JAMESTOWN — When the Valley City State University womens basketball team hosted Jamestown College last week, the 17-point loss wasn’t what the Vikings had in mind.
Wednesday at the Jamestown Civic Center, the Vikings had a result more their style, getting strong post play offensively, while limiting the Jimmies’ inside scoring to upset the No. 13 Jimmies 54-48 on their home court.
“It was a good game,” Valley City coach Jill DeVries said. “Neither team played particularly well, I would say, but that’s okay. We got to come away with the win.”
True to the rivalry, the game had its ups and downs for the Vikings, but ultimately worked out in their favor.
A large part of it lied in the post play on both ends of the court.
Defensively, VCSU effectively mixed things up from the week before. Instead of allowing All-American Bridget Schuneman to find her spot in the post early, which also opened up Jamestown’s shooters in the first game, VCSU kept the post players from getting in a similar groove.
“We switched a little bit defensively,” DeVries said. “We fronted them and made it a little tougher of a pass (inside), it wasn’t such an easy entry pass and it just made it tougher on them.”
It kept the normally potent Jamestown offense from having a double digit scorer, with Amber Ramlo topping out at nine points.
Offensively, the Vikings weren’t perfect either and struggled out of the gate.
VCSU scored the first points of the game, but Jamestown followed it with an 18-4 that put the Vikings down 12 points seven minutes into the half.
The Vikings recovered, getting a three-point play from Sierra Even, who was fouled on a layup and hit the extra free throw to make it 18-9. A layup by Courtney Dixon made it 18-11. Eventually, Katie Ralston hit a shot to narrow the Jamestown lead to 23-20, and later tied it 24-24 on a layup by Alyssa Hummel.
Jamestown got the lead back on play from Kayla Roemmich and Ramlo to go up 31-26 at halftime.
Once the second half got started, VCSU took the lead back early and spent the rest of the half defending it.
The turning point was the first 3:10 of the second, in which Hummel hit three straight shots off moves in the post to take a 32-31 lead. Dixon then added a layup to make it 34-31.
Later in the half, Jamestown took the lead back on a jumper from Jordan Bridges to make it 41-40, but Hummel was fouled in the post and hit two free throws to take the lead back.
Jamestown got their final lead of the game when Shuneman hit a layup to make it 43-2, but a quick run by Brittany Lehner and Sierra Even gave VCSU a 46-43 lead.
The Jimmies tied it a final time when Carly Jensen hit a 3-pointer to make it 48-48 with 1:49 left. Hummel hit two free throws to make it 50-48.
Though Jamestown had chances to tie it, Valley City had defensive rebounds from Sadiqah Jihad and Courtney Titus, and a steal by Stephanie Pedersen. Titus ended the game with four straight free throws to ice it.
Hummel led the Vikings with 16 points and also had one block and six rebounds.
“I think it was a big confidence boost for her because, in her mind, she feels like she’s been struggling, but when you look at it statistically, she’s been shooting well the last five games,” DeVries said about Hummel. “Sometimes you need a game to break out there a bit too, so I was very happy for her. She did a great job defensively, as well as offensively.”
Lehner also put up double figures for the Vikings, getting 12 points, and Dixon, a freshman, had eight. The three helped make up for a 1-10 performance from 3-point territory. Courtney Titus and Ashli Lee led VCSU with nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
Jamestown was led by Ramlo with nine points and eight rebounds. It was the Jimmies’ lowest scoring game this season, including an exhibition loss at the University of North Dakota where the Jimmies were limited to 49 points.