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REASON TO SMILE — NRHEG sophomore Carlie Wagner wore a big smile after being presented a special basketball by coach John Schultz after scoring her 1,000th career point at St. Peter last Thursday. (Star Eagle photo by Chris Schlaak)

Sophomore hits milestone as NRHEG girls stay undefeated

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

Carlie Wagner tops 1,000 career points, the NRHEG girls’ basketball team powers its way to a tournament championship and, along the way, remains undefeated.

Just another day at the gym for the Panthers.

Wagner, just a sophomore, reached the 1,000-point milestone for her career as the Panthers dominated St. Peter 70-44 for the title in the St. Peter Holiday Classic that wrapped up last Thursday.

Wagner, who entered the game needing 17 points for 1,000, was battling a cold and wasn’t feeling 100 percent before the game. Nevertheless, she got the milestone out of the way in the first half, finishing with 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists. She was named the tournament’s MVP.

According to coach John Schultz, Wagner was not a one-player show.

“We played a complete game, the whole team played well,” said Schultz. “Our defense created a lot of turnovers that cashed into points.”

By JIM LUTGENS

Editor/Publisher

The NRHEG boys’ basketball team lost in the consolation championship game of the Bethany Lutheran Holiday Classsic in Mankato Dec. 27-29.

The Panthers, who won one of three games, improved their record to 3-8 overall. They’re 1-4 in the Gopher Conference.

The Panthers fell 75-65 to St. Croix Lutheran in the opener Dec. 27.

St. Croix used pressure defense to force 14 NRHEG turnovers and take a 48-30 halftime lead.

“St. Croix did a nice job penetrating and back cutting and got numerous shots in the paint,” said Panthers coach Pat Churchill. “Their defense is in your face and aggressive. They play up the line and we were struggling to get into our offense. We were tentative and relaxed and they took it to us and got the big first-half lead.”

The Panthers improved in the second half, pulling within six at one point. But they got no closer.