Blue Jay girls fall in WDA quarters, headed to loser-out game

The Jamestown High School girls basketball team faced Legacy in the opening round of the WDA tournament on Mar. 2.

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Jamestown's Ella Falk brings the ball up the court during the Blue Jays WDA quarterfinal game against Bismarck Legacy on Mar. 2, 2023.
Matt Mullally / WDA Executive Director

BISMARCK — Every team has games where sometimes there's not too much to say after it.

Thursday afternoon marked one of those types of games for the Jamestown High School girls basketball team.

Legacy trounced the Blue Jays 82-47 in the opening round of the West Region Basketball Tournament. Legacy will face Century in the tournament semifinals while the Jays will face off against Dickinson Friday's loser-out game Friday. The Jays and Midgets will tip off at 4:30 p.m. at the Bismarck Events Center.

Legacy scored five seconds into the opening half and from there, it was all uphill for the team in white.

The Sabers shot 58% from the floor and 50% from long-range en route to their 57 first-half points. Legacy only turned the ball over three times compared to seven turnovers forced on the Blue Jays.


Adison Sagaser led all scorers at the halfway point with 16 points and finished out her day with 18. Sagaser went 4-of-7 from deep.

Alyssa Eckroth doled out 11 points in the first frame and wound up with 14 while Brooklynn Felchle pitched in 13. In just the opening half, the Sabers were +12 in rebounding and led the Jays 15-4 in second-chance points and 8-2 in points off of the bench. The Sabers made their bed on the outside, notching 21 of their 57 points off of 3-point shots.

For the team in blue, Katie Falk led the Jays' in first half scoring with nine points while four of Haylie Hakanson's eight points came at the stripe. Breanna Oettle and Ella Falk, who generally land in the double-digits for the Jays, combined for three points in the first 18 minutes of play. Katie Falk was the only Blue Jay who managed a 3-point bucket in the first half.

The Sabers kicked off the second half with a 5-0 run to make it a 40-point game with 14:51 left in regulation and while the Jays' were able to match the Sabers' second-half scoring numbers, the Sabers 35-point lead at halftime gave them a bit of a cushion.

Ella Falk went 0-for-10 from the field, a stat that kept her scoring in check. The senior finished the game with just one point.

Hakanson wound up the leading scorer for the Jays, finishing the third WDA basketball quarterfinal of her career with 13 points. Katie Falk notched 11 total points while Rylee Joseph put up nine — all of which came in the second half.

Jada Walter had a breakout game scoring seven of the team's 47 while Teagan Bosche put up two points.

Legacy 82, Jamestown 47


LEG 57 25 — 82

JHS 22 25 — 47

LEG — Adison Sagaser 18, Alyssa Eckroth 14, Brooklynn Felchle 13, Brooklyn Brendel 13, Kali Dauenhauer 6, Aliya Selensky 5, Sapphire LaBlanc 5, Halle Severson 4, Ashley Kautz 2, Aleah McPherson 2. Totals: 32 FG, 8-11 FT, 9 fouls, 47 rebounds, 16 assists, 7 turnovers, 9 steals. 3-pointers: Sagaser 4, Brendel 3, Dauenhauer 2, LaBlanc 1.

JHS — Haylie Hakanson 13, Katie Falk 11, Rylee Joseph 9, Jada Walter 7, Breanna Oettle 4, Teagan Bosche 2, Ella Falk 1. Totals: 17 FG, 7-11 FT, 12 fouls, 31 rebounds, 6 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 steals. 3-pointers: Joseph 3, Hakanson 1, Walter, K. Falk 1.

Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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