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Ten Tournament Tidbits from the 2014 state girls basketball tournament

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The 2014 state tournament season comes to a close with Ten Tournament Tidbits from the 2014 State Girls Basketball Tournament.

1. Carlie Wagner of NRHEG broke the single game scoring record with 53 points in the Class AA quarterfinals against Pequot Lakes.

2. The only other player to score more than 40 points was Bailey Strand of Fergus Falls. She scored 45 in the third place game against Minneapolis Washburn.

3. Three of the 32 tournament teams had female head coaches. Shelly Soule of Lakeville North, Melissa Guebert of Eastview and and Marta Wallen of St. Paul Central.

4. The Class AAAA final between Eastview and Bloomington Kennedy was the first between two schools from the same conference. Both play in the South Suburban Conference.

5. There were two overtime games. The Class a quarterfinal game between Mankato Loyola and Maranatha Christian Academy and the three overtime Class AAA championship game between Park Center and Marshall.

6. The only first time team in the tournament was Park Center.

7. Six schools played in both the boys and girls basketball tournaments. Maranatha Christian Academy, Esko, New London-Spicer, St. Paul Central, Lakeville North and Eden Prairie.

8. Win-E-Mac, the Class a champion is a combination of Winger, Erskine and Macintosh with a total combined population of 1,348. according to the 2010 US census. Winger has 220 residents, Erskine, 503 and Macintosh 623.

9. Redwood Valley was the first team from Redwood Falls to advance to state since 1979.

10. When NRHEG faced Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the Class AA semifinals, a total of seven communities were represented. The other four were New Richland, Hartland, Ellendale and Geneva.

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