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Girls' basketball: Wagner scores 53; breaks state tourney record

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Records have been broken on the second day of the State Girls Basketball Tournament.

In Class 2A, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva's Carlie Wagner broke her own state tournament record by scoring 53 points in the Panthers' 100-68 quarterfinal victory over Pequot Lakes.

John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League reports three other tournament records fell in the game.

  • NRHEG's 100 points broke the previous record of 88 set by Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Cass Lake in 1984.
  • The combined total of 168 points broke the record of 157 set by Monticello (79) and Fergus Falls (78) in two overtimes last year.
  • NRHEG made 13 three-pointers, breaking the record of 12 set by Maranatha Christian against Spring Grove in 2012.

In the game, Wagner made 17 of 34 field-goal attempts, six of 16 three's and 13 of 15 free throws. She grabbed six rebounds, dished out seven assists and had two fouls. Wagner, who has committed to the University of Minnesota, needs just 76 points to tie the tourney record for total points (129) she set last year.

Abby Miller put up a solid game to lead Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead to a 62-43 victory over Minnehaha Academy. Miller hit seven three's and scored 23 points to lead the way, while teammate Gabby Gruenhagen posted a double-double 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Kenyon-Wanamingo cruised to a quarterfinal victory over Redwood Valley 64-31, Wednesday evening. Siri Sviggum had a nice night for the Knights. She scored 23 points, while it was the Knights defense that stood out, they held the Cardinals to 20.8 percent shooting. Kenyon-Wanamingo (30-1) was clicking offensively, they shot 53 percent in the game. Brittney Flom added 14 and Meg Clark 11 for the Knights.

Esko defeated New London-Spicer in the final 2A quarterfinal game Wednesday night 39-35. The Wildcats shot less than 30 percent in the loss. Taylor Thunstedt scored 24 of the 35 for the Wildcats, but she was one of just three players to score in the game. Ava Gonsorowski scored 14 points while Ashley Bergerson had 12 to lead the Eskomos.

In Class 3A, Fergus Falls (29-1) pulled away from Kasson-Mantorville late to claim a 61-52 victory. Bailey Strand scored 28 points to lead the Otters, while Brianna Rasmusson scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kasson-Mantorville was hurt by 20 turnovers in the loss.

Marshall opened up the tournament with a convincing win over Chisago Lakes Area, 68-44. It was the most lopsided game in 3A, as the Tigers (29-1) forced 25 turnovers with their high pressure defense to run to the victory. Bryanna Fernstrom scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds but it wasn't enough to overcome three Marshall players in double figures. Hannah Bennett led the Tigers with 13.

Marshall and Fergus Falls will meet up in the semifinals on Thursday.

To view the full semifinal tournament brackets click here.

Class 1A Quarterfinals — Thursday
11 a.m. — Browerville vs. Minneota at Mariucci Arena
1 p.m. — Ada-Borup vs. Goodhue at Mariucci Arena
3 p.m. — Mankato Loyola vs. Maranatha Christian Academy at Mariucci Arena
5 p.m. — Win-E-Mac vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl at Mariucci Arena

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