DAC Tournament semifinals update

The Jamestown College women’s basketball team got off to a slow start in the DAC postseason tournament semifinals on Wednesday night in Spearfish, S.D.

10th-ranked Black Hills State opened the game on a 10-3 run to grab a quick lead over the 20th-ranked Jimmies.

But JC recovered. A 15-4 run gave the Jimmies an 18-14 lead, and at halftime it’s Jamestown College holding a 30-26 advantage.

In the other semifinal game, Valley City State held a 39-24 lead over DAC regular-season champion Dickinson State at the Scott Gym.

If Valley City State upsets the Blue Hawks, that would mean that the JC/Black Hills winner would host the DAC championship game on Sunday.

FINAL: BH 55, JC 48

The Yellow Jackets trailed by six early in the second half, but held the Jimmies to just 18 second-half points to advance to the title game.

A 6-0 run by JC gave them a 44-43 lead with 5:43 remaining. But Keely Krolikowski hit two three-pointers and Piggy Pili added another in a game-turning 10-2 run that gave Black Hills a 53-46 lead with under three minutes left.

JC held Black Hills star Brittany Fuhrman scoreless and limited Katelynn Lamb to eight.

Mara Paulson led JC with 13 and Pili led Black Hills with 12.

Black Hills will travel to Dickinson on Sunday for the title game. The Blue Hawks rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Valley City State 67-64 in the other semifinal.

The only upset of the night came in the men’s semifinals, where No. 3 seed Minot State upended No. 2 Dickinson State 84-73 in OT. No. 1 Black Hills State beat No. 4 South Dakota Mines 77-67, so the Yellow Jackets will host the Beavers in Sunday’s title game.

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