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Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published March 13 2014

Deacons rally for ND Class A state girls basketball victory

MINOT, N.D. – A halftime deficit wasn’t cause for concern in Sarah Jacobson’s mind.

The sophomore point guard led the charge during a 14-0 second-half run as the Deacons rallied for a 62-50 win over Jamestown in a North Dakota Class A state girls basketball quarterfinal Thursday at Minot Municipal Auditorium.

“I knew if we kept getting after it and kept playing hard defense, our (shots) would start falling,” said Jacobson, who poured in 24 points including a 10 of 11 performance from the free-throw line. “Jamestown played a great first half. Credit to them. They were on fire.”

Shanley meets Bismarck Century or Fargo Davies in a semifinal, set for 3 p.m. today at the Minot State Dome. The Deacons are looking for a defensive effort similar to the second half against Jamestown, as they gave up only 16 points.

“Defense sparked us,” Shanley coach Tim Jacobson said. “We didn’t give them the 3s that they got in the first half.”

Jamestown led 34-27 at halftime, only after Sarah Jacobson drilled a step-back 3-pointer to cut it to single digits right before the buzzer sounded.

A baseline jumper from Shanley’s Alivia Fraase followed by six straight points by Sarah Jacobson put the Deacons up 40-39, a lead they didn’t relinquish.

“Jamestown was shooting the lights out in the first half,” Tim Jacobson said. “They were very well-prepared.”

Jamestown shot 62 percent (13 of 21) in the opening half, but made just 7 of 29 for 24 percent in the second half.

“Shooting 62 percent in the first half, we knew that wouldn’t stick around,” said Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg, whose team plays in loser-out play at 6 p.m. today. “The law of averages kicked in, and it kicked in really hard for us.”

Erin Mullowney’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining served as the Blue Jays’ only points in the final 4 minutes, 49 seconds. Paige Peterson led Jamestown with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“Andy did a great job of preparation for us,” Tim Jacobson said. “I thought Peterson did a very good job inside, but we rebounded better and held them to one shot for most of the second half.”

J: Peterson 8 0-2 16, Mc. Orr 4 1-2 11, Mullowney 3 2-2 8, Me. Orr 2 2-2 7, Reiten 2 0-0 6, Eamon 1 0-0 2.

FS: Jacobson 6 10-11 24, Day 4 2-5 10, Rotunda 4 1-2 9, Fraase 4 0-0 8, Erie 2 0-0 5, Bucholz 2 0-0 4, Dietz 0 1-2 1, Weber 0 1-2 1.

Halftime score: Jamestown 34, Shanley 27. 3-pointers: J 7-23 (Reiten 2, McKayla Orr 2, Mullowney 2, Meghan Orr), FS 3-17 (Jacobson 2, Erie). Rebounds: J 31 (Peterson 10), FS 32 (Day 10). Assists: J 15 (McKayla Orr 4), FS 12 (Jacobson 5). Fouls: J 16, FS 13. Fouled out: J, Eamon, McKayla Orr. Turnovers: J 23, FS 15.

Aarhus writes for The Jamestown (N.D.) Sun