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Blue Jays return four starters

The Jamestown High School girls basketball team fell short of its goals last season, struggling to three wins and finishing at the bottom of the West Region.

The Jamestown High School girls basketball team fell short of its goals last season, struggling to three wins and finishing at the bottom of the West Region.

But the Blue Jays return four starters, and coach Andy Skunberg said that's a good start to get the team trending upward. Jamestown opens today at Bismarck Legacy.

"We have a lot of girls with varsity playing experience," Skunberg said. "We've got some good leaders with our seniors. They seem hungry and ready to play."

Senior point guard Meghan Orr figures to lead the way, returning as an all-West Region selection. She played 27 minutes a night, averaging 6.2 points and draining a team-best 29 3-pointers. More importantly, she dictates the pace for the team's defense, often in the full-court. She averaged more than two steals per game.

"She's definitely a leader on the team," Skunberg said.

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The team's other returning senior starter is Taylor Schmeichel, a 5-8 forward. Schmeichel's average of 7.1 points per game was second on the team. She also led the team in rebounding at 5.2 per game, and Skunberg said he hopes the team will be better at rebounding as a whole.

"We have some girls who are bigger, but in the WDA, we're still on the short end of things," Skunberg said. "Rebounding has to be a team effort and has to be emphasized by everyone. They need to do their job boxing out for us to win some of those battles. It'll be a team effort on that end."

Juniors Emily Reiten and Bailey Lamp return after being in the starting lineup, though Lamp was a part-time starter.

Reiten, a guard, led the team in scoring at 8.2 points per game with her ability to get to the basket.

Lamp averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds from her forward spot.

Elsewhere, the Blue Jays are looking for someone to fill the fifth spot. That figures to be sophomore guard Megan Gaffaney, though others are in the running. Junior Genna Bruns was in the mix for playing time last year and figures to be again this year, though Skunberg said he would like to go deeper into his bench.

"We're hoping to go eight players - at least play three or four off the bench," Skunberg said.

Jamestown looks to improve on shooting, which didn't go well last season. The Blue Jays only managed 30 percent a few times.

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"We had a great summer of improved shooting," Skunberg said. "Hopefully, that continues in the winter."

Skunberg said he hopes with another year under their belt, the Blue Jays will be more steady from game to game.

"Hopefully they'll come in and not have nerves," Skunberg said. "They can settle down and do their jobs and feel confident in what they do."

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