WINDOM - Fairmont junior guard Mitch Pfingsten tipped off the Minnesota prep basketball season with an incredible shooting performance on Saturday night.
Pfingsten erupted for a game-best 32 points to help power the Class 2A, No. 4-ranked Cardinals to a 70-60 nonconference victory over the Windom Area Eagles in Windom.
Pfingsten scorched the nets on 6-for-12 shooting from 2-point range, 4 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc and 8 of 10 at the free throw line.
The 6-foot-1 sharpshooter, who netted a career-best 37 points against Luverne on Feb. 24, also garnered six rebounds and distributed four assists in the Cardinals' season-opening triumph.
Junior forward Jay Ruen produced a double-double performance of 10 points and 10 rebounds for Fairmont, while teammate Levi Becker contributed eight points and six rebounds to the win.
Ruen sank 8 of 9 free throws to help pace the Cardinals' 19-for-24 performance from the line, while his 10 boards ignited Fairmont's 30-15 rebounding edge on the game.
The Cardinals made 18 of 36 shots from 2-point distance, while hitting only 5 of 23 from behind the arc.
Andy Pfeffer scored 21 points, while teammate Collin Lovell tallied 17 for Windom Area.
The Eagles hit 10 of 25 shots from inside the arc, 7 of 13 from 3-point range and 19 of 33 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (1-0) travels to Worthington on Tuesday night for another nonconference game.
Truman/Martin Luther 60, Madelia 35 - Truman/Martin Luther senior Cade Ekstrom scored a game-high 17 points and made three steals to lead T/ML to a 60-35 win over the Madelia Blackhawks in the Tipoff Tournament Championship on Saturday in Madelia.
Chandler Greier netted 12 points, while DaMarko Thomas scored 10 points and snared eight rebounds.
Sam Geistfeld tallied nine points and grabbed 10 boards for T/ML.
Truman/Martin Luther (2-0) plays host to New Ulm Cathedral on Tuesday night in Truman.
Albert Lea 62, Fairmont 58 - Sydney Rehneit scored a game-high 23 points to help the Tigers scratch the Cardinals, 62-58, during non-league action Saturday in Albert Lea.
Bryn Woodside contributed 16 points to Albert Lea's winning effort.
Sophomore power forward Alex Christianson and junior center Kayla Lardy each produced double-double performances to top Fairmont.
Christianson generated team-best totals of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Lardy netted 16 points and 11 boards.
Kristen Campe scored nine points for the Cardinals, Sierra Schultz contributed six points and three assists, Sierra Schrader scored five and Tracy Thiesse added four points.
The Cardinals made 17 of 50 shots from 2-point range, 3 of 5 behind the 3-point arc and an incredible 13 of 17 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (0-3, 0-1 South Central) plays host to Worthington at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym.
A. Lea 31-31-62
Albert Lea edged Fairmont in B-squad action, 41-40, on Saturday in Albert Lea.
Courtney Mosloski collected a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds to top the Cardinals, while teammate Cassidy Krusemark generated nine points and 11 rebounds.
Sophie Shelgren chipped in five points for Fairmont, while Haley Harder generated six steals.
The Fairmont B-squad (1-2) plays host to Worthington at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.
Katelyn Noah scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds to help pace Fairmont's 38-12 victory over Albert Lea during C-squad action on Saturday in Albert Lea.
Marisa Nelson supplied seven points and four rebounds to the Cardinals' winning ways; Sophie Brau generated four points, five rebounds and three steals; while Marissa Voss added six rebounds and three steals.