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Jamestown girls finish Stover tournament with close win

Jamestown girls finish Stover tournament with close win

January 9th, 2019 by Kevin Labotka in Sports Prep

<p>Democrat photo/ Kevin Labotka</p><p>The Jamestown girls basketball team won the seventh place game Jan. 4 versus Versailles, 44-42, at the Stover Tournament.</p>

STOVER, Mo. — The Jamestown Eagles girls basketball team (4-8) defeated the Versailles Tigers (0-13) 44-42 Jan. 4 in the seventh place game at the Stover Girls Basketball Tournament.

The Eagles lost their first round game Dec. 29 to Holden, 54-34, and lost their second round game Jan. 2. to Tuscumbia, 57-48.

Jamestown led 15-8 after the first quarter and led 19-12 early in the second quarter. But the Eagles offense struggled in the second quarter, as they were outscored 18-7 and trailed 26-22 at half time, after Versailles went on a 14-3 run.

In the third quarter, it was a offensive struggle for both teams. The Eagles were able to hold the Tigers to just two points in the quarter, until there was just over two minutes left to play. Jamestown was able to tie the game at 28-28 with just under five minutes to go. But they were not able to take the lead, as the quarter ended with the game tied at 34.

The game stayed tight in the fourth quarter, as both teams were able to get out of their scoring droughts and traded baskets throughout the final minutes of the game.

Jamestown led 40-38 with 5:30 left to play and the Tigers were able to tie the game at 40-40 with 3:30 left.

The game came down to the final minute, when McKenzie Hargis stole the ball and scored on a layup, giving the Eagles a 44-42 lead, with just around 20 seconds left to play. Versailles missed a shot to tie the game with around seven seconds left; then, the Tigers got the ball back with just over a second left. But Jamestown's Blake Scholl stole the ball off an inbound pass to seal the win for Jamestown.