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On paper, the Class A girls basketball roster is stacked.

Monday night at Bismarck Legacy High School, they proved it.

In the 38th edition of the Lions All-Star Girls Basketball Series, the Class A girls set a new record for margin of victory, rolling to a 91-45 victory. The previous mark was 39 points set in 1990, also by Class A.

"I don't think we expected that, no," said Alyssa Paper of Fargo Davies, who led five Class A girls in double figures with 13 points. "Everyone was working well together on both ends of the floor. Everybody has something a little special they can bring to the game. It was just a lot of fun."

Lilly Keplin, one of three UND recruits on the Class A roster, scored 12 first-half points and made three of Class A's 15 3-pointers. Her college teammate at UND -- Maggie Manson of West Fargo Sheyenne -- also buried three triples.

"We're really familiar with each other. A lot of us have been playing together or against each other since grade school. It was a blast out there tonight," said Keplin, who led Century to its second straight Class A title in March. "What was so cool is that we were making the extra pass. We all know we can go out there and get our shots and score, but we played unselfish. That's what coach (Metz) wanted and we did it."

The Class B girls hung around early. Madison Leaf, who led all scorers in the game with 14 points, cut the gap to 13-9 in the first half with a putback hoop.

But Class A scored the next nine points. Later, they surged to a 30-15 edge when Keplin drilled a corner 3 and Class A was on its way.

Ron Metz, a veteran of several Lions All-Star games as a head and assistant coach, said this version stacks up with any.

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"It's probably the best," said the Century High head coach. "Beyond that, how many times did they make the extra pass? A lot of that is because they know how to play the game. They're very intelligent players and when they commit to making the extra pass and playing together, it was just a lot of fun to watch them play like that."

Mya Klein, Century's starting point guard last season, also hit double figures with 11 points. Manson ended with 11. Kennedy Harris of Mandan and Grand Forks Red River's Jadyn Sondrol added eight each.

Class B and Rugby head coach Jen Brossart, who played basketball at the University of Mary, may have summed up Class A's roster the best.

"They're two deep at every position," Brossart said. "Class A, wow, they put on a clinic tonight."

Game 2 of the series is Tuesday night at West Fargo High School. Brossart expects her squad to have a better lay of the land.

"Tonight we saw it and felt it. I thought our girls played really hard. We just couldn't get a shot to fall," Brossart said. "I thought our girls played really hard. Madi Leaf? What a great game she played.

"Our girls know what they're up against. Hopefully we'll have a little more confidence, be a little more relaxed and have a little more get up and go tomorrow."

Class B swept the series last season. Class A is targeting restoring order.

"It's not like we have a chip on our shoulder or anything like that, we just want to come out and show what kind of team we have," Keplin said. "Class B's going to come out hard tomorrow. We're not going to take anything for granted. We'll be ready."

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

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