Bismarck Century wins NDHSAA Class A girls basketball state title
March 10, 2018 8:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – Top-ranked Bismarck Century needed to rally in order to win its first girls basketball state championship since 2013.
Century defeated Mandan 55-51 in the 2018 North Dakota High School Activities Association Class A state championship game on Saturday, March 10 at the SCHEELS Center in Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
The Patriots trailed Mandan 30-23 at halftime. Mandan led 39-31 with just under 11 minutes to play and that is when Century began to make its move.
Century sophomore Lauren Ware fueled a second half rally scoring 16 of her game-high 24 points in the final 18 minutes of play. Ware also finished with 12 rebounds.
Ware ended a 18-3 Patriots run with a layup to give Century a 49-42 lead with 4:30 left to play.
The Braves would answer with a 8-0 run to regain the lead. Century would make 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to close out the game and win the championship.
Lilly Keplin added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Patriots.
Mandan junior forward Megan Zander poured in a team-high 22 points and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Junior guard Kennedy Harris added 10 points for Mandan.
Mandan and Century had met four times this season. Century (26-1) won all four meetings. Madan finishes the season 20-7.
The Century girls and Century boys basketball teams made history on Saturday becoming the first school to win state championships in the same combined Class A tournament, which began in 2003. The last school to have won both Class A state titles in boys and girls basketball during the same school year was Fargo North during the 2001-02 school year. North won the girls tournament in the fall of 2001 and then won the boys tournament in the winter of 2002.