Ty Monson was surprised when his first 3-point shot went in but by the end of the night, the senior was done surprising himself.

"The first one I thought it was an airball," Monson said with a grin. "If it goes in, I am feeling good so I am just going to keep shooting."

Monson helped the Jays cruise to a 91-40 win over Williston Friday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Blue Jays improved to 4-2 in the West Region standings and will host Dickinson tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Coyotes (0-5) are one of four West Region teams without a win so far this season.

Monson, a 6-foot-2 senior, came off the bench for the Jays halfway through the first half and subsequently knocked down three of his four 3-point shots. The senior's presence on the perimeter resulted in 14 points for the Blue Jays.

"He's a gamer," JHS head coach Jacoby Lloyd said of Monson. "He's a competitive kid and he listens to everything the coaching staff tells him. He takes it to heart and he tries his best every single time."

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Jamestown's Carson Lamp (24) works his way through the defense of Aalijah Sowell, left, and Kadin Finders of Williston Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Carson Lamp (24) works his way through the defense of Aalijah Sowell, left, and Kadin Finders of Williston Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Monson is listed as shooting 50% from beyond the arc and has knocked down all five of his free throws this season. The senior's point total now reads 51 over the team's last six games.

Monson and other hot-handed Blue Jays -- mainly Brooks Carroll and Carson Lamp -- got the ball thanks to an aggressive and disciplined defense that got rolling with a series of steals made by Shea Carroll in just the first five minutes.

"Defensively we were really, really good today," Lloyd said. "That was our game plan going in was to put enough pressure on them to make them feel uncomfortable and I think we accomplished that."

Down 34-7 with time still to play in the first half, the Coyotes certainly didn't look at home on the floor.

"(Our players have) zero meaningful varsity minutes," Williston head coach Daved Lundeen said. "We're really, really young and we looked it tonight."

The Coyotes, who gave the Jays a battle at the 2020 WDA tournament, lost eight team members to graduation leaving Lundeen with mostly juniors and sophomores. The third-year head coach said his batch of varsity newbies are still working to learn how to execute plays in a game-type setting.

The Jays continued to pressure the Coyotes building their lead to 42-14. Adam Kallenbach, Luke Van Berkom and Devin Beach all knocked down baskets in the first half ending it up 49-15.

Jamestown had 13 of its 15 rostered athletes with two or more points while Williston was predominantly led by Austin Baumer. Baumer, a sophomore, put together a 12-point game for the Coyotes.

While the Blue Jays commanded the first 18 minutes, the home team was only able to put up nine in the opening eight minutes. Lloyd called a timeout to talk to his bunch of bench players who were scrambling for the ball.

"At those timeouts I talked about when your shot's not going in, finding other ways to be successful," Lloyd said. "Whether that's creating a shot for a teammate or getting to the free-throw line to get you back in rhythm or getting to the rim."

After cutting the Jays' lead to just 32 Lloyd took a second timeout and made a line change putting his starters back on the floor to ice the game.

Brooks Carroll took advantage of being on the floor again racking up 10 straight points -- two of which came from 3-point range. Monson followed Brooks' lead and knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the night with just under five minutes to play in regulation.

While the home team was just nine short of a triple-digit game, Lloyd wants to see more out of his team, particularly as an offensive set.

"I think some players shared the ball extraordinarily well and didn't turn the ball over, but some groups still just have a tendency to turn the ball over," Lloyd said. "We're either going to have to fix it with play on the court or I am going to have to fix it by giving less time and finding time for other players who are not going to turn the ball over."

Williston's Aalijah Sowell, left, wrestles for the loose ball with Shea Carroll of Jamestown Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Williston's Aalijah Sowell, left, wrestles for the loose ball with Shea Carroll of Jamestown Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The Jays will have another chance to gel more tomorrow in game No. 2 of the weekend. Dickinson (3-2) last played TMCHS on Tuesday. The Midgets topped the Braves 72-60.

"It's definitely a good thing to score that many points going into a two-game weekend," Monson said. "It kind of helps you start getting ready for the next game but we've still got to work on just the little things and get better every game."

Jamestown 91, Williston 40

WIL 15 25 -- 40

JHS 49 42 -- 91

WIL -- Baumer 12, Edens Dumervil 9, Malaki Sik 8, Aaligah Sowell 4, Jayden Williams 2, Kadin Finders 2, Ethan Moe 2, Alex Ewert 1. Totals: 15 FG, 5-6 FT, 11 fouls. 3-pointers: Baumer 3, Sik 2.

JHS -- Brooks Carroll 18, Ty Monson 14, Carson Lamp 13, Luke Van Berkom 8, Adam Kallenbach 8, Keith Levin 8, Devin Beach 6, Jacob Hilgemann 4, Chanse Grenz 3, Preston Kroeber 3, Shea Carroll 2, Emmanuel Kpahn 2, Kade Schumacher Totals: 36 FG, 5-6 FT, 13 fouls. 3-pointers: B. Carroll 4, Monson 4, Lamp 3, Grenz 1, Kroeber 1, Kallenbach 1.

Records: Jamestown 4-2, 4-2 West Region. Williston 0-5, 0-5 West Region.