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Panthers make it 9 in a row

The NRHEG girls’ basketball team put its perfect Gopher Conference record (9-0) on the line against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Tuesday night.

W-E-M was looking to avenge an earlier loss to NRHEG, and it had a chance in the first half.

Down 10 points, the Buccaneers went on a 5-0 run with 4:54 left in the half. They would get as close as four, but then the Panthers took over.

NRHEG scored 34 points in the second half and its defense suffocated W-E-M on its way to a 65-45 win and a 10-0 record in the Gopher Conference.

Over the last few games, the Panthers have developed a four-headed monster in Betsy Schoenrock, Kayla Camerer and Maddie and Marnie Wagner.

NRHEG forward Kelly Harden takes a shot over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown’s Maddy Meskan in the first half Tuesday night.

NRHEG forward Kelly Harden takes a shot over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown’s Maddy Meskan in the first half Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, the four teammates combined for 62 points and 29 rebounds. Schoenrock led the way with 20 points and six rebounds. Marnie Wagner had 18 points and six rebounds.

NRHEG has stretched its winning streak to nine games and hasn’t lost in a calendar month.

During the streak, the Panthers have been averaging 72.8 points per game and allowing a stifling 49.3 points. They have held opponents under 50 points four times.

The Panthers are now 17-5 on the season.

NRHEG will continue its three-game homestand with games against Blooming Prairie on Friday and St. Peter on Tuesday.