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Peterson's double-double lifts Jays over Midgets

Courtney Peterson can do a whole lot more than simply sink the 3-ball. Jamestown High School's junior sharpshooter filled the stat sheet Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. Peterson tossed in 14 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and swiped four steals, le...

Jamestown's Courtney Peterson scored double digits Saturday against Dickinson. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Courtney Peterson scored double digits Saturday against Dickinson. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Courtney Peterson can do a whole lot more than simply sink the 3-ball.

Jamestown High School's junior sharpshooter filled the stat sheet Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. Peterson tossed in 14 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and swiped four steals, leading the Blue Jays past Dickinson 76-53 in Class A girls basketball action.

"It's nice, finally, getting to have an all-around game," said Peterson after the win.

It also largely came in a flurry just after tipoff. Peterson opened with a pair of treys and two steals she took back to the house for layups in transition to score Jamestown's first 10 points of the evening.

The Blue Jays never trailed and led 10-2 after four minutes of play.

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"We've been practicing all week on getting up right away, because the intensity at the beginning is the most important part," Peterson said. "We were just working hard and pressing, trying to get turnovers."

While making life difficult for the Midgets (4-13), the Blue Jays (13-7) took care of the basketball. Jamestown committed just one turnover in the opening 18 minutes, which made Blue Jay coach Andy Skunberg happy, as the home team led 40-24 at the half.

"That's by far the best half we've had, and we only had seven (turnovers) for the game," Skunberg said. "That was the gameplan, to come out the first four minutes and try to set the tone."

Jamestown sophomore Kameron Selvig came off the bench and scored 11 points in the first half, while senior Megan Gaffaney took over after the break. Gaffaney scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the second 18 minutes, helping the Blue Jays lead by as many as 27 points (60-33).

Peyton Selle also scored 16 for the Midgets, while Audrey Rodakowski tossed in 13 second-half points for the visitors.

Jamestown locked itself into the West Region tournament quarterfinal pairing between the fourth and fifth seeds with the win. The regional begins March 1 in Bismarck.

Jamestown hosts third-ranked Mandan on Tuesday to wrap up the regular season.

"We still got a little ways to go yet," Skunberg said. "We've got a tough Mandan game coming up Tuesday, and then either Bismarck or Legacy in the first round of the WDA.

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"Life doesn't get any easier for us and we just gotta continue getting better ourselves by taking care of the ball, executing and we'll see where it goes."

"It's really exciting-we've worked really hard," Peterson added. "We've got a big practice on Monday and then we'll go to work hard against Mandan."

Jamestown 76, Dickinson 53

DHS 24 29 -- 53

JHS 40 36 -- 76

DHS-Peyton Selle 16, Audrey Rodakowski 13, Gabrielle Jung 11, Lauren Jorda 7, Mckenna Weiler 3, Leah Kessel 3. Totals: 21-52 FG, 5-10 FT, 6-20 3-pointers (Jung 3, Jorda, Weiler, Kessel), 35 Rebounds (Rodakowski 9), 12 Fouls, 16 Assists (Forness 3), 20 Turnovers, 1 Block (Jung), 5 Steals (Selle 3).

JHS-Megan Gaffaney 16, Kameron Selvig 15, Courtney Peterson 14, Alyssa Ukestad 8, Katherine Horgan 8, Olivia Nihill 7, Jessica Walters 6, Jessa Anderson 2. Totals: 29-61 FG, 11-15 FT, 7-26 3-pointers (Ukestad 2, Peterson 2, Nihill, Gaffaney, Selvig), 32 Rebounds (Peterson 13), 11 Fouls, 22 Assists (Nihill 6, Anderson 6), 7 Turnovers, 10 steals (Peterson 4, Ukestad 3).

Records: Jamestown 13-7, 10-7 West Region. Dickinson 6-14, 4-13.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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