Regardless of the sport, games between the Jimmies and Vikings are almost universally tight.
Wednesday night, at least for the women's game, it was not.
Jamestown College, ranked 14th in the latest NAIA top 25, led from start to finish in a dominating 81-64 victory over the 24th-ranked Vikings.
It was the 20th win of the season for Jamestown College, but few have been more impressive. Playing in the always-tuned up Bubble, the Jimmies led by a whopping 25 points at halftime (47-22) and never looked back. It's the fifth straight season the Jimmies have won 20 games.
The Vikings were more competitive in the second half, but the game was never in doubt.
"You hate it say it, but that first half was as close to perfect as we can get," coach Greg Ulland said. "We contested every shot, we rebounded extremely well and we made shots."
Ulland was slightly disappointed with the second half, where they allowed 42 points, but the positives heavily outweighed the negatives.
"We slipped a little in the second half. We didn't finish. We didn't play a full 40 minutes, but to get a road win over a quality team we'll certainly take it," Ulland said.
The Jimmies (20-4) shot a blistering 64 percent (16-25) in the first half, getting contributions from virtually the entire roster.
"Everybody was a threat. I thought we moved the ball pretty well. Hannah (Steele) did a really nice job distributing and getting us in the right spots," Ulland said. "That's what we want; everybody playing their role and looking to be aggressive."
Eleven Jimmies scored and eight had six points or more. Steele had a strong night with 17 points and a game-high six assists. Bridget Schuneman was also in double figures with 14.
Brittany Lehner led the Vikings (18-5) with 17 points. Alyssa Hummel added 14.
The two teams will meet again in six days in Jamestown, but first the Jimmies head to Madison, S.D., to face Dakota State on Saturday. The women's game will be at 4 pm CST.
Jamestown College 81, Valley City State 64
Jamestown College 47 34 — 81
Valley City State 22 42 — 64
Jamestown College — Amber Ramlo 2, Bridget Schuneman 14, Hannah Steele 17, Carly Jensen 8, Morgan Mathison 6, Kadie Savage 4, Maggie Seter 6, Chelsey Frydenlund 1, Jordan Bridges 8, Kayla Roemmich 8, Megan Pold 8. Totals: 23-50 FG, Three-pointers: 7-22 (Steele 2, Jensen 2, Mathison 2, Seter), 22-38 FT, 35 Rebounds (Ramlo 6), 20 Fouls, 16 Assists (Steele 6), 11 Turnovers, 4 Blocked shots (Bridges 2), 7 Steals (Roemmich 2, Steele 2).
Valley City State — Brittany Lehner 17, Alyssa Hummel 14, Katelyn Ralston 9, Courtney Titus 7, Sadiqah Jihad 4, Sierra Even 2, Ashli Lee 2, Stephanie Pedersen 1, Kelsey Hunter 6, Courtney Dixon 2. Totals: 21-56 FG, Three-pointers: 10-21 (Ralston 3, Titus 2, Even 2, Jihad, Ettl, Pedersen), 21-25 FT, 31 Rebounds (Titus 6), 24 Fouls (Titus 5, Jihad 5), 11 Assists (Jihad 3), 14 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Lee), 7 Steals (Jihad 3).
Preview article courtesy of Jamestown Sun Staff, 1/30/13
The Jamestown College basketball teams head to Valley City State today, starting with the women's game at 5:30 p.m.
The 15th-ranked JC women bring a 19-4 record into the contest against the 24th-ranked Vikings, who boast an 18-4 mark.
The Jimmie men (11-13) will follow the game against 22nd-ranked VCSU, which has a record of 17-5. However, one of those losses came to the Jimmies in the championship game of the Dakota Tip-Off Classic just more than a week ago. That score was 69-66 in favor of the Jimmies. The contest will mark the 10th game the Jimmies have played against a ranked opponent this season.
Following tonight's games, Jamestown College will head to Dakota State for a doubleheader on Saturday before coming back home for another clash with Valley City State, which is set for a week from today at the Civic Center.