The No. 24-ranked Jamestown College women need one more win to clinch home-court advantage in the opening round of the Dakota Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
It won’t be easy.
The Jimmies host No. 5-ranked Black Hills State on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets are tied with Dickinson State for first place in the DAC and are playing for a conference title.
On Thursday, the Jimmies take on South Dakota Mines. If Mines can upset Valley City State on Wednesday and JC loses to Black Hills, the Hardrockers could earn a first-round home game by beating Jamestown College.
"You want to be at home for playoff games," JC coach Mark Wiest said. "Obviously, the best scenario is being at home thorughout the playoffs, but that hasn’t happened for us. But you get in that top four and you secure at least one game. An then as the tournament goes on, a number of things can happen … you position yourself for maybe another home game at some point."
The Jimmies will likely face either South Dakota Mines or Minot State in the DAC quarterfinals. They can still finish as high as the No. 3 seed or fall to the No. 5 seed.
"We really don’t care who we play at this point in time when it comes to the playoffs," Wiest said. "But we’d like to be at home at least for the first game. And we want to go in with some momentum on our side. We’ve won three of four and if we can get Black Hills and Tech, you go into the playoffs with a little more confidence, you feel a little better about yourself. Those are all really big keys when you get to this point in the season."