The Austin Packers girls basketball team started off the 2024 portion of their schedule against the Rochester Mayo Spartans, the first-place team in the Big 9 Conference at Ove Berven Gym Thursday evening, and in a game that saw a record-breaking performance from junior guard Ajiem Agwa, and a second-half rally by the Packers, the Spartans had four players score in double figures as they were able to hold on for a 75-72 victory.

Agwa became the first female player in school history to score 40 points in a game Thursday evening, eclipsing the previous record set by Teresa Lang in 1993.  Agwa was 14 for 20 from the field for the game, including 5 for 6 from behind the 3-point arc, and she was 7 for 8 from the free throw line on her way to the 40-point night.  Agwa narrowly missed a double-double as she also added eight rebounds, and she also dished out two assists.  Quinn Osgood was also in double figures in scoring Thursday night with 16 points, plus she added six rebounds and one assist, Marissa Shute totaled seven points, six rebounds and three assists, Nora Sand tallied four points, Atee Obang scored three points, and Addison Walsh chipped in two points and four rebounds as the Packers nearly battled all the way back from a 41-26 halftime deficit.

With the loss, Austin is now 3-7 overall on the season and 2-5 in the Big 9 Conference, and the Packers return to action in Mankato Saturday night versus the West Scarlets in a Big 9 Conference tilt, with the varsity tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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