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West men dominate Vermilion, Lady Jays fall to Dordt JV

The Minnesota West Bluejays didn’t play like a 1-5 basketball team Friday night, routing Vermilion 99-68 at the Center for Health and Fitness in Worthington.

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Minnesota West Bluejays head coach Brian Stoebner takes a vantage of a Vermilion Community College time out to go over game stagey with the team during a Friday night game in Worthington. Tim Middagh / The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Bluejays didn’t play like a 1-5 basketball team Friday night, routing Vermilion 99-68 at the Center for Health and Fitness in Worthington.

The men, who will host another game Saturday afternoon (Dec. 4) at 3 p.m. against Mesabi (the Lady Jay women play Mesabi in the first game at 1 p.m.), controlled the Ironmen throughout, and the only disappointment (for the fans, at least) may have been that they didn’t quite score in triple figures.

Success wasn’t achieved, however, by the Lady Jays in their Friday contest, which resulted in an 83-40 loss against Dordt JV.

Bluejays 99, Vermilion 68

It was a complete team win for the Jays (2-5) against an Ironmen team that entered the contest with an 11-10 record. Freshman guard Tyvorus Lawton led the scoring parade with 21 points, and freshman forward Amos Alford added 19. Sam Paulson, a freshman forward from Mountain Lake, had 16 points and 12 rebounds. CJ Ligon and Bubba Sohn each scored 13 points.

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“We just wanted to execute, go out and play as a team,” said Paulson, whose strong hands and sharp passing was consistent throughout the game. “This is a game that we won, and it’s going to give us confidence going forward.”

Lawton had seven rebounds to go along with his 21 points. Alford scored 15 points in the first half as West moved out to a 53-26 lead at intermission. Point guard Bubba Sohn, a Harris-Lake Park High School product, was efficient throughout and was credited with three assists. Ligon had five assists.

Kalum Gaddis led Vermilion with 15 points.

Minnesota West, which held a 29-18 rebounding edge in the first half, finished with a total of 62 rebounds to Vermilion’s 44. The Bluejays hit on 51 percent of their field goals, including six of 22 from 3-point range.

Vermilion 26 68

Bluejays 53 99

VERMILION (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Bryant 0-0-3-3, Ducros 0-4-2-10, Eide 0-0-5-5, Bennett 2-1-1-9, Gaddis 2-4-1-15, Consonery 0-0-1-1, Truehill 0-3-0-6, Rogers 0-2-1-5, Vonta 0-5-0-10, Raine 0-2-0-4. Totals 4-21-14-68.

BLUEJAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Lawton 0-10-1-21, Ligon 1-4-2-13, Alford 3-4-2-19, Paulson 0-6-4-16, Boles 1-1-0-5, Ndumbe 0-3-2-8, Sohn 1-4-2-13, Kuol 0-1-0-2, Bennett 0-1-0-2. Totals 6-34-13-99.

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Dordt JV 83, Lady Jays 40

The Lady Jays never got into a rhythm offensively. And they weren’t able to get the Defenders out of theirs.

The West women converted just 21 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half and were 0-11 from the 3-point line. In the second half they fared little better, finishing with 24 percent shooting for the game while ending 1-for-18 at the arc.

“We just haven’t been able to shoot the ball very well all year,” said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “A game like this, you gotta leave it in the rear-view mirror. It was a contagious effort at bad shooting. … When that starts to happen you tend to lose confidence in your shot. We’ll do better tomorrow.”

West had only one player scoring in double figures: freshman guard Macie Werdel, with 12 points. Dordt JV (4-3) had Hills-Beaver Creek grad Taryn Rauk with 13 points, Bailey Sievers with 12, and Edgerton’s Ella Veldkamp with 10.

Dordt JV 19 43 58 83

Lady Jays 11 15 26 40

DORDT JV (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Sievers 2-1-4-12, Rauk 3-2-0-13, Droog 3-0-0-9, Hackbart 1-2-0-7, Measel 0-1-1-3, Veldkamp 2-2-0-10, Postma 0-2-2-6, K.Drost 0-3-2-8, Andringa 0-1-0-2, M.Drost 2-1-0-8, Gross 0-2-1-5. Totals 13-17-10-83.

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LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Lessman 0-1-1-3, Breske 0-1-1-3, Peterson 0-1-3-5, Post 0-1-0-2, Huisman 0-4-0-8, Zebe 0-1-0-2, Garcia 0-0-2-2, Werdel 1-3-3-12, Weeldreyer 0-1-1-3. Totals 1-13-11-40.

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