Mandan continues to pile up the points in the early stages of the season.

The high-scoring Braves, ranked fourth in Class A, hit their average Tuesday night in a 76-65 victory over Jamestown.

Mandan outscored the Blue Jays 17-6 over the final nine minutes of the game.

"We have a lot of weapons. We've been doing better lately moving the ball, being patient and taking better shots," Mandan coach Abby Thomas said. "We have a lot options offensively. We feel good about that and being able to get a win over a good team tonight."

Mandan finished off the sweep as the No. 4-ranked Braves defeated Jamestown 73-58 in the boys game.

Megan Zander and Courtney Olson combined for 39 points for the Braves, who built a 45-32 halftime lead

Jamestown made a game of it, however.

Courtney Peterson canned five of Jamestown's 10 3-pointers, the fifth of which tied the game at 59-all.

"Jamestown's good. We talked about that before practice yesterday," Thomas said. "They're a lot like us. They like to run and attack and they have shooters. We expected a tough game."

Peterson scored a game-high 22 points for Jamestown. Megan Gaffaney added 18 points and a pair of 3-pointers. Kameron Selvig also drained a pair of triples and finished with 11 points.

Mandan slowly pulled away late. Four straight points from Lakyn Darras in the paint and a jumper from Kennedy Harris pushed the lead back to 10 (69-59) with just under four minutes left.

The Braves were clean with the ball, turning it over just eight times. Jamestown had 22 turnovers, 14 coming in the first half.

Zander paced the Braves with 20 points. The 6-foot junior is averaging just a tick under 24 points per game. Olson was right behind with 19 points. Harris finished with 14, including a pair of treys. Darras added nine.

Through four games, three wins, the Braves are averaging 75.5 points per game.

"The girls are doing a good job. It's early and there's still a lot we have to work on," Thomas said. "We know these kids will keep working hard to improve, but I feel about where we're at so far."


The Braves unbeaten start to the season continued against Jamestown.

Mandan held the Blue Jays to 21 points in the first half en route to a 73-58 victory.

Elijah Klein topped four Braves in double figures with 15 points. Trey Wiest added 14, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Steckler brothers teamed for 25 points -- Cameron had 13 and Trae 11 -- as the Braves improved to 4-0.

Boden Skunberg scored a game-high 17 points for the Blue Jays. Mason Walters followed with 16.

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