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Sophomore guard suffers sprained ankle in 59-43 victory at Blue Earth Area


By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The NRHEG girls’ basketball team won a key game, but suffered a big loss.

During the second half of the Panthers’ 59-43 nonconference victory at Blue Earth Area Monday night, starting guard Jade Schultz went down with a severe ankle injury.

The good news is that Schultz has some time to heal before tournament play begins and the Panthers, rated No. 2 in the state in Class AA, won handily to improve to 24-0 overall.

“We were cold beyond the arc, shooting 1-17, but made up with it on the boards outrebounding BEA 40-19,” said NRHEG coach John Schultz. “We had troubles with Hassing roaming through our defense but kept their perimeter shooters in check. This was a great test for us playing a very athletic good defensive team like BEA. Anna Schlaak also had a good scoring night for us. She really helped carry us the first half with 11 of her points.”

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BIG WIN — NRHEG sophomore Jarek Schendel goes up for a shot during the Panthers’ 62-29 victory over St. Clair last week. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)


By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The NRHEG boys’ basketball team experienced both ends of the scoreboard spectrum last week.

On Monday, they faced a shorthanded St. Clair squad and rolled to a 62-29 triumph.

Three nights later they traveled to Waterville and were brought to earth by the powerful Buccaneers, 78-48.

The Panthers’ record stands at 7-16 overall and 4-10 in the Gopher Conference. Several of the losses have been very close.

That wasn’t the case against St. Clair as the Panthers bolted to a 34-12 halftime lead and never looked back. The Cyclones were without three starters.

Panthers claim Gopher crown, improve overall record to 22-0

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CATCH US IF YOU CAN — Carlie Wagner leads the fast break at Janesville last Friday during the Panthers’ 80-33 victory. Also pictured are the Panthers’ Katie Cole (14) and Tori Raimann (11). (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The games weren’t exactly thrillers, but some excitement came out of it for the NRHEG girls’ basketball team.

The Panthers, in the midst of one of their best seasons ever, clinched the Gopher Conference championship outright last week by hammering JWP 80-33 on Friday and blowing out Blooming Prairie 63-30 on Tuesday.

The Panthers improved to 13-0 in the conference, four games ahead of second-place USC with three games to play. NRHEG is 22-0 overall and rated No. 2 in the state in Class 2A.

The outcome of neither game was in doubt, especially at Janesville where the Panthers led 50-17 at the intermission.

As it has been all season, rebounding was key for NRHEG.

“I was very impressed with our rebound totals, 60-24,” said coach John Schultz. “That tells me we were hustling.”