They have been playing together since elementary school.

Tuesday night was the last time the four Blue Jay seniors would take the court together in a regular-season game.

"We've been playing together for 10 years," Blue Jay senior Jessa Anderson said. "It was really surreal for us for that to be the last time we play together."

The Jamestown High School girls basketball team fell 74-66 in its final game of the regular season to Mandan.

As a senior, Anderson, along with senior teammates Kameron Selvig, Jessica Walter and Katherine Horgan, have led the Jays to an overall record of 9-12 and 8-12 in the West Region. JHS will host Dickinson in a West Region tournament play-in game on Friday at Jerry Meyer Arena, the winner of which will advance to next week's regional beginning March 5 in Bismarck.

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"We try to be a good example for the younger kids," Anderson said. "It's super fun, it's a really great program. We have good chemistry and leadership, I think. We bring it in school, at practice and we're close with the younger kids. We try to make it fun."

Junior Grace Hegerle seemed like she was having fun up and down the hardwoods.

Jamestown's Grace Hegerle gets tangled up with Mandan's Lakyn Darras (34) and Taylor Leingang Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Grace Hegerle gets tangled up with Mandan's Lakyn Darras (34) and Taylor Leingang Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Hegerle helped to lead the Blue Jays back from a nine-point deficit to come within two early in the first half. The 5-foot-10 guard sent a deep 3-pointer into the basket to give the Jays their first lead of the game.

Hegerle would end her night as the Jays' leading scorer with 30 points going 11 of 16 from the field and 7 of 10 from the line. The junior leads the West Region in scoring with 360 points, averaging 18 points per game.

"We've shown that we can compete with any of the teams in the WDA we just have to put a whole game together," Blue Jay head coach Andy Skunberg said. "We've been battle-tested all year, not many games have we been blown out. All games have been close and important."

Half No. 2 started out much like the first ended -- with the Blue Jays on top. The seven-point lead at the start of the second was the greatest margin either team would lead by for the first 17 minutes and 46 seconds. Anderson said the ability to battle gives the team confidence headed into the West Region play-in game.

Jamestown's Kameron Selvig moves the ball as  Mandan's Piper Harris reaches in Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Kameron Selvig moves the ball as Mandan's Piper Harris reaches in Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

"We're super confident," The Blue Jay captain said. "We haven't put every little piece together but we think that we can now that it's crunch time. I think our fight will show up come tournament time."

Skunberg's four seniors will be heading up the battle Friday night -- like they have all season.

"These seniors, they've worked hard, they're great leaders," Skunberg said. "They're easy-going and they are fun people to be around. I've watched them grow up in the last six years. We'll miss them dearly."

Mandan 74, Jamestown 66

MAN 32 42 -- 74

JHS 37 29 -- 66

MAN -- Lakyn Darras 21, Sydney Gustavsson 14, Aleah Clarke 13, Amaya Ramsey 11, Maria Moore 10, Jordan Toman 2, Piper Harris 2. Totals: 28 FG, 8-8 FT, 15 fouls. 3-pointers: Darras 3, Clarke 3, Gustavsson 2, Moore 2.

JHS -- Grace Hegerle 30, Katherine Horgan 12, Kameron Selvig 10, Jessica Walter 8, Jessa Anderson 4, Kaylee Panchot 2. Totals: 26 FG, 13-17 FT, 11 fouls. 3-pointers: Hegerle.

Records: Mandan 14-7, 13-7 West Region. Jamestown 9-12, 8-12 West Region.