Blue Jays Roundup: Basketball gets win over Valley Tuesday

The Jamestown High School basketball teams were in action on Dec. 20.

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Jamestown's Thomas Newman feels some pressure from Valley City's Jack Dieterle (35) on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Jerry Meyer Arena.
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The Jamestown High School basketball teams and boys hockey team were in action on Feb. 4.

JAMESTOWN — Valley City was not prepared for how much scoring would go one in 36 minutes at Jerry Meyer Arena Tuesday night.

Ella Falk and company took down the Hi-Liners 95-58 in a nonconference tilt to improve to 1-2 overall. The Jays are slated to be back in action on Thursday hosting Minot. The Jays and defending state champs are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.

The Blue Jays cruised out to a 10-1 start until Valley's Tesa Olson hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to six. Rylee Joseph put the next five on the board for the Blue Jays hitting one from downtown and laying one in for two to make it a 15-4 ball game with 13:51 left in the opening half.

It took the Hi-Liners almost four minutes to get another point on the board. Trailing 22-4, Valley hit a pair from the stripe which was followed by another layup from Falk. Another bucket by the Hi-Liners and a free throw from the Jays made it 25-8 Blue Jays.

The Jays remained in control for the remainder of the first half and entered the break with a comfortable 49-26 lead. Tuesday marked the first time the Jays had won the opening half this season.


"I’m extremely proud of the effort the girls gave on the court tonight," JHS head coach Andy Skunberg said. "It’s hard coming back from schedule disruption — we had to reschedule a few games and missed a couple practices because of last week's weather but when we are together the girls are working hard."

Jamestown's momentum bled into the second half.

The Jays produced 13 3-pointers — five of which came from Joseph. The senior ended the night with 17 total points while Falk led the team in scoring with 24 points. Five of the Blue Jays ended the game with double-digit scoring totals.

"The girls have put in a lot of effort in practice the last few days and I think that showed on the court tonight," Skunberg said. "We came out with energy and made our shots."

Rylyn Johnson and Drew Potratz led the Hi-Liners with 14 and 13 points respectively. The Hi-Liners ended the game with five treys and 16 fouls. The Jays' aggressive and physical style of play landed them 25 fouls.

"There are some things we need to clean up but we keep working and looking forward as a team," Skunberg said. "We have goals for this season and tonight was a great first step. We just need to keep focusing on our strengths as a team and playing for a full game."

Jamestown 95, Valley City 58

VC 26 32 — 58


JHS 49 46 — 95

VC — Rylyn Johnson 14, Drew Potratz 13, Brooke Eggermont 8, Faith Peterson 4, Greta Goven 4, Sam Hatcher 4, Kinley Sufficool 3, Hadley Thoreson 3, Carly Goven 3, Dacota Potratz 2. Totals: 19 FG, 15-27 FT, 16 fouls. 3-pointers: D. Potratz 4, Tesa Olson 1.

JHS — Ella Falk 24, Rylee Joseph 17, Teagan Bosche 12, Haylie Hakanson 10, Katie Falk 10, Leah Trumbauer 5, Breanna Oettle 5, H. Attleson 4, M. Ulland 3, Peyton Waliser 3, Jada Walter 2. Totals: 36 FG, 10-17 FT, 25 fouls. 3-pointers: Rylee Joseph 5, Bosche 3, Oettle 1, Ulland 1, Waliser 1, Hakanson 1, E. Falk 1.

Blue Jay boys complete sweep of Hi-Liners

Minutes after Skunberg's crew got their first win of the year the Blue Jay boys team went to work and wound up with a very similar result.

The Jays topped the Hi-Liners 83-55 to improve to 2-1 overall. Head coach Jacoby Lloyd and his crew will travel to Minot on Thursday to take on the Magicians. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Final stats were not available when the Jamestown Sun went to press.

Jamestown 83, Valley City 55

VC 30 25 — 55


JHS 42 41 — 83

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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