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Dickinson starts strong, fizzles late as Jamestown seizes victory

Feb. 23—DICKINSON — Dickinson High's final game mirrored their season as they began strongly before experiencing a disappointing conclusion. They concluded their regular season on Tuesday evening with a narrow 54-51 loss to Jamestown at home. Despite holding a 9-point lead at halftime, the Midgets yielded to the Blue Jays' success from 3-point range in the second half, allowing them to seize a definitive late lead.

Senior Braelynn Farnsworth initiated the scoring by nailing a three-pointer, following it up with another from the corner to propel Dickinson High to a 6-5 lead. Farnsworth showcased her dominance on the court, spearheading the Midgets with a total of 16 points. The seasoned point guard exhibited equal prowess both from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line, knocking down four 3-pointers and going 4-for-5 in free throws. Additionally, she demonstrated astute court awareness by distributing the ball effectively, tallying 3 assists.

Jenna Nelson contributed four assists throughout the game, one of which was to Abbey Dutke for a two-point basket, propelling Dickinson High to a 14-13 lead with 7:35 remaining in the first half. Dutke further showcased her offensive skills with a putback and a subsequent 3-point shot, extending the lead to 19-14. In the first half alone, Dutke successfully sank two 3-pointers.

After Dickinson surged to a 23-15 lead, a timeout was called by the Blue Jays. Sadie Stevenson secured the final two points of the first half, widening the gap to 29-20 at halftime. Despite Jamestown having possession of the ball as the halftime buzzer sounded, Dickinson's defense kept them under pressure, preventing them from finding an open shot.

The second half unfolded with a contrasting narrative as the Blue Jays mounted a 34-22 point rally. The Midgets encountered challenges in defending the perimeter, enabling their opponents to register 7 3-pointers.

Despite the setback, Dickinson High persevered in their efforts to secure the victory. Lauren Selle managed to reclaim their lead with a three-pointer, only for Jamestown's top scorer, Adisyn Yunck, to swiftly counter and reclaim a 47-46 lead.

The regular season came to a close with the final buzzer, leaving the Midgets with a 2-9 record in the region and a 6-12 record overall as they now shift their focus to the postseason. They are set to face off against the No.2 seeded Bismarck High in the quarterfinals of the West Region Tournament, entering as the No. 7 seeded team. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 29, to be held at the Bismarck Civic Center.