No. 1 Panthers claw No. 5 Cardinals
NEW RICHLAND – Future University of Minnesota Gopher guard Carlie Wagner delivered a game-best 49 points to power the Class AA, No. 1-ranked New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers to a 77-44 regular-season basketball victory over the No. 5-ranked Fairmont Cardinals on Monday night in New Richland.
Wagner, who connected on seven 3-pointers, scored the undefeated Panthers’ first 19 points to trigger a game-opening 24-2 edge.
NRHEG extended its winning streak to 55 in a row – just one shy of tying the state’s all-time girls basketball mark – while halting Fairmont’s run of nine consecutive wins.
Power forward Courtney Mosloski delivered a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals. Mosloski also distributed three assists and made three steals.
Kristen Campe connected on four 3-pointers to pace her team-high 14-point performance for Fairmont, while Alex Christianson chipped in 10 points.
Sierra Schultz collected four points, five assists and three steals, while Sierra Schrader added five points for the Cardinals.
Fairmont made 15 of 44 shots from 2-point range, 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc and only 2 of 14 at the free throw line.
Jade Schultz netted eight points and pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds for the Panthers, while Maddie Wagner supplied six points.
NRHEG connected on 31 of 76 field goals, including a dozen from behind the bonus arc.
Fairmont (22-4), the No. 1 seed in the Section 3AA, South Sub-Section playoffs, plays host to No. 8-seeded Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at 7 p.m. Friday night in a sub-section quarterfinal game at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (25-0) awaits the seedings for the Section 2AA playoffs that tip off on Monday, March 3.
NRHEG downed Fairmont in B-squad action, 62-16, Monday in New Richland.
Alexis Bass collected four points, five rebounds and five blocked shots to top the Cardinals.
Marissa Voss and Marisa Nelson each scored four points for Fairmont, while Abby Fitzgerald and Sophie Brau grabbed four boards each.
Brooke Hunwardsen made the last-second game-winning field goal to propel Fairmont to a 38-37 victory over NRHEG during C-squad action Monday night in New Richland.
Hunwardsen finished with six points, five steals and four rebounds, while teammate Taylor Crissinger produced a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to complement five steals.
Claire Cutler netted seven points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals, Brenna Cutler tallied four points and six boards, while Alli Lardy added four points and six rebounds.