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FASTBREAK: JHS looks to replenish backcourt in 2018-19

Jamestown's Courtney Peterson (left) looks to the basket against Bismarck Legacy's Alexis Dressler last winter at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Losing three seniors might not seem like a ton on paper, but Jamestown High School girls basketball will have a lot to replace for its upcoming season.

The Blue Jays lost guards Alyssa Ukestad, Megan Gaffaney and Olivia Nihill to graduation. The trio combined for 26.1 points and 8.5 assists per game, as well as accounted for a bulk of the team's ball handling.

Who replenishes the backcourt has been a question for Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg in the offseason. The coach said he'd know more by the time preseason practices wrapped up.

"We have a few girls vying for the spots and we'll see which ones stand out," Skunberg said.

The two obvious choices from last season would be juniors Kameron Selvig and Jessa Anderson. Selvig averaged 10.3 points per game off the bench—third highest on the team—while dishing out 34 assists.

"She's a pretty consistent scorer and we're hoping she improves from last year to help out the girls that graduated," Skunberg said of Selvig.

Anderson played in all 24 games last winter, but was used sparingly up until the West Region tournament where she averaged 12 points.

Jamestown will be returning its second-leading scorer, Courtney Peterson, who poses a threat from 3-point range, while using her 5-foot-10 frame to drive to the hoop. Overall the senior averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds per outing, while totaling 34 steals, 64 assists and 51 treys.

"She'll be a leader for us on and off the court," Skunberg said of Peterson. "Hopefully she'll hit some outside shots to allow her penetration game to work. She does better at the 3 and driving than posting up."

Katherine Horgan, a 5-11 junior, will be playing down low as the Blue Jays' inside threat. Horgan averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds per contest.

"She'll play a force in the middle and has good size," Skunberg said. "She improved her range to hit outside shots and now teams will play her more honest. She can play inside and outside and be able to hit that outside shot."

Junior 5-9 post Jessica Walter will also see more time this year, after coming off the bench. Senior Katie Osborn and sophomore Grace Hegerle also figure to be in the mix.

"I think we'll be all right size-wise. We'll have a mixture of girls that have some length to them," Skunberg said. "We're going to have a mixture of veterans and new personnel playing this year, so it'll be a learning process, as usual, and hopefully we get better every game.

"We have enough individual talent to score that we won't rely on one person. It'll be more of a team effort."

Jamestown finished with a 14-10 record last season and fell one game short of the state tournament.

"Hopefully they can work as a team early and build on every game," Skunberg said. "Our goal is to obviously make state and be the best at the end of the year."

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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