On paper, the two teams seemed pretty evenly matched. It was a little different on the court.

The Blue Jays girls basketball team defeated Bismarck St. Mary's 65-56 Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Jays improved to 2-0 on the season while the Saints fell to 0-2 overall.

"We played hard for 38 minutes.," JHS girls basketball coach Andy Skunberg said. They've got a pretty good team over there. They've got some bigs in there and their guards are quick."

Jamestown junior Grace Hegerle put 14 points on the board for the Jays, bringing her season total to 30. The 5-foot-10 forward was 7 of 9 shooting, capping her time on the floor at 24 minutes.

"Grace is a battler," Skunberg said. "She works hard every night, she gets after it and it's fun to show off a little bit. She brings an element of aggressiveness.

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"She gets a rebound when we need it and has a soft touch around the hoop. Down low she does a pretty good job defending too."

Jamestown's Kameron Selvig (2) goes up for two against Abigail Kopp of St. Mary's Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Kameron Selvig (2) goes up for two against Abigail Kopp of St. Mary's Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Hegerle was joined in the leading scorers' category by volleyball teammate Kameron Selvig. The WDA senior athlete of the year shot for 16 points. Selvig, along with seniors Katherine Horgan and Jessa Anderson drained four of the team's five 3-pointers. The other 3-pointer was sunk by a second-year starter.

Ella Falk, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard, put up seven points in her latest game and went 3 for 5 from the field. The freshman also recorded six assists.

"Ella is a beast," Hegerle said with a laugh. "She's improved so much from last year and she was a beast last year. She's a great defender and a big offensive threat. Having someone so young, and is such a great player, is really nice and she's a great teammate."

Falk and the rest of the Jays went out on an early eight-point scoring run keeping the Saints at two points. The Saints bounced back and it was a battle up and down the hardwoods. The Jays kept a 33-28 lead to end the half.

The Saints came out with pressure defensively in the second half. The Saints' Hallie Schweitzer and Abbi Kopp each put up 14 at the hoop, while Maddy Miller ended her night with nine. Skunberg said his squad has some things to work on in the gym, but added he was proud of his team's response.

Jamestown's Ella Falk pulls away from the defensive pressure of Maddy Miller of St. Mary's Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Ella Falk pulls away from the defensive pressure of Maddy Miller of St. Mary's Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

"We kept our composure," Skunberg said. "We just need to do some the small things again. Other than that we played like a team. We moved the ball when we needed to and made some shots. It was fun to see."

Jamestown 65, Saint Mary's 56.

SM 28 28 -- 56

J 33 32-- 65

SM-- Hallie Schwietzer 14, Abbi Kopp 14, Maddy Miller 9, Elizabeth Peryl 5, Lydia Spies 5, Maddy Zander 5, Maria Mann 4. Totals: 22 FG, 7-9 FT, 10 fouls. 3-pointers: Miller 3, Spies, Zander.

J --Kameron Selvig 16, Grace Hegerle 14, Jessa Anderson 11, Jessica Walter 10, Ella Falk 7, Jordan Finck 4, Katherine Horgan 3. Totals: 22 FG, 7-10 FT, 12 fouls. 3-pointers: Jessa Anderson 2, Kameron Selvig, Katherine Horgan, Ella Falk.

Records: Jamestown 2-0, Saint Mary's 0-2.