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CARNEY — Carney-Nadeau (4-0) continued her early-season success in Tuesday night’s Skyline Central Conference women’s basketball game against Superior Central (2-2) with a 68-14 win.

Tessa Wagner led the Wolves offense with a double-double on the night, picking up 30 points and 12 rebounds. Wagner was also perfect with her shots all night, missing just one shot from the field and a free throw.

“I told (the team) this is as close to a perfect half as I’ve seen in a long time,” said CN coach Ken Linder. “I’m very proud of them. I caught up with them a bit this week on our attacking execution and that extra pass, and we did a really good job in the first half.

“We got a lot of good looks from Tessa and the outside, so I couldn’t be happier with our efforts.”

Linder noted Wagner’s performance on both sides of the ball, mostly in defense – alongside Shae Linder – to take away the talented Riley Johnson and Emma Rutter from Superior Central.

“She really did it tonight on both sides,” he said. “Riley Johnson is truly a fantastic player. Our goal was to take her with Emma Rutter, and Tessa and Shea did a great job of doing that.

Grace Maule also had a solid night scoring 14 points for Carney (4-0).

Wolves’ plan to stifle the Cougars (2-2) worked, according to SC coach Skip Rutter.

“We arrived with a game plan, and we didn’t execute anything and we never went into our attack,” Rutter said. “I felt like maybe we were a little shocked.”

Coach Rutter and the Cougars knew going into the game stopping Wagner would be a near impossible task.

“Of course we knew going to Wagner was going to have a game,” said the Cougars coach. “Our plan wasn’t to stop her at all but to make it difficult for her, and we didn’t even do that. But she had a hell of a game tonight.

Charlotte Charlebois, Riley Johnson and Alice Hancock all had four points for Superior Central, while Emma Rutter had two.

For Superior Central, a home game against the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears awaits them on Friday. Coach Rutter hopes the Cougars can use the time before the game to get back on their feet and perform well.

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