Updated: 03/20/2014 9:17 AM
Created: 03/19/2014 7:28 PM KSTP.com
By: KSTP Sports
Top-seeded New Richland H-E-G (29-0) advanced in the Girls' State Basketball Tournament in record-setting fashion Wednesday with a 100-68 win over Pequot Lakes (23-7) at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
Playing on her future campus at the University of Minnesota, senior guard Carlie Wagner put on a show and put the game out of reach early in the second half. She scored a state tournament record 53 points, beating her own mark from last year of 50.
Wagner also broke the record on nine fewer shots than it took in the 2013 title game against Braham.
She shot 17 of 34 from the floor, buried six three-pointers including 4 of 6 in the second half after a 2 of 10 start, and made 13 of 15 free throws. She also dished out seven assists, had six rebounds and six steals.
She led the Panthers to a state tournament team record 100-point performance, topping the 1984 mark set by Eden Valley-Watkins against Cass Lake. With Pequot Lakes also having a solid offensive day with 68 points, the combined score of 167 topped the former record of 157 when Monticello edged Fergus Falls 79-78 in 2013.
While Wagner's six three-pointers were two shy of the individual mark, they contributed to the team's new record of 13 as the Panthers went 13 of 30 (43.3%) from the arc, topping Maranatha Christian Academy's 12 from 2012 against Spring Grove.
While the Panthers won by 32 points, the margin was closer in the first half as the Patriots looked to upset the undefeated top seed in the Class 2A tournament.
The margin was just nine at the break and Pequot held a 13-11 lead just over six minutes into the game and the score was tied nearing the 10-minute mark.
Those first eight minutes featured three ties and five lead changes.
But a 14-2 run by NRHEG that featured six straight points, a steal and assist by Wagner, broke the game open for a 29-17 lead for the Panthers with 7:44 to play in the half.
NRHEG led the rest of the way, although Pequot Lakes cut into the margin with an 8-0 run as Katie White buried two of her five three-pointers in the run to make it a four point game.
While NRHEG kept the lead, the Patriots got it back down to two with under two minutes to play in the half, 41-39 with another White three-pointer sparking the Pequot Lakes spurt.
With the nine point halftime lead, Wagner took over early in the half as she scored 19 straight points for the Panthers helping to swell their lead from 54-41 at the 17:24 mark to 73-52 at the 11:43 mark.
The lead stayed at least 20 the rest of the way.
Wagner's freshman sister, Maddie, had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Maddie's twin sister Marnie scored seven points with five rebounds off the bench as the three Wagner sisters outscored Pequot Lakes 71-68 on their own.
Jade Schultz, another Gopher recruit, scored 17 points with eight rebounds and seven assists while knocking down five three-pointers.
For Pequot Lakes, Kayla Miller led the way with 25 points including four three-pointers, six rebounds and five assists. White finished with 19 points and six rebounds while Vanessa Lane had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Patriot trio of Miller, Lane and White accounted for 63 of Pequot Lakes' 68 points while the rest of the squad shot 1-12 against the undefeated Panthers.
No. 1 New Richland H-E-G will play No. 4 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Friday at 6 p.m. at Williams Arena.