Surprised? Not according to Shiloh Christian standout Amber Stevahn.
The Class B girls might have been underdogs on paper going into the Lions All-Star basketball series this week. But when the final horn blew on Tuesday, the Class B girls were clearly the top dogs.
After overcoming double-digit deficits in both halves in Bismarck on Monday night to win 72-70, the Class B girls finished off the sweep in Fargo on Tuesday, 78-73. The last time Class B swept the series was in 2015.
Class A won both games in 2016 and 2017, something that was fresh in the minds of Stevahn and her teammates.
"We were really happy and proud to represent Class B well and get the sweep," Stevahn said. "We wanted to show Class B is still just as good as Class A."
They were confident going into the games.
"We definitely thought it was possible to pull it off if we played hard and played as a team," Stevahn said. "Class A has a lot of great players, so we knew we'd have to play really well.
"I think our defense is what really helped us win the games, and putting pressure on the ball and making them frustrated on offense."
Time spent together before the games were played proved beneficial.
"It helped a lot getting to know each other throughout the week with our team chemistry," she said. "I thought we shared the ball pretty well and that helped us get open shots."
As she did throughout her career for the Skyhawks, Stevahn played a key role on both ends of the floor. She had four points and three steals in Monday's game. She added five points in Tuesday's victory.
Stevahn amassed 1,105 points at Shiloh, earning all-state honors as a senior, averaging 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game. She also excelled in cross country and track and field, earning all-state honors three times in cross country, and less than two months ago she cleared 5 feet, 3 inches to win the Class B state title in the high jump.
The versatile 5-foot-10 Stevahn will continue her basketball career this fall at Bismarck State College and has gotten an early jump on playing with several of her future teammates. The Class B Lions roster featured three other future Mystics -- Sydney Anderson and Trae Murray of Killdeer and Caitlyn Tveter from New Town. Courtney Olson of Mandan, who played for the Class A all-stars, also is joining coach Marv Pederson's squad this coming season.
"We have open gym on Sundays," Stevahn said. "There's a lot of incoming talent and we're getting to know each other and getting along very well.
"It's definitely exciting to think about what's coming up for us this season."