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Dickinson High split games in Jamestown

Jan. 23—JAMESTOWN — The Dickinson Midgets boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Jamestown last Friday to take on the Blue Jays, knowing it would be a heated night of competitive basketball. Both Dickinson teams were striving greatly for a win to erase their losing streak, but only one would be able to secure the victory.

While the boys picked up their first win in three games, defeating the Blue Jays by a large margin of 91-68, the girls would let a 15 point lead slip away and lose 70-62 in overtime.

The boys game started off intense with both sides securing shots from all over the court and having superb field goal percentage, but the Midgets defense in the second half would allow them to slip away with a comfortable lead. Dickinson held Jamestown to 27 points in the second half, applying pressure midcourt and forcing turnovers. They had 9 steals as a team, as well as 5 deflections.

Both Owen Bittner and Boston Cranston had quick hands, swiping two balls each from their opponents.

The Blue Jays were tactical from long way out and had two shooters with 20 points or more, but DHS points were spread out.

Cranston led the charge on offense, sinking four 3-pointers and going 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Dante Oyugi and Damon Glasser also collected double digit points, with 15 and 12 respectively. The rest of the points were contributed from the rest of the roster, all but one scoring at least one point.

The biggest difference between the two girls teams was Jamestown's ability to connect on shots from behind the 3-point line. The Blue Jays landed 15 shots from downtown, while the Midgets only completed one. Both teams had three players shoot double figures, but Jamestown had two players, Mea Ulland and Adisyn Yunick, score over 20 points in the game. All of Ulland shots came from 3-point territory, while Yunick showed versatility with three 3-pointers and going 14 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Sadie Stevenson carried a lot of the weight for the Midgets, securing a double-double with 28 points and 15 rebounds. She led both teams in both the statistics. Jenna Nelson also had the most assists in the game with 9.

Jazmin Barry and Lauren Selle secured 13 and 11 points respectively in the game for the Midgets. Barry was 5 for 7 at the charity line, while Selle was 100 percent, including a three-point play. Abbey Dutke, who is typically a score leader for the Midgets, was off in her shot, but that did not stop the senior from consistently boxing out, collecting 6 boards.

The girls' struggles have mostly been on the road, but they will have a solid chance to cut their losing streak this week, as they will be back at home. On Tuesday, they will be hosting the Williston Coyotes, who have zero conference wins in the season.