The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 20, 2014

Wagner, NRHEG set records in state victory

Wagner gets 53; Panthers hit 13 3s to reach 100


However, Wagner had six of her 26 first-half points in the closing minutes as the Panthers led 50-41 at halftime. NRHEG allowed only 39.0 points per game this season, with 15 opponents that didn't reach 41 points in a game, including all three postseason games.

"I was concerned about our defense," Schultz said. "We didn't get out on their two shooters like we needed to. We had 50 points so our offense was OK, but we knew we had to play a little better defensively."

Wagner had eight points, including two 3-pointers, as the Panthers started the second half with a 12-2 run that made things more comfortable. Jade Schultz chipped in her fifth 3-pointer with four minutes to go to make it 96-64, and several teammates contributed to the record for total points and 13 3-pointers.

"We need Jade, Maddie (Wagner), Marnie (Wagner) to shoot well," coach Schultz said. "If teams are going to try to double on Carlie, we need our shooters. If you're going to play zone, you have to give something up."

Carlie Wagner also had six rebounds and seven assists. Schultz added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Maddie Wagner had 11 points and 10 rebounds

Carlie Wagner, who has scored 3,880 points in her career, now needs nine points to become the second-leading scorer in state history. If she scored 76 points, she can break her own tournament record for 3 games.

"Points don't matter to me," she said. "It's one game at a time. I only worry about the next opponent."

NRHEG (29-0) plays in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Arena. The Panthers play Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, which defeated Minnehaha Academy 62-43 in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

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