WINDOM - Austin Krumwiede and Cordell Weber delivered a potent 1-2 scoring punch to propel the Martin County West Mavericks to an 82-63 first-round victory over the Cleveland Clippers at the Windom Holiday Classic basketball tournament on Friday in Windom.
Martin County West (6-1) advances to face host Windom - a 69-48 opening-round winner over Fulda - in the tournament championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Windom. Cleveland plays Fulda in the third-place game at 6 p.m. tonight.
Krumwiede neared double-double territory by erupting for a co-game-high 29 points to go with eight rebounds, while Weber poured in 24 points - including 20 to help the Mavericks outscore the Clippers by a 47-33 margin during the second half.
Mitch Sitzmann produced 10 points, five assists and five rebounds for MCW, while teammate Kyle Brolsma contributed nine points and five boards.
Tommy Kraft exploded for a co-game-leading 29 points for Cleveland, while teammate Tyler Seitz chipped in 10 points.
Fulda 51, Blue Earth Area 40 - Amanda Schumacher and Melissa Gehl combined equally for 24 points to lift the Raiders to a 51-40 first-round triumph over the Bucs during the Windom Holiday Classic on Friday in Windom.
Fulda (8-2) advances to play host Windom at 4:30 p.m. today in the tournament championship game in Windom.
Blue Earth Area (5-2) faces Martin Luther at 3 p.m. today in the third-place game.
Krista Hassing collected a game-high 17 points and pulled down five rebounds to pace Blue Earth Area.
Jenna Stevermer netted 10 points, while Kaitlyn Olsen pocketed nine points and three steals for the Bucs, who made 17 of 57 field goals on the game.
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Windom 70, Martin Luther 67 - Rachel Sorensen poured in a game-leading 28 points to help the host Eagles fend off the Knights, 70-67, during first-round action in the Windom Holiday Classic on Friday night in Windom.
Windom advances to face Fulda at 4:30 p.m. today for the tournament championship, while Martin Luther (4-5) takes on Blue Earth Area in today's 3 p.m. third-place game.
Kelsey Hanefeld scored 21 points for Windom, which made 13 of 23 free throws on the game.
Kayley Shoen, Effie Bentz and Amber Schulz each tallied 15 points to pace Martin Luther's balanced attack.
Shoen also netted four rebounds and three steals, Bentz doled out four assists, while Schulz chipped in five rebounds and three steals.
The Knights connected on 26 of 60 field goals overall, including 4 of 10 from behind the 3-point arc, and added 11 of 19 from the free throw line.