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Airballing a 3-point attempt isn't nearly as embarrassing after already having sent three through the twine. Carrington High School's Kiera Eli can relate following her first-half performance Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Jamestown Civic Center. The junior forward went a perfect 3-for-3 from outside the arc in the first quarter against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan in the championship game of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament. But her fourth attempt in the second quarter? Let Eli explain.
A few key shots didn't fall for University of Jamestown men's basketball Saturday, Dec. 8, in Sioux City, Iowa. As a result, second-ranked Morningside College stayed unbeaten with an 87-79 victory over the Jimmies. Jamestown, one of the better 3-point shooting teams in NAIA Division II hoops, converted just 10 of 34 from beyond the arc, which included an 0 of 8 performance from senior sharpshooter Kevin Oberweiser. Oberweiser entered the contest leading the Jimmies in scoring (20.2 ppg) and averaging close to 50 percent (.495) in 3-point makes.
University of Jamestown women's basketball found a rhythm offensively in the fourth quarter Saturday, Dec. 8, in Sioux City, Iowa. But it was too little, too late facing eighth-ranked Morningside College. A pair of 3-pointers by the Jimmies' Paige Schmidt, and a third converted by Emma Stoehr, helped slash an 18-point Mustangs' lead at the end of three periods to a final score of 69-60 in favor of the Mustangs. The 20th-ranked Jimmies got to as close as eight points in the final minute.
Carrington's Kadyn Mehring won't mind sharing the lane with underclassmen Hannah Hagel and Sydnie Grager this season, especially if the two continue to produce like they did Friday, Dec. 7, at the Jamestown Civic Center. Hagel, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, scored Carrington's first six points, and Grager, a 5-11 freshman center, followed suit in the second quarter with eight points off the bench, helping Carrington run away with a 73-46 victory over Ellendale in the semifinals of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament.
Danielle Eissinger watched a ton of Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls basketball last season. In fact, the 5-foot-5 guard watched just about every game courtside as the Thunder won 24 contests and claimed third place at the Class B state tournament in Minot last March. "I didn't play a lot on varsity, but on the bench—when I could sit—I was just really trying to be encouraging to my teammates," Eissinger said. What a difference a year makes.
Carrington didn't appear like a team down three players to injury Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center. McKenzie Johnson was on fire for the Cardinals to open the annual Stutsman County girls basketball tournament. The senior blistered the net four times from 3-point range in the third quarter in a 64-28 Carrington quarterfinal victory over Warwick.
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Megan Moser was again a model of efficiency Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center. The do-it-all junior for head coach Brett Thielges converted 6 of 9 from the field, including three triples, and scored 17 points in the opening round of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament against Midkota. The effort supported University of Jamestown women's basketball recruit Amanda Allen's double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, and ultimately resulted in a 53-23 Thunder victory over the Mustangs.
Ellendale's Sydnie Hustoft is making a splash to start the Class B girls basketball season. Playing in just her second meaningful varsity game for the Cardinals on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center, the senior banked home a 3-pointer from the left wing in the final 10 seconds of regulation to send Ellendale and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter into overtime during the quarterfinals of the Stutsman County tournament. Ellendale held on to defeat the Imperials 51-49 in OT, and the team will play Carrington in Friday's semifinals at 6 p.m.
University of Jamestown's Isaiah Dobson had possibly been forgotten about within the Jimmies' high-flying offense this season. But the junior point guard put himself squarely in the scouting report Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Harold Newman Arena. Dobson buried five 3-pointers and scored 21 points in a 113-94 Jimmie victory over visiting Northwestern College (Iowa). Jamestown will be taking it's four-game winning streak to Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday to face second-ranked Morningside College.
University of Jamestown senior forward Marina Nowak watched her fourth consecutive Jimmie women's basketball game in street clothes on Wednesday, Dec. 5. A difficult situation to be in for a player who's grown accustomed to making a difference in uniform. The 20th-ranked Jimmies lost a fifth straight contest in falling to visiting fifth-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) in nail-biting, 73-71, fashion at Harold Newman Arena. Jamestown fell to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.