No. 1 Trojan girls go to 5-0 on hardcourt

New Prague High School's girls basketball team is off to a 5-0 start this season. Last week the Trojans, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, claimed three wins, one of them a nailbiter. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, they defeated Waconia, which at the time was ranked No. 8 in Class AAA. They beat Waseca on Friday, Dec. 12, then on Saturday they edged No. 5-ranked Orono 38-37.

New Prague was scheduled to face Simley on Tuesday. Things will get tough for the Trojans in the next week. On Friday they travel to St. Paul Central, the two-time defending Class AAAA champions who are currently ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 22, they host Eastview, which started the season ranked No. 10 in Class AAAA. New Prague then has a two-week break before visiting Jordan, ranked No. 1 in Class AA, on January 6.

Trojans 65, Wildcats 53

Seniors Amanda Wagner and Brit Rynda combined for 19 first-half points as the Trojans jumped to a 37-22 lead on their way to a 65-53 win over Waconia.

Wagner ended with a game-high 22 points and Rynda 17 for New Prague, which also had 12 points from junior Maggie Weiers, 10 of those in the first half.

New Prague 37 28- 65

Waconia 22 31- 53

Dec. 9, at Waconia

New Prague (65) Seter 0, Wagner 22, Gill 4, Kneeland 4, Rynda 17, Rookaird 0, Weiers 12, Strop 6

Waconia (53) Rinke 0, Hunter 6, Faust 8, Christensen 8, Dunkelberger 14, Iverson 4, Moats 6, Erickson 7

Fouls: NP 18, Wac 19; Fouled out: Hunter; Technical Fouls: none; Three point goals: NP 0, Wac 4 (Faust 2, Erickson 2)

Trojans 64, Bluejays 46

New Prague jumped out to an 18-0 lead and led 37-13 at halftime. The Trojans' full-court pressure played havoc with the Bluejays, who had trouble handling the Trojans' traps.

Coach Ron Gunderson played a mixture of lineups in the second half, with the starters playing together for only a few minutes. Waseca kept their starters in for most of the game and kept the margin steady for most of the second half.

Weiers led the Trojans with 14 points while Hannah Strop had 12 and Rynda 10. Maggie Seter had five points off the bench for the Trojans.

Waseca 13 33 - 46

New Prague 37 27 - 64

Dec. 12, at New Prague

Waseca (46) Collins 3, Whitney 2, Ulvers 7, Trickey 6, Ruedy 3, Loonan 7, Streich 18,

New Prague (64) Seter 5, Wagner 6, Gill 4, Beckius 0, Kneeland 5, Carr 2, Reinke 0, Rynda 10, Reimers 4, Rookaird 2, Weiers 14, Strop 12

Fouls: Was 17, NP 16; Fouled out: none; Technical Fouls: none; Three point goals: Was 2 (Collins, Ruedy), NP 1 (Seter)

Trojans 38, Spartans 37

Things were moving along smoothly for the Trojans, who led 23-18 at halftime and scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 31-18 lead.

But then the New Prague offense went cold and the Spartans took advantage, whittling down at the Trojan lead until they tied things at 37-37 late in the game.

With six seconds left Wagner went to the free throw line for a one-and-one for the Trojans. After making the first shot, the second missed and the rebound went out of bounds, giving Orono a chance for the win. They pushed the ball upcourt and took a shot from the baseline at the buzzer that missed, and New Prague stayed unbeaten.

The Trojans were just four of 17 shooting in the second half. Wagner was the Trojans' leading scorer with 12 points while Weiers had 11.

The Trojans not only had trouble from the field, but also from the free throw line, where they were 7-of-14 in the second half.

New Prague 23 15 - 38

Orono 18 19 - 37

Dec. 13, at Orono

New Prague (38) Seter 0, Wagner 12, Gill 0, Kneeland 6, Rynda 0, Weiers 11, Strop 9

Orono (37) Erickson 1, Chwba 0, Barman 13, Johnson 5, Garfield 7, Tunnesim 0, Randall 0, Kruse 2, Luse 7, Schinke 2

Fouls: NP 16, Oro 13; Fouled out: none; Technical Fouls: none; Three point goals: NP 2 (Wagner 2), Oro 2 (Barman, Garfield)

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