A 9-0 Bismarck Century lead was enough for Blue Jay girls basketball coach Andy Skunberg to call a timeout Tuesday at Jerry Meyer Arena.
The 30 seconds of coaching helped Jamestown find a rhythm, but the Jays ultimately fell 77-57 to the No. 3-ranked Patriots. Jamestown fell to 8-7 overall and 6-8 in the West Region.
"If you've seen their games lately they are blowing people out by 30 or 40 points," Skunberg said of the opposing team. "They are playing well right now. They have a lot of confidence and that is huge in basketball."
Century won the tip and made shots early. Julia Fitterer led the opposition with 17 points, while Ashton Kinnebrew tacked on 16. The Pats jumped out to a 20-4 lead.
"The girls played hard," Skunberg said of the Jays. "We had a slow start to the game, but they got hot and we weathered the storm and got back within a couple of points. That was good to see, we didn't give up right away."
Jamestown went on a 9-0 run of its own to come within a single point. JHS leading scorer Grace Hegerle once again topped the leaderboard with 18 points, going 6 of 10 from the field. Freshman Ella Falk chipped in 12 more with a couple of 3-pointers. Kameron Selvig rounded out the top 3 with nine.
Jordan Finck drained a pair of 3s to help the Jays come within a mere five points. The JHS junior has started all 14 games of the season and has put up 70 points, sinking 37 shots from the field including 16 from beyond the arc.
"She had kind of a tough game last game but at the end of the game, she hit a couple of big 3s for us against Dickinson," Skunberg said. "I think that confidence carried over a little bit.
"She had a great first half. When she settles down and takes her time on the shot she's a pretty good shooter. That's another weapon we need to be consistent with here toward the end of the season."
Century was taking shots from the top of the key in the first and tested out the lane in half No. 2. Century outscored JHS 34-20 in the second, improving to 16-1 overall and 15-1 in the West, second behind Legacy at 17-1.
Skunberg said while it was a disappointing loss for the team's WDA standings, he was still impressed with his team's performance at home.
"We're showing grit out there," Skunberg said. "We're trying to be scrappy, we're trying to do all the little things and we're playing hard. That's all you can ask for."
The girls will be back in action Friday in Minot.
Century 77, Jamestown 57
CEN 43 34 -- 77
JHS 37 20 -- 57
CEN -- Julia Fitterer 17, Ashton Kinnebrew 16, Chloe Markovic 13, Ella Fridley 10, Logan Nissley 9, Jocelyn Julson 6, McKayla Anderson 4, Megan Klein 2. Totals: 30 FG, 7-11 FT, 15 fouls. 3-pointers: Fitterer 3, Markovic 2, Julson 2, Kinnebrew.
JHS -- Grace Hegerle 18, Ella Falk 12, Kameron Selvig 9, Jordan Finck 8, Jessa Anderson 6, Katherine Horgan 2, Katie Falk 2. Totals: 22 FG, 8-10 FT, 17 fouls. 3-pointers: Finck 2, Falk 2, Hegerle.
Records: Century 16-1, 15-1 West Region. Jamestown 8-7, 6-8 West Region.