Joseph helps Blue Jays hit triple digits against Bravettes
The Jamestown High School girls basketball team hosed Turtle Mountain on Feb. 5
JAMESTOWN — When the injury bug bit two of the Jamestown High School girls basketball team's biggest threats on the inside, the Blue Jays had to come up with some answers.
Rylee Joseph has been the answer.
"She has kind of been the first one off the bench all year and she knows the game pretty well, knows the plays and is pretty smart about everything," JHS head coach Andy Skunberg said. "There's not too much of a dropoff with her getting the start."
In the two games Joseph has started since Annie Nabwe and Haylie Hakanson were sidelined with injuries, Joseph has come out as the Jays' top shooter, notching at least five shots from 3-point range.
Joseph's golden hand was integral to the Jays' most recent win over Turtle Mountain on Saturday. The junior shooter put five buckets in from outside, helping her team to a 106-73 win over the Bravettes.
"We came out and played hard and shot well," Skunberg said of the Jays' performance. "Our goal was to be aggressive and get to the foul line. We got there 28 times and we got some shots along the way — that's always a recipe for success."
The win puts the Jays at 8-5 in the WDA — good enough to hold the No. 5 spot. Jamestown has got a tough week on the schedule next week traveling to Bismark Century and Minot, the No. 1 and 2 teams in the West, Tuesday and Friday. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. start times.
"I knew that my role was to be a shooter," Joseph said. "I am not the best dribbler, I am not the biggest girl — I just knew that I would have to fill my role and figure out how my role would benefit my teammates' roles so we could all work together."
All roles — Joseph's and her teammates' — were filled on Saturday.
The hometown crew notched four points on back-to-back possessions to establish a 4-0 lead that soon turned into a 15-7 advantage for the Jays. Ella Falk, the game leading scorer with 26 points, laid in three from two-point range and drained a pair from outside.
A 14-11 Blue Jay run, fueled by a trio of 3s by Joseph, kept Jamestown ahead by nine. Turtle Mountain knocked down three consecutive shots from beyond the arc to keep the lead in the single digits.
In the last seven minutes of the first half, a combined 42 points were scored — 15 of which came from the Bravettes, who forced a few mistakes in the Jays' backcourt.
Jamestown capped off a late 6-0 scoring run with a pair of Katie Trumbauer free throws that put the Jays up 52-31. Joseph capped off the first-half scoring with her fourth 3-pointer of the day.
The Jays were up 56-33 at the halfway point.
Turtle Mountain began the second half with a 10-4 run to put them 17 points behind the game leaders. Mikayah Laducer led the Bravettes with 20 points. Jaxsyn Delorme was a second-half warrior, knocking down six from the paint. Delorme was 3-for-4 at the stripe en route to her 20 total points.
Katie Falk and Katie Trumbauer combined for 20 total second-half points.
Joseph was pretty quiet from the arc, notching just one more, but consistent scoring and good ball control down the stretch led the Jays to their second 100-plus point game of the season. The Jays defeated Dickinson 107-64 on Jan. 8.
Turtle Mountain defeated the Jays 66-62 on Dec. 10. Joseph said the Jays had a bit of a chip on their shoulder coming into the last game of the two-game series.
"I know we were super motivated from being ahead when we were in Turtle Mountain and especially after a game like Thursday (against Bismarck High) we knew what we could do against a really good team so we just put the pedal to the floor and kept going."
Jamestown 106, Turtle Mountain 73
TMCHS 33 40 — 73
JHS 56 50 — 106
TMCHS — Mikayah Laducer 20, Jaxsyn Delorme 18, Jerzey Parisien 10, Amaya Gourneau 10, Katie Delorme 7, Mason Ferris 6, Sydnee Bruce 2. Totals: 28 FG, 9-15 FT, 22 fouls. 3-pointers: Laducer 4, Ferris 2, Parisien 2.
JHS — Ella Falk 26, Katie Falk 20, Katie Trumbauer 17, Rylee Joseph 15, Teagan Bosche 12, Hunter Petersen 9, Karli Remmick 7. Totals: 37 FG, 22-28 FT, 15 fouls. 3-pointers: Joseph 5, E. Falk 3, Trumbauer 1, Bosche 1.