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Mandan has a rich history with the Miss Basketball award.

Megan Zander added a new layer on Saturday.

Zander was voted the 2019 Miss Basketball award winner, edging out Century's Lilly Keplin by a razor-thin margin.

Zander becomes the seventh Miss Basketball award winner from Mandan, joining Alli Collins (2009), Jessica Kielpinski (2007), Rebecca Kielpinski (2005), Kari Hanson (2000), Mary Perrizo (1998) and Jaye Amundson (1996). No other school has produced more than three winners.

Zander received 77 points and 10 first-place votes. Keplin received nine first-place votes and 73 points in voting by the North Dakota Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Maggie Manson of West Fargo Sheyenne (21) was the other finalist. Zander, Keplin and Manson have all committed to play basketball at the University of North Dakota.

"I'm really thankful to be considered for the award," Zander said. "Lilly and Maggie are great players. To be mentioned with them means a lot."

Zander, a two-time all-state selection, has been a varsity player for the Braves since her eighth-grade year. As a senior, she averaged 19 points, 11.3 rebounds and three assists, helping Mandan to a consolation championship at the state tournament and a record of 23-4. Zander was also named the West Region's Senior Athlete of the Year.

"I tried to put in a lot of extra work to become a better player," she said. "I'm really thankful for all the help I got from my traveling coach (Jason Harris), my uncle (Doug Zander), my brother (Jordan Zander), my high school coaches and my teammates. It wouldn't have been possible without them."

Also an all-state standout in volleyball, Zander plans to play in the Lions All-Star basketball series this summer with her high school teammate Kennedy Harris.

"It's kind of hard to believe I've played my last game," she said. "It's been so much fun. I'm definitely going to miss it."

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Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at 701-250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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