Kenmare – The Stanley Blue Jays beat the Ray Jays 60-48 in the semi-finals of the District 16 Tournament.
The box score doesn’t tell the whole story of this one though. The Blue Jays had to work for this win over Ray, a rarity for the Blue Jays against District 16 opponents this season.
Stanley jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead and looked like the rout was on, but Ray quickly answered and closed the gap to 1 point at the end of the 1st quarter. The game would remain within a couple of points for much of the rest of the game.
Senior Maddie Meiers had a few key steals in the third quarter for the Blue Jays, the steals came at just the right moment for Stanley and thwarted the Ray Jays attack before it could bury the Blue Jays in a deep hole.
The Blue Jays were finally able to pull away halfway through the fourth quarter following a key steal and assist by Meiers. The Blue Jay senior was able to poke the ball away from a Ray player to sophomore Abby Iverson for a basket. The play shifted the momentum squarely in the Blue Jays favor.
Iverson lead a balanced offensive attack with a game high 22 points, senior Megan Mills added 14 points for Stanley as well.
“Ray’s aggressiveness gave us some issues early on, Matt Ray had a nice game plan,” said coach Kelly Roemmich. “We were able to settle in and make some shots down the stretch.”
Stanley will need to tighten things up a bit defensively if they are going to take home their fourth straight district crown. “We need to play a little bit better defense and make sure that we are boxing out,” said Maddie Meiers.
The Blue Jays will play Kenmare tomorrow at 7:30 in Kenmare. The Kenmare Honkers beat the Powers Lake Ranchers in the other semi-final game.
You can view the complete box score on the North Dakota Basketball Hub game page.
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