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Parkers Prairie guard Micaela Noga makes a pass against WCA on January 8, 2013. Noga scored 43 points in two games last week. (File photo/Echo Press)
Parkers Prairie guard Micaela Noga makes a pass against WCA on January 8, 2013. Noga scored 43 points in two games last week. (File photo/Echo Press)

Noga’s return sparks Panthers over B-E

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The return of star senior guard Micaela Noga came at the right time last week for Parkers Prairie as the Panthers got two conference wins against Ashby and Brandon-Evansville.

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Noga came back from an injury against Ashby and poured in 21 points against the Arrows in a 50-39 win last Tuesday. Three days later, the Panthers welcomed in Little Eight Conference leader Brandon-Evansville and handed the Chargers their first league loss in a 49-37 game. Noga had 22 to go along with five rebounds and four steals that night.

“We didn’t play very well,” Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. “They only had six turnovers and we had 19. That’s a big differential. They played well and we didn’t. They outplayed us and outhustled us.”

Parkers Prairie’s Sarah Bunde provided her team with a second scoring punch against the Chargers. She had 13 points, including three triples, and the duo of Noga and Bunde was enough on a night when no other Panthers’ player scored more than four.

Carrigan Okerlund led the Chargers with 12 points. Emily Friedrich added eight and Megan Kokett finished with nine.

“They had 13 offensive rebounds,” Simpson said. “We had 19 turnovers and many lapses, too much standing around. It was kind of disappointing, and I think they were probably fired up with Micaela back. They just outplayed us.”

The loss made for a three-way tie atop the LEC with Brandon-Evansville, Parkers Prairie and Battle Lake all sitting at 4-1 heading into Tuesday night’s games.

GAME STATISTICS Parkers Prairie 49,

Brandon-Evansville 37

B-E TOTALS – FG – 14-42; FT – 1-4; Rebounds – 26; Turnovers – 19

PARKERS PRAIRIE – Sierra Nori – 2 assists, 1 steal; Noga – 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals; Renee Warren – 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist; Bunde – 13 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals; Megan Dreger – 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Anna Guenther – 1 block; Caroline Carlson – 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Kathryn Burquest – 4 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE – Kokett – 9 points; Melissa Haseman – 2 points, 9 rebounds; Okerlund – 12 points; Elizabeth Vinson – 5 points; Friedrich – 8 points, 9 rebounds; Kristine Betterman – 1 point

Parkers Prairie 50,

Ashby 39

PARKERS PRAIRIE – Nori – 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Noga – 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Warren – 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Bunde – 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Dreger – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Guenther – 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Carlson – 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists; Burquest – 5 points, 11 rebounds

ASHBY – Amber Sundal – 2 points; Paige Nelson – 2 points; Kerstyn Schroeder – 4 points; Cassandra Jordan – 8 points; Madison VanSanten – 17 points; Sarah Anderson – 2 points; Abbi Ras – 2 points

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Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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