The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 16, 2013

NRHEG edges Braham for state title (PHOTO GALLERY)


MINNEAPOLIS — The Panthers led 27-15 at the break, but Braham and Dahlman came back in a hurry. Within the first four minutes, NRHEG’s halftime lead was cut to three (31-28) with Dahlman scoring 10 of her team’s first 13 points of the second half.

"We knew we had to stay up and couldn’t get down," said NRHEG senior Katie Cole. "They (Braham) got back in, but we still pulled it off so I’m happy."

A Dahlman lay-in gave Braham its only lead of the game at 39-37 with 9:45 remaining. When she committed her fourth foul with 7:38 left, NRHEG regained the lead and did not relinquish it the rest of the way.

Wagner was the reason why as she scored 31 of her team’s 33 second-half points. She converted on a three-point play and then swished a 3 from the top of the key as part of a 12-5 run to put the Panthers up seven with five minutes to go.

Braham crept its way back in the game again and when Nickles stripped Wagner of the ball at midcourt and laid it in with 26 seconds to go, the game was tied at 59.

Wagner drove and drew a foul on Jaclyn Hollenkamp with six seconds left. She made the first free throw but missed the second giving Braham a chance for the win.

Having to go full court, Braham inbounded the ball to Nickels, was forced to maneuver around Hannah Lundberg, attempted a pass, but was intercepted by Wagner who dribbled the ball down court as time expired.

NRHEG played this game without Jade Schultz. She led the team in rebounding, was second in steals, assists, and points. She dislocated her kneecap in the opening minutes of Friday night’s win.

Wagner and Paige Overgaard led the Panthers with 12 rebounds a piece on Saturday.

The Wagner-Dahlman showdown came to fruition in the second half as the two combined to score 61 of the game’s 77 second half points. Dahlman finished with 32 points.

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