Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune Panthers' Jade Schultz looks for a way to pass around her Bethlehem Academy defender Friday in New Richland.

NRHEG beats No. 3 ranked team by 17 points

Published 10:38pm Friday, December 14, 2012

NEW RICHLAND — The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls’ basketball team defeated Bethlehem Academy Friday night 70-53.
The Panthers, who are ranked No. 2 in the state,  stole the ball from the No. 3 ranked Cardinals 22 times.
NRHEG’s strategy was planning hard defensively to slow down what head coach John Schultz called the Cardinals “potent offense.”
The Panthers had a total of 15 rebounds to go with their steals.
“It was a great defensive effort by all our players even though they didn’t reach the stat sheets,” Schultz said. “They did a good job of excecuting their roles tonight.”
Carlie Wagner led the team with 41 points, four rebounds, six assists and 10 steals.
“Carlie was tough to stop on the break and half court offense,” Schultz said.
Panthers Jade Schultz was another leader for the night.
She made three 3-pointers in addition to seven other points, six rebounds and three steals.
“Jade burried enough threes to make them adjust their defense,” Schultz said.
The Panthers next game is Tuesday at Southland.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Genva 70, Bethlehem Academy 53

Bethlehem Academy 23 20 — 53
NRHEG 42 28 — 70

NRHEG stats: Carlie Wagner 41 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 10 steals; Jade Schultz 16 points, 6 points, 3 steals; Raelin Schue 4 points, 5 rebounds; Marnie Wagner 3 points; Hannah Lundberg 2 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals; Maddie Wagner 2 points; Katie Cole 2 points