“We were just kind of lazy and our defense wasn’t working very well,” said Wagner, who fired in 33 of her game-high 39 points in the first half. “Coach chewed our butts a little bit and it was way better after that. We were more intense on defense and way smarter with our passes and shot selection.
Freshman guard Marnie Wagner’s left-wing 3-pointer sparked a 20-0 burst that ballooned the Panthers cushion to 46-18 on her foul shot with 4:11 left in the half. After Vargo’s free-throw line jumper ended the Titans’ drought, Carlie Wagner’s 10-point flurry — two 3-pointers along with a slicing drive and two foul shots — helped NRHEG rocket out to a 63-21 bulge at the break.
Carlie Wagner also tallied seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. The Panthers also received 12 points, nine boards and four assists from Schultz.
Angileno led the Titans with 12 points and nine rebounds and Vargo ended up with 10 points.
NRHEG won the boards 43-31 and committed fewer turnovers 26-11. Tri-City managed to convert on just 16 of 38 from the free-throw line.
“We were making some mistakes we usually don’t make,” coach Schultz said. “We haven’t played in over a week and they weren’t real sharp.
“We’ve got four seniors that have kept this program strong. I kind of hand things over to them when we need a boost and I don’t know what to say.”
NRHEG plays again at 7:45 p.m. Monday in the south subsection title game at Minnesota State’s Bresnan Arena.