Bismarck State College star Amber Stevahn is among the best scorers in the junior college basketball ranks.
But even by her lofty standards, Stevahn’s early display Monday night at the Armory was pretty special.
The sophomore from Bismarck, by way of Shiloh Christian, scored eight points in the first 75 seconds of the game; 17 in the opening 4:52; 19 in the opening quarter and 30 in the game as the Mystics rolled past Dakota College-Bottineau, 106-56.
It was the 11th time in her 1 1/2-year career for the Mystics Stevahn has scored 30 points or more, but the early onslaught Monday was pretty unique.
"Yeah, that was pretty unusual," said Stevahn, who has signed to play at Minot State next season. "We were doing a really good job on defense and my teammates were finding me when I was open. It was a good way for us to start the game."
The Mystics’ full-court, high-pressure style employed by coach Marv Pederson was way too much for the Lady Jacks to handle, who came into the game with a respective 8-9 mark.
BSC forced five turnovers in the opening 2 minutes, leading to six layups – four by Stevahn. In the opening quarter, spanning 10 minutes, the Mystics poured in 35 points and led by 20.
"That's how we want to play. Get into people, defend with a lot of energy and effort and try to use that to our advantage," said Pederson, who has his team off to a sparkling 15-3 start. "The girls did a good job tonight. We were coming off a tough one the other night against Miles, so to come out fast tonight, that was encouraging."
The Mystics followed their 35-point first quarter with 25 more in the second, allowing Pederson to sub liberally in the second half.
All 11 Mystics dressed scored. Emma Marion, a key cog off the bench for BSC, did not play due to a concussion.
Stevahn made 13 of her 19 shots. She also grabbed seven rebounds and hit her average for the season in steals (3). The Mystics forced 24 turnovers in all.
"A big thing for us is playing lockdown defense because that translates to offense," Stevahn said. "We know we can still improve in that area. We're working hard at it, just making sure we're all confident whether we're playing man or zone."
Stevahn had plenty of help Monday night.
Trae Murray poured in 22 points, making seven of her 14 shots. She also tied for the team-high in rebounds with eight.
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Sydney Andersen, headed to Minot State next season along with Stevahn, had her typically well-balanced game with 12 points, eight boards and a team-high seven assists. The Mystics had 27 assists in all.
"They play really unselfish basketball and that makes it fun for everybody," Pederson said. "Obviously, everybody kind of focuses on Amber, she's a great player, but she's very willing to pass and she knows she has very good players around her."
Courtney Olson contributed 12 points and four assists in the win as the Mystics leveled their record at 1-1 Mon-Dak Conference play. They travel to Williston to face the Tetons on Thursday.
"We've had a couple close losses, like against Miles on Thursday, but I think that will end up helping us in the long run," Stevahn said. "As a team we're very confident. We have high expectations for the season, but the thing we're focused on is to make sure we're getting better every day."
BSC 116, DCB 75
The Mystic men snapped a six-game skid in a big way Monday night.
All five starters scored in double figures in a 116-75 rout of the Lumberjacks.
Jamison Kramer pumped in a team-high 26 points as BSC connected on 45 of 89 shots.
"We shot the ball pretty well," said BSC coach Buster Gilliss said. "We'd been struggling for a while. It was good to see the ball go through the basket tonight."
Kramer made nine of his 14 shots. The Marion, N.D., freshman also had 12 rebounds and five assists.
Two other Mystics registered double-doubles. Leyton Lang totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Macauley Young posted 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Kyler McGillis added 15 points and dished out eight of BSC's 25 assists.
"We've been turning the ball over too much. That's been a thorn to us so far," Gilliss said. "We just need to be more consistent. We've had uncontested turnovers, those are the ones you just can't afford to have."
Joe Jahner Jr. and Hart Andes had 12 points apiece in the victory. McGillis made five 3-pointers. Jahner and Kramer knocked down four each as the Mystics leveled their Mon-Dak mark at 1-1.
"This is when it all starts," Gilliss said. "We need to be able to win at home and sneak a few out on the road."
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