Eden Prairie eighth-grader Tori Schlagel (15) drives to the basket as Rochester Mayo's Hannah Hanson (1) looks on. Schlagel scored a career-high 14 points in the Eagles' victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Eden Prairie coach Ellen Wiese has been picking the moments, careful not to thrust too much on the shoulders of an eighth-grade athlete too soon. But Tori Schlagel showed Saturday in the Eagles' 92-59 victory at home over Rochester Mayo that she is ready to pick up the pace of her apprenticeship.
Schlagel scored 10 points in the first half as the Eagles (13-5) sprinted to a 50-23 halftime lead over a Spartans team that had been unbeaten and ranked No. 6 in Class 4A less than two weeks ago. The eighth-grade guard finished with a career-high 14 points and was one of four Eden Prairie players to score 14 or more points.
Eagles sophomore Molly Lenz led the way with 16 points, while seniors Allison Miranda and Destinee Bursch added 15 and 14 points, respectively.
"I am very careful with the young kids," Wiese said. "I want to bring them along slowly and don't want to overwhelm them. That was my plan [for Schlagel] from the beginning."
The results make that a hard case to beat. Schlagel had played in 15 varsity games before Saturday, scoring a total of 50 points. She now gives Wiese and the Eagles, ranked No. 9 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, one more solid scoring option on a team full of them. Eight players had season-highs of 12 points or more before Saturday.
Eden Prairie's Molly Lenz (3) drives as Rochester Mayo's Mia Harber defends. Lenz scored a team-high 16 points for the Eagles. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Four players scored 14 or more points for Eden Prairie Saturday, helping the Eagles soar past Rochester Mayo 92-59 at Eden Prairie High School in what was the final regular-season game for each team.
The Eagles (13-5) had been looking for an 18th game and a solid tuneup for the postseason and found it when Rochester Mayo, which opened the season with 12 consecutive victories and climbed as high as sixth in the Class 4A rankings by Minnesota Basketball News before falling out of the top 10 this week, had a Big 9 Conference game against Austin canceled.
Sophomore Molly Lenz had a team-best 16 points for Eden Prairie, while seniors Allison Miranda and Destinee Bursch chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively. Eighth-grader Tori Schlagel scored 10 points in the first half for the No. 9-4A Eagles and finished with a career-high 14 points.
Anna Miller led the Spartans (13-3) with 22 points, with 11 coming in each half.
The Eagles begin the Class 4A, Section 2 tournament on Tuesday against Chanhassen. Mayo, which now has lost three of its last four games, will play in the Class 4A, Section 1 tournament.
Anna Miller makes a move on Eden Prairie defender Nia Holloway in the first half. Miller scored a game-high 22 points for the Spartans. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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