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JAMESTOWN â€” Valley City High School girls basketball coach Jim McDaniel had a hard time pin pointing exactly what was off with his team in Thursday's 62-46 loss to Jamestown.
Unlike the boys, who simply couldn't make shots, the girls struggled to overcome a concoction of turnovers, missed shots and early offensive success from their opponents.
"We were just kind of out of our game, out of synch right from the start," McDaniel said. "We just couldn't get anything going at all."
Right from the start the Bluejays were able to find points from the trio of Kyra Dewald, Julie Fuchs and Kayla Thoele, who all finished in double digits in scoring. Becca Horgan also had nine points.
The four got Jamestown a 21-7 lead in the first nine minutes of the game using a rotating offense that frequently drew Valley City's defensive zone towards the ball carrier and freed up at least one open shot.
On the other side of the court, the Hi-Liners struggled to force the ball in the post, which resulted in numerous turnovers, but struggled shooting from outside the paint.
The Hi-Liners eventually finished the game with 21 turnovers compared to 11 from the Bluejays.
By halftime, Jamestown led 37-19 and shooting percentages told a lot of the story.
Jamestown finished the half 14-31 from the floor, or 45 percent. Valley City went 8-28, or 28 percent.
In the second half, Jamestown struggled more with shooting and the Hi-Liners found an offensive rhythm, but weren't able to narrow the lead significantly.
Part of the success in the half came from Tori Enstad, who had two 3-pointers in less than a minute to keep the Hi-Liners within 20.
Dierra Deigel, who had three points in the first half, also found herself with playmaking opportunities and finished the game with eight points.
"Hopefully that helps turn things around for her game," McDaniel said. "She gets some time in JV and hopefully that gives her some confidence."
The Hi-Liners were led in scoring by Allyson Suhr, who had 12 points. Diegel and Mariah Olstad both had eight.
Fuchs led Jamestown with 13 points, Dewald had 11, and Thoele had 10.