Blue Jays Roundup: Basketball goes 2-0 over St. Mary's

The Jamestown High School swimming and diving, girls basketball, boys basketball and girls hockey teams were in action on Jan. 16.

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Jamestown's Haylie Hakanson (20) charges through the Saint Mary's defense on her way to the basket Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Jerry Meyer Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — St. Mary's did a pretty good job of containing the Jamestown High School girls basketball team in game No. 1 of the season.

In game No. 10, the Saints weren't so lucky.

The Blue Jays topped St. Mary's handily 54-43 to improve to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the West Region. The Jays' win over St. Mary's extended the Jays' win streak to five games. Jamestown is slated to be off until Saturday when they are scheduled to host defending state champs, Minot at 3 p.m.

Head Blue Jay coach Andy Skunberg has stressed the importance of coming out aggressively repeatedly with his team and by the way the Jays performed on Tuesday, it was pretty clear they've been listening to their coach.

The Blue Jays roared out to a 16-5 lead over the Saints early in the opening part of the first half Tuesday evening at Jerry Meyer Arena. Jamestown entered the halftime break, up 29-18, and was bent on keeping their win streak alive.


St. Mary's matched Jamestown's 25 points scored in the second half and managed to score right up until the buzzer, landing its final shot with less than 20 seconds left on the clock but Jamestown remained in control and made good on their 11-point lead they had gained at halftime.

No final stats were provided when the Jamestown Sun went to press.

Jamestown 54, St. Mary's 43

SM 18 25 — 43

JHS 29 25 — 54

SM — Stats not provided.

JHS — Stats not provided.

One point gives Jays a win in Bismarck

One free throw shot was the difference between winning and forcing overtime Tuesday evening in Bismarck.


Thank goodness Payton Hochhalter is so calm under pressure.

With three seconds left on the clock, members of the Jamestown High School boys basketball team found themselves down 51-52 against St. Mary's. Hochhalter stepped to the line and let off a pair of foul shots that both swished through the hoop to turn the tables in the Jays' favor.

The Blue Jays topped St. Mary's 53-52. Jamestown has a 2-0 record against the Saints this season. Jamestown is set to travel to Minot on Thursday to take on the Magicians. First tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Magic City Campus.

Ryan Larson led the Jay for the Blue Jays in terms of scoring. The junior hit three 3-pointers en route to his 14 points while Dalton Lamp's totals read 10.

Still, there are always things the Jays can work on in practice.

"We struggled to score in the second half and had too many turnovers against their zone defense (but we found a way to win," JHS head basketball coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "Our defense was really good and rebounding took a step in the right direction. I am proud of the entire team's effort."

Jamestown 53, St. Mary's 52

SM — J. Goettle 15, C. Benning 12, B. Zenker 8, S. Fedorchak 6, M. Doppler 5, M. Selensky 4, J. Ross 2. Totals: 22 FG, 3-7 FT, 10 fouls. 3-pointers: Benning 2, Fedorchak 2, Doppler 1.


JHS — Ryan Larson 14, Dalton Lamp 10, Thomas Newman 7, Payton Hochhalter 6, Caydann Cox 6, Mason Lunzman 4, Noah Meissner 3, Jack Van Berkom 3. Totals: 21 FG, 4-7 FT, 9 fouls. 3-pointers: Larson 3, Lamp 2, Newman 1, Meissner 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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