Wagner scores 53, NRHEG wins big

MSHSL press release:

#1 New Richland H-E-G (29-0) advances in
the MSHSL Class AA Tournament in record-
setting fashion with a 100-68 win over Pequot
Lakes (23-7) on Wednesday afternoon at
Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

Playing on her future campus at the University
of Minnesota, senior guard Carlie Wagner put
on a show and put the game out of reach
early in the second half. She scored an
MSHSL Girls State Tournament record 53
points, beating her own mark from last year of
50.

Wagner also broke the record on nine fewer
shots than it took in the 2013 title game against
Braham.

She shot 17-34 from the floor, buried six
three-pointers including 4-of-6 in the second
half after a 2-of-10 start, and made 13-of-15
at the stripe. She also dished out seven
assists, had six rebounds and six steals.

She led the Panthers to a state tournament
team record 100 point performance, topping
the 1984 mark set by Eden Valley-Watkins
against Cass Lake. With Pequot Lakes also
having a solid offensive day with 68 points,
the combined score of 167 topped the former
record of 157 when Monticello edged Fergus
Falls 79-78 in 2013.

While Wagner’s six three-pointers were two
shy of the individual mark, they contributed to
the team’s new record of 13 as the Panthers
went 13-30 (43.3%) from the arc, topping
Maranatha Christian Academy’s 12 from 2012
against Spring Grove.

While the Panthers won by 32 points, the
margin was closer in the first half as the
Patriots looked to upset the undefeated top
seed in the Class AA tournament.

The margin was just nine at the break and
Pequot held a 13-11 lead just over six minutes
into the game and the score was tied nearing
the 10-minute mark.

Those first eight minutes featured three ties
and five lead changes.

But a 14-2 run by NRHEG that featured six
straight points, a steal and assist by Wagner,
broke the game open for a 29-17 lead for the
Panthers with 7:44 to play in the half.

NRHEG led the rest of the way, although
Pequot Lakes cut into the margin with an 8-0
run as Katie White buried two of her five
three-pointers in the run to make it a 4-point
game.

While NRHEG kept the lead, the Patriots got it
back down to two with under two minutes to
play in the half, 41-39 with another White
three-pointer sparking the Pequot Lakes spurt.

With the nine point halftime lead, Wagner took
over early in the half as she scored 19
straight points for the Panthers helping to
swell their lead from 54-41 at the 17:24 mark
to 73-52 at the 11:43 mark.

The lead stayed at least 20 the rest of the
way.

Wagner’s freshman sister, Maddie, had a
double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds
while Maddie’s twin Marnie scored seven
points with five rebounds off the bench as the
three Wagner sisters outscored Pequot Lakes
71-68 on their own.

Jade Schultz, another Gopher recruit, scored
17 points with eight rebounds and seven
assists while knocking down five three-
pointers.

For Pequot Lakes, Kayla Miller led the way
with 25 points including four three-pointers,
six rebounds and five assists. White finished
with 19 points and six rebounds while
Vanessa Lane had 19 points and 10 rebounds
(eight offensive).

The Patriot trio of Miller, Lane and White
accounted for 63 of Pequot Lakes’ 68 points
while the rest of the squad shot 1-12 against
the undefeated Panthers.

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