BISMARCK, N.D. - She's only a sophomore, but Lauren Ware already has a lot of varsity experience. She's a 6-4 post, who moves very well, plus she can step out to hit a shot.
It's a combination that just does not come through North Dakota very often.
Ware is one of the major reasons the Patriots are the number-1 seed from the West Region for this weeks State Tournament.
Century Head Coach Ron Metz said, "It's such a huge blessing to do the different things we can around Lauren. And the other girls just fill in, great spacing, everybody is kind of there. And that's one of the things with a new team like this with the seniors we lost last year, everyone had to find their roles, and her role has changed obviously from last year with our huge number of posts we had last year to when we are thinner at the post this year. So everything just kind of changes, so we took some growing pains there."
Ware's scoring and rebounding can be impressive but her teammates say it's the defensive side where Lauren's impact may be felt the most.
Century senior Bailee Otterness said, "She brings such a good vibe to this team. We know that no matter what on defense, if it just happens that we get beat on defense, we know we have her back there as a wall, pretty much to block any shot. But she brings so much to the offensive aspect as well, she's definitely a force."
Ware earned a spot on the West Region All-Tournament team as the Patriots won the title on Saturday.