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Selvig's shooting leads JHS girls to 7-3 start

Jamestown's Kameron Selvig (2) shoots a 3-pointer from the corner in front of Sydney Sanford of Watford City Friday at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown Blue Jay Jessa Anderson jumps for two while being sandwiched between Lindsay Peterson and Hayley Ogle of Watford City Friday in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Jamestown High School girls basketball player Kameron Selvig has upped her offensive contributions this winter.

The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 10.3 points off the bench during the 2017-18 season and has raised that total to 16.1 this year, prior to Friday night's contest against Watford City.

The junior scored a game-high 24 points at Jerry Meyer Arena, along with 4 of 5 from 3-point land, as the Blue Jays defeated the Wolves 74-53 during West Region action. Jamestown is now 7-3 on the year, while Watford City—a team moving up from Class B—is 2-8.

"It felt really good to get this win tonight," Selvig said. "We all had a bad taste in our mouth after Tuesday in Mandan (74-49 loss). That was a tough game for all of us, I'd say."

Efficient shooting has been key to Selvig's added scoring. Selvig is now 55 for 116 from the field (47 percent), while shooting an eye-popping 23 of 55 from 3-point land (41 percent). She is now averaging 17 points per game.

"Obviously we lost three seniors last year. They were all kind of shooters," Selvig said about JHS graduates Alyssa Ukestad, Megan Gaffaney and Olivia Nihill. "I felt like I had to step up with losing them. Last year I was passive as a sophomore.

"I've gained more confidence and practiced (3-pointers) over the summer to increase my shooting percentage. I'm a lot more confident shooting the ball."

Selvig hit a triple in Jamestown's first seven games, but went 0 for 5 from beyond the arc and was held to 4 points during the Mandan loss.

"She had a great bounce-back game," said Blue Jay coach Andy Skunberg. "She struggled a little bit in the Mandan game, couldn't find her rhythm. First half she was 3 for 3 from three and hit some good running shots. It was the spark we needed and hopefully that carries over."

Selvig drained her first 3-pointer with 9:13 remaining to give Jamestown a 19-9 lead. She later hit back-to-back triples to extend the Blue Jays' lead to 30-20. Jamestown took a 37-24 lead into the break.

"She's finding her rhythm with that shot and looking good doing it," Skunberg said. "Other teams will start keying on that a little more and not snag off as much. She'll have to up her game."

Watford City did key in on the 3-pointer in the second half, however, as Selvig was limited to just two attempts and hit one triple.

The Wolves, who placed eighth at the 2017-18 Class B girls basketball tournament, were led scoring-wise by sophomore Ashley Holen's 20 points and senior Lindsay Peterson pitched in 17.

"They played hard. Give them a lot of credit," Skunberg said of Watford City. "They have some good guard play, they're quick and we tried to do some trapping. They were a solid team."

Jamestown will try and stop undefeated Bismarck Century's (10-0) Lauren Ware and company today at Jerry Meyer Arena starting at 5:45 p.m.

"It's going to be a whole different ball game that's for sure," Selvig said. "We're gonna have to come out with a better mindset than we did tonight."

Added Skunberg: "It's not only stopping her (Ware), but stopping Lilly Keplin and everyone else. We have to be smart with the ball, get back to contest shots, rebound and try to score. You have to play a darn near perfect game."

Jamestown 74, Watford City 53

WC 24 29 -- 53

JHS 37 37 -- 74

WC—Ashley Holen 20, Lindsay Peterson 17, Emma Mogen 9, Sydney Sanford 4, Sydney Faller 3, Gracie Faller 2, Kaylin Mosen 2. Totals: 21-72 FG, 6-18 3-pointers, 9-12 FT, 40 Rebounds, 19 Fouls (Peterson 4, Mogen 4), 18 Assists, 17 Turnovers, 9 Steals.

JHS—Kameron Selvig 24, Courtney Peterson 17, Grace Hegerle 15, Ella Falk 6, Jessa Anderson 5, Katherine Horgan 5, Jessica Walter 2. Totals: 28-58 FG, 6-16 3-pointers, 12-19 FT, 46 Rebounds, 11 Fouls, 25 Assists, 18 Turnovers, 9 Steals, 2 Blocks.

Records: Jamestown 7-3. Watford City 2-8.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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