Rankings are fun. They may be super fluid and a bit pointless at this point in the season, but who doesn’t love rankings? They can be used as motivation by the teams ranked super high because there’s an attempt to…
Rankings are fun. They may be super fluid and a bit pointless at this point in the season, but who doesn’t love rankings? They can be used as motivation by the teams ranked super high because there’s an attempt to validate it. They can be used as motivation by teams not ranked because there’s a quest to prove worth. It’s a win-win. Just remember it ultimately matters little at this point in the year.
Here are the top-10 teams in Class A North Dakota:
1. Bismarck Century
The class of Class A North Dakota for a while and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The Patriots have a dominant inside-outside duo in Lily Keplin and Lauren Ware and they get meaningful contributions from a number of others. If there’s a weakness there, nobody has found it yet.
The team most equipped to take down Century, the Braves have a ton of talent with seniors Megan Zander and Kennedy Harris leading the way plus junior guard Lakyn Darras. Those three combine to average nearly 50 points per game.
3. Devils Lake
The Firebirds went into the year as a contender in the EDC and to this point, they’ve completely steamrolled the competition. Undefeated and winning by an average margin of 36 points per game, they look untouchable in the EDC. Can they hang with the elite teams in the WDA? I’m sure we’ll find out.
4. Bismarck Legacy
The Sabers have been really good this year and they are getting it done thanks to great depth. Taryn Allmaras leads the team in scoring at 14 points per game but Legacy has four others averaging right around nine points per contest.
5. Fargo Shanley
The second best team in the EDC by what feels like a fairly wide margin at this point, Fargo Shanley has been better than expected. The Deacons have an outside chance at winning the EDC still as they are only a game behind Devils Lake.
6. Bismarck St. Mary’s
Bismarck St. Mary’s started the year a little slow but the Saints have since picked things up. Offense is a struggle as they average just 58 points per game (20 turnovers per game doesn’t help) but they are terrific defensively and there are a number of players who can make timely plays.
7. West Fargo Sheyenne
The Mustangs look like the third best team in the EDC at this point. When things go well, they go really well as the Mustangs have nine wins by an average margin of 27.1 points per game. When things go poorly, they go really, really poorly as their four losses are by 22 points per game.
8. Grand Forks Red River
Grand Forks Red River is one of the perplexing teams in the EDC. An 11-point loss to Devils Lake was the closest any team has come to beating the Firebirds. But the Roughriders turned around the lost by 30 to Fargo Shanley a few weeks later. They’ve still got a chance to finish third in the league.
9. West Fargo
The Packers have been solid this year, showing they can win hotly-contested games. To this point, they haven’t passed the test against the teams viewed as ahead of them as they are 1-4 against Devils Lake, Shanley, Sheyenne (54-40 win) and Red River.
The Blue Jays started the year with some really good wins but have since slipped into that clear second tier behind Century, Mandan, St. Mary’s and Legacy. A trio of Kameron Selvig, Courtney Peterson and Grace Hegerle gives them a chance against anybody though.