Ashley Hulm had all the answers in Legacy’s first postseason test of the season.
Hulm, a junior, poured in 26 points as the Sabers stopped Jamestown 66-57 in the 4 vs. 5 game of the West Region tournament on Thursday at the Bismarck Event Center.
Century, St. Mary’s and Mandan also won as chalk held on Day 1.
Hulm’s 26 points were the largest output of the day, including a pair of perfectly swished 3-pointers, matching her total for the first 21 games of the season combined.
“I was wide open, so I shot it,” Hulm said of her 3-point prowess. “I was feeling it, I guess.”
Hulm made 11 of 17 shots as the Sabers trailed just once in the contest.
“Ashley has a nice outside touch … and she scored the ball inside for us too,” Legacy coach Jim Petrik said. “She played really well. We needed that tonight.”
The Sabers’ full-court pressure gave the Blue Jays fits, especially in the first half. Jamestown committed 19 turnovers in all.
“Give (Jim) credit. He made some adjustments with his trap and we struggled with it,” Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg said. “We got a little out of control and it kinda killed us. We dug ourselves a hole and couldn’t climb out of it.”
Hulm was an equal opportunity scorer. She had 15 points in the opening half and 11 more over the final 18 minutes.
“We’re playing loose and with more energy and I think we’ve improved a lot,” said Hulm.
Legacy and Jamestown had split its two regular-season meetings. Whitney Thomas also turned in a banner game. The Sabers’ star senior flirted with a triple-double, amassing 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
“Come tournament time you want to have a team that is confident and just goes out and plays,” Petrik said. “Slowly throughout the year we’ve made pretty good progress. We feel good about how we played today against a quality team, but we still have work to do.”
The Sabers face Century in the first semifinal game on Friday at 2 p.m.
Courtney Peterson led the Blue Jays with 14 points and seven rebounds. Kameron Selvig added 13 points and five boards for the Blue Jays, who face Dickinson in a loser-out game on Friday at 4:30.
CENTURY 67, DICKINSON 24
Century’s defense created plenty of offense, rendering a cold-shooting outing moot.
The top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Patriots allowed 10 points in the first half and 14 in the second en route to a 67-24 win over Dickinson.
The Patriots (21-1) made just 1 of 22 3-pointers but forced the Midgets into 27 turnovers.
“The defensive effort was really good. That’s where we created some of our transition opportunities,” Century coach Ron Metz said. “I really like how we got the ball moving. When we didn’t have something in transition we were able to move the ball well enough to get a pretty good shot in the half court.”
Lauren Ware turned in another stellar performance. In just 20 minutes, the Patriots’ sophomore standout piled up 25 points, on 12 of 14 shooting, with 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 2 assists and 2 steals. Lilly Keplin added 12 points and led the way in rebounding (9) and assists (5).
The Patriots were itching to get back on the court after suffering their first loss of the campaign on Feb. 20 against St. Mary’s.
“It’s been a long time since Tuesday,” Metz said. “They’ve been chomping at the bit and were ready to go today.”
ST. MARY’S 64, MINOT 47
St. Mary’s loss to Minot, in overtime on Feb. 13, was the stunner of the season in Class A girls basketball.
No such upset it was in the offing on Thursday, however.
The No. 2-ranked Saints won for the 18th time in 22 games, comfortably dismissing Minot, 64-47.
“We just wanted revenge, and to come out with the win,” said junior Taylor Gerving, who topped the Saints with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. “We were focused and ready to get after it today.”
The Saints sprinted out to a 9-0 lead, but Minot made an early surge. The Majettes took a 14-13 advantage before the Saints closed the opening half on an 18-7 run.
St. Mary’s last outing was handing No. 1-ranked Century its only loss to date.
“That gave us a lot of confidence because Century is a great team,” Gerving said.
Eights Saints scored against Minot and three were in double figures. Tonya Dvorak stuffed the stat sheet, as usual, with 13 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
Sydney Smith also was in double figures for the Saints with 12 points.
“We work together really well as a team and always know where the open girl is,” Gerving said.
Up next for the Saints is a semifinal showdown against fourth-ranked Mandan. They split their two regular-season meetings.
“It’s going to be a great one,” Gerving said. “We just have to come out hard like we always do.”
Allie Nelson led Minot in scoring (10) and rebounding (6).
MANDAN 68, BISMARCK 41
Mandan finished the regular season with three road victories.
Thursday’s West Region opener was closer to home, but the result was the same.
The Braves, ranked No. 4 in the final poll of the season, scored 38 first-half points in its 68-41win over Bismarck. Nine Mandan players scored and three were in double figures.
Megan Zander had another double-double for the Braves and sophomore Lakyn Darras was close as Mandan set up a top 5 semifinal showdown against St. Mary’s.
“It’s going to take a lot of heart. We have to be mentally into it the whole game and just bring great energy,” said Darras, who totaled 18 points and eight rebounds. “We know they’re a very good team. For us it starts on defense hands down. If we bring our defensive intensity we know our offense will follow.”
Zander hit her season averages with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Darras and Zander each buried a trio of 3-pointers for Braves.
“I’ve always really liked to shoot. When I was younger and smaller, I practiced a lot on my outside shot, but when I started growing I wanted to be able to go inside too,” said the 5-foot-11 Darras. “It’s great to play with so many amazing players. They’re always willing to share the ball and that’s makes it so much fun. We’re always looking to see who’s got the open shot and then you just have to make it.”
Kennedy Harris added 13 points and three assists. Courtney Olson posted 5 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Cadee Ryckman and Megan Henderson led the Demons with nine points each.