Grace Hegerle's perfect free-throw percentage wasn't enough Saturday afternoon.
The Jamestown High School girls basketball team came up empty on their recent road trip out to Watford City. The Wolves beat the Blue Jays 64-52 in the team's last regular-season game. The Jays qualified for the West Region tournament, a feat the team was unable to pull off in 2020, but where the team will play the opening round is the big question.
There is only one way the Blue Jays will earn the No. 4 seed heading into the WDA tournament. Bismarck Legacy would have to beat Bismarck High in order for the Blue Jays to be a host site on Mar. 2. The Sabers and Demons are slated to tip-off Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Legacy.
Undefeated Bismarck Century and Legacy have already secured the top-two seeds and with the win Saturday, Watford City is No. 3. The race for fourth is between the Jays and Demons.
Hegerle, a 5-foot-10 senior for the Jays, wound up on top of the scoring charts for the Jays recording 16 points in total. The senior went a perfect 6 of 6 from the stripe and was shooting 33% from the field. Hegerle and Annie Nabwe also nabbed team highs at the boards with six and seven rebounds apiece.
Nabwe and Hegerle were the only two Blue Jays in double-digits while Breanna Oettle and Rylee Joseph were the only two who knocked down 3-pointers. As a team, the Jays went 2 of 15 from behind the arc but shot 80% from the line.
Blue Jays roll over Wolves
The Jamestown High School boys basketball team took it to Watford City Saturday afternoon, defeating the Wolves 88-26. The Blue Jays are 14-5 in the West Region standings while the Wolves remain winless at 0-19. The Blue Jays are slated to host Mandan Tuesday in their last regular-season game. First tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Jays had a rough go of it the last nine days recording losses to Minot on Feb. 11 and Bismarck Legacy on Feb. 16 before gaining ground against Williston Friday. The Jays defeated the Coyotes 77-43.
"It was really nice to see balance come back for our offense," JHS head coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "We had a lot of players make shots that they haven't made in awhile."
Adam Kallenbach exploded onto the scene for the Jays racking up 15 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc. Senior Brooks Carroll hit four of his own 3s and three from the field for a total of 18. Kade Schumacher was also hot from downtown with a trio of 3-point shots en route to his 12-point performance night. Aside from the Jays' top-three scorers, the team had five players each with six points.
The Blue Jays kept the Wolves under 10 points the first 18 minutes while their hot-handed shooting earned them 44 points. The Wolves only managed to match 19 of the Jays 44 second-half points.
Watford City 64, Jamestown 52
JHS 25 27 -- 52
WC 29 35 -- 64
JHS -- Grace Hegerle 16, Annie Nabwe 11, Hunter Petersen 7, Breanna Oettle 5, Rylee Joseph 5, Katie Falk 4, Ella Falk 4. Totals: 21 FG, 8-10 FT, 11 fouls. 3-pointers: Oettle 1, Joseph 1.
WC -- Emma Mogen 13, Ashley Holen 12, Madison Spacher 12, Jessica Mogen 11, Hayley Ogle 11, Gracen Breitbach 3, Riley Faller 2. Totals: 26 FG, 5-8 FT, 12 fouls. 3-pointers: E. Mogen 3, Holen 1, Breitbach 1, J. Mogen 1, Ogle 1.
Records: Watford City 15-4, Jamestown 13-7.
Jamestown 88, Watford City 26
JHS 44 44 -- 88
WC 7 19 -- 26
JHS -- Brooks Carroll 18, Adam Kallenbach 15, Kade Schumacher 12, Shea Carroll 6, Luke Van Berkom 6, Carson Lamp 6, Ty Monson 6, Matt Anderson 6, Jacob Hilgemann 4, Mason Lunzman 3, Emmanuel Kpahn 2, Devin Beach 2, Dan Ulrich 2. Totals: 34 FG, 4-11 FT, 8 fouls. 3-pointers: B. Carroll 4, Kallenach 3, Schumacher 3, S. Carroll 2, Monson 2, Lunzman 1, Van Berkom 1.
WC -- Stats not provided.
Records: Jamestown 14-5, Watford City 0-19.