle), 15 Turnovers.

JAM—Courtney Peterson 20, Megan Gaffaney 18, Kameron Selvig 9, Olivia Nihill 8, Alyssa Ukestad 6, Katherine Horgan 2, Jessica Walter 2. Totals: 19-55 FG, 9-25 3-PT, 18-26 FT, 40 Rebounds (Horgan 10), 18 Fouls (Ukestad), 15 Assists, 17 Turnovers.

Records: JAM 14-9. DIC 8-16.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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