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Girls' basketball: Future Gopher Wagner scores 41 for NRHEG


Three semifinal games down on Friday and just one remains. The championship games are already set for Class A, 3A and 4A, and only one spot remains in Class 2A.

After scoring 53 points to open the girls state basketball tournament on Wednesday you couldn't help but wonder what New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva's Carlie Wagner would do for an encore in the semifinals. It didn't take long to find out. The future Gopher posted 41 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead them to the 87-58 victory over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead.

Wagner finished 17 of 19 from the free throw line and knocked down a pair of threes in the game.

The 41 points from Wagner was enough to break the Minnesota High School League's state tournament scoring record.

The Panthers will meet up with Kenyon-Wanamingo in the Class 2A state championship.

The Knights advanced with a 60-36 victory over Esko. Siri Sviggum scored 18 points and led an offensive charge that shot 50 percent from the floor. Sviggum was one of three Knights in double figures. Megan Quam had 12 points and Mara Quam added 10.

In Class A, earlier on Friday, the Minneota Vikings locked up a chance to defend their state championship. The Vikings defeated Goodhue 45-43 in the first semifinal of the day. Taylor Reiss posted her second double-double in as many days. She finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds and had two big steals near the end of the game, including one that led to a fast break bucket in the final seconds, which proved to be the difference.

Reiss' teammate Emily Steinessen hit four three's and scored 16 as well. It was enough for the Vikings to overcome 25 from Mikayla Miller in the loss.

Win-E-Mac held off a late rally by Mankato Loyola to head to the Class A championship game with a 62-61 win in the semifinals. Loyola trailed by seven at 61-54 with :50 to play. A Jordan Strachan three cut the lead to four. After two missed free throws for Win-E-Mac, RaeAnn Dose made a layup to cut the lead to two.

Win-E-Mac's Madison McKeever made one of two from the free-throw line to push the lead back to three. Strachan had a shot for a three but it didn't go and Megan Schroeder only had time for a put back which left Loyola one point short.

McKeever led all scorers in the game she finished with 32 points and was 20 of 25 from the free-throw line in the game.

Win-E-Mac and Minneota will play Saturday at noon at Williams Arena for the Class A championship.

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