VCHS boys vs. Jamestown
Last season, the Valley City High School boys basketball team couldn’t get a win over a Class A opponent.
But the Hi-Liners broke the streak in style with an 81-51 win over Jamestown at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.
The Hi-Liners used a solid defensive effort to go up 36-16 at halftime and never let up from there, getting the lead as high as 78-41 with about five minutes left to play.
Neither team was quick to start the game, with Valley City leading 7-5 after Jamestown’s Scott Nelson hit a 3-point with 13 minutes left in the first half. After that, the Bluejays went nine minutes without a point.
In those nine minutes, the Hi-Liners got rebounds and found their shooting stride.
There was a rebound and layup from Jared Lentz. Then a two and a 3-pointer from Mason Denholm. After a few buckets from Chase Carpenter and Kyle Knutson, the Hi-Liners were up 28-5 with 4:09 left in the half.
It ended up being a 21-0 run for VCHS.
"We got out to a good start and anytime you can go on a run like that, it will give you some confidence offensively and defensively, and we did well tonight," VCHS coach Scott Hurlimann said.
After that, the Hi-Liners continued scoring, getting more points from Carpenter to finish the half with a 20-point lead.
The Hi-Liners finished the half without a free throw, but hit 16 shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers, each from a different player.
The halftime deficit was one that Jamestown never got close to making up.
After a slow start to the second half, the Hi-Liners continued their scoring, getting lots of points from a variety of sources to increase the lead to over 30 points, including a 78-41 lead with about five minutes left.
Chase Carpenter led Valley City with 26 points, which included 10 two pointers and a 6-7 performance at the free-throw line. Mason Denholm had 22 points and Jared Lentz had 13, including three 3-pointers.
Jamestown had 13 players score. Lucas Keller led the Bluejays with 10 points and Ashton Johnson had seven.