Posted On: 08/30/19 10:45 AM
Bismarck Century was far and away the best team in the state a year ago, going undefeated and winning more games by 30-plus points than single digits. The dominant duo of Lily Keplin and Lauren Ware plus a terrific defensive cast and solid balance made for an absolute nightmare for the opposition. Keplin is gone but don’t expect the Patriots to drop much next winter.
GO-TO SCORER: Lauren Ware
A high-end Division I prospect, Ware is the best player in the state. Her impact goes beyond the box score as her presence on both ends of the floor is unmatched by any one player. Ware averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds in an efficient way despite being at the top of every opposing gameplan. Her length and athleticism allow her to get to spots on the floor where she can do damage and she’s skilled and capable of scoring from all three levels on the floor.
BREAKOUT CANDIDATE: Julia Fitterer
Fitterer was the Patriots’ third-leading scorer last year as a sophomore, averaging nine points per game while connecting on 34 percent of her 3-pointers. She’ll have a big opportunity to slide into a second scorer role next year and with