Bismarck Century wins NDHSAA Class A girls basketball state title
March 9, 2019 8:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
BISMARCK – The Bismarck Century girls basketball team completed an undefeated season and won its second straight North Dakota High School Activities Activities Association Class A state championship on Saturday, March 9.
The No. 1-ranked Patriots defeated No. 3-ranked Devils Lake 69-61 in the championship game at the Bismarck Event Center.
Leading the way for Century was 6-foot-5 junior forward Lauren Ware who scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to earn tournament most valuable player honors.
Century senior and ND Miss Basketball finalist Lilly Keplin added 20 points for the Patriots. Century has now won six NDHSAA Class A girls basketball state championships (2019, 2018, 2013, 2012, 2010, 1990).
Devils Lake played the Patriots tough using its speed and tenacious defense. Century held a 35-32 at halftime.
The Firebirds, playing in their first title game since 2007, took a 53-52 lead with seven minutes, 42 seconds remaining, but the Patriots answered with a 10-2 run and begin to pull away in the closing minutes.
Devils Lake had four players end the game in double figures. Leading the cause was junior guard Jes Mertens with 16 points. Sophomore Ramsey Brown added 12 points. Seniors Mattea Vetsch and Taylor Windjue each finished with 11 points.
Century ends its season 27-0. Devils Lake finished with a 25-2 record.
CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT AWARDS
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM (Selected by Media covering the tournament)
*Lilly Keplin, Bismarck Century
*Lauren Ware, Bismarck Century
*Megan Zander, Mandan
*Maggie Manson, West Fargo Sheyenne
Mattea Vetsch, Devils Lake
Taylor Windjue, Devils Lake
Ramsey Brown, Devils Lake
Kennedy Harris, Mandan
Chloe Markovic, Bismarck Century
Arianna Berryhill, Bismarck Legacy
* - Unanimous Selection
Lauren Ware, Bismarck Century
NDHSCA CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Megan Zander, Mandan
NDHSCA CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
Justin Klein, Devils Lake