The NRHEG girls' basketball team has its sights set on a return to the state 2-A tournament this season after taking 3rd place in 2012.
The Panthers are currently ranked number two in double-A with a 24-1 record.
That includes a perfect 14-0 Gopher Conference season.
Head coach John Schultz says the team returned most of last year's starters led by Golden Gopher recruit Carlie Wagner.
The players that they graduated have been more than replaced with Wagner's younger twin 8th grade sisters Maddie and Marnie to go along with center Paige Overgaard that all came off a J-V squad that went 23-1 last year.
Schultz says the extra players make this year's Panthers more athletic than last season.
Schultz says the pressure of the undefeated season was taken off early when the Panthers blew a 12 point halftime lead to lose to 3-A's 4th ranked team from Chaska.
He said that was a good loss, because the team learned a lot.
Now they just have to deal with the pressure of being the team everyone wants to beat.
NRHEG wraps up the regular season tomorrow at Tri-City United.