Jamestown High School girls basketball coach Andy Skunberg liked the effort his team gave in the first half against top-ranked Bismarck Century. But eventually the Patriots became too much for the Blue Jays.
Bismarck Century used a 14-3 run early in the second half to pull away from Jamestown Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena with a 71-55 victory. The Patriots extended their undefeated streak to 11-0, while the Blue Jays dropped to 7-4.
"The effort level tonight was really high," Skunberg said. "That's something we need to keep doing all year round."
Jamestown took a 14-13 lead with 10:01 remaining in the first half and didn't relinquish it until 17:06 left in the second frame. The Blue Jays got contributions from Kameron Selvig (6 points), Courtney Peterson (6), Katherine Horgan (4), Grace Hegerle (3), Ella Falk (2) and Jessica Walter (2) down the stretch.
Horgan's defense on Bismarck Century's difference-maker, 6-foot-5 junior Lauren Ware, also played a big part. Horgan held Ware to 8 points on 4 of 12 shooting, despite a five-inch height disadvantage.
"She's a load in the middle," Skunberg said of Ware. "Katherine has done a good job with her the last couple years of being another big body with high hands. We tried to contain Ware as much as we can.
"A lot of girls dropped down and helped out. We just have to hope Century doesn't hit 3s."
The Patriots' shooters heated up in the second half. Lilly Keplin scored 16 second-half points and Chloe Markovic tallied 13.
"They're all good shooters," Skunberg said. "They're athletic and put a lot of time in the gym. They're big, strong and shoot well."
Keplin led all players with 30 points, converting 5 of 14 from beyond the arc. Markovic, who came into the game 3 of 24 from 3-point land, went 4 of 7 from 3 and scored 16 points. Ware was the other Patriot in double figures with 12.
Jamestown travels to Bismarck St. Mary's (5-6) on Tuesday for a rematch from the season opener. The Blue Jays won 53-47 behind a combined 40 points from Peterson, Selvig and Jessa Anderson.
"It's the second round of the WDAs, except for Minot," Skunberg said. "They have a couple bigs inside that we have to be ready to contest with. It's at their house, which is always tough to play at. We'll watch game film on Monday and get a game plan together."
(1) Bismarck Century 71, Jamestown 55
BC 32 39 -- 71
JHS 35 20 -- 55
BC-Lily Keplin 30, Chloe Markovic 16, Lauren Ware 12, Julia Fitterer 8, Ashton Kinnebrew 3, Hailey Fletcher 2. Totals: 24-63 FG, 9-32 3-pointers, 14-21 FT, 33 Rebounds (Ware 12), 20 Fouls (Markovic 5), 19 Assists, 9 Turnovers, 4 Blocks, 8 Steals.
JHS-Kameron Selvig 18, Grace Hegerle 16, Courtney Peterson 9, Katherine Horgan 6, Ella Falk 4, Jessa Anderson 1. Totals: 18-37 FG, 5-14 3-pointers, 13-29 FT, 39 Rebounds (Peterson 10), 14 Fouls, 17 Assists, 15 Turnovers, 3 Blocks.
Records: (1) Bismarck Century 11-0. Jamestown 7-4.