West Fargo Sheyenne girls upset Mandan in opening round of state tournament

BISMARCK – Before Thursday, only one team had beaten Mandan this season. That is unbeaten and top-ranked Bismarck Century.

West Fargo Sheyenne joined that exclusive club with a 75-61 win over the Braves at North Dakota Class A girls state tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. The Mustangs dominated the second half to move into today’s semifinals against Devils Lake.

“They just play so hard and so tough,” Sheyenne coach Brent Hintz said. “After losing that first game at the EDC tournament, we talked about having our backs to the wall. We had to fight our way to get here and that has battled-hardened us. That’s what allowed us to get down 20-5 and still believe.”

For the second straight game dating back to the West Region championship game, the Braves (21-4) imploded in the second half. This time, Sheyenne used a 29-5 run to deny Mandan a chance to reach a second straight championship game.

Yasmina Dokara hd 22 points for the Mustangs (18-7). Maggie Manson added 17 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and five steals.

Mandan’s Megan Zander had a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) by halftime. She finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Kennedy Harris chipped in 12 points.

The Braves led 25-9 before Jadyn Feist scored three quick baskets for the Mustangs, starting a 16-4 run that carved the Braves’ lead to 29-25 with 1:24 before halftime.