In Saturday afternoon's season finale of "The Carlie Wagner Show", the junior guard from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva scored a state tournament record 50 points, including the game-winning free throw with :06.1 left to lead the Panthers to a 60-59 win in the Class AA championship game at Target Center.
It was the first state championship for NRHEG, who finished third last year.
Carlie Wagner scored the game's first four points The Bombers offense got going as Jaclyn Hollenkamp scored four straight points. And where was Braham's top player Rebekah Dahlman? She didn't get her first point until 12:20 of the half. She also was plagued by foul trouble, picking up her third foul with 7:17 left in the half and she went to the bench, Meanwhile, Carlie Wagner continued to dazzle with her speed, talent and the ability to switchhands while dribbling and it helped lead the Panthers lead at halftime 27-19.
Dahlman and Braham would not be out of this one just yet. She put the Bombers on a 4-0 run before regaining her shooting form. going from a first half two points to a team high 32 before she fouled out. Kayla Nickles picked up the slack for Braham, hitting a three pointer to put them in the lead. Then Carlie Wagner started to take control of the game, scoring eight straight points. The Bombers went not through yet as Nickles tied the game at 59 with :26.2 in regulation.
It looked like the game was destined to go into overtime. However, Carlie Wagner was fouled by Hollenkamp with :06.1 left, sending her to the free throw line. she missed the first shot and made the second that made her the first player in state tournament history to score 50 points. Braham played for the last shot, but Angela Bendickson's pass was blocked by Carlie Wagner and NRHEG clinched their first state title.
The only player to score in double figures was Braham's Nickles, who added 12 points.
In addition to breaking the single game scoring record, Carlie Wagner set a total point record with 129. She also set a record for field goal attempts in a game with 43, most field goal attempts with 110. She also set a record by converting 48 field goals and tied a tournament record with 21 field goals made.
In the third place game at Concordia university in St. Paul, Providence Academy beat Minneapolis Washburn 51-33.