FAIRMONT - Junior center Kayla Lardy recorded her seventh double-double performance of the season to lead the Fairmont Cardinals to a 48-43 nonconference basketball victory over the Jackson County Central Huskies on Monday night.
Lardy, who scored eight of her 12 points in the first half to go with 11 rebounds on the game, scored a crucial basket with the Cardinals leading by three in the final 6 minutes of regulation.
Alex Christianson, who scored a co-game-high 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds, sent a bounce pass into a heavily-guarded Lardy for the lay-in and the foul with 6 minutes left to extend Fairmont's lead to 40-35.
OFF & RUNNING — Fairmont guard Sierra Schultz (33) outsprints Jackson County Central’s Julia Schumann (back left) and Sarah Brandt upcourt after making a steal during non-league basketball action Monday night in Fairmont. Photo by Leanna Becker
Lardy missed the free throw, but Haley Harder snuck in for the offensive rebound and putback basket to give the Cardinals a seven-point lead to help stop the Huskies' late run.
"I was really happy with a win tonight," said Fairmont head coach Don Waletich. "I know we missed about 15 baskets inside and missed some free throws and that could have been better, but we'll definitely take this win."
JCC trailed by five at halftime before Fairmont went on a 9-2 run to open up the second half to take a 28-15 lead through the first 3 minutes.
The Huskies then mounted a comeback on the strength of second-half scoring by Kaylee Burmeister and Julia Schumann.
"We knew that Burmeister and Schumann could make some problems for us, but I thought we did well defensively on them," Waletich said in reference to holding Burmeister to just 12 points and Schumann to six.
Schumann stole a pass at midcourt with 13:34 in the second half and drove in for the the layup to inch the Huskies within six.
Burmeister then sank a layup and a long 2-pointer from just inside the top of the key to put the Huskies within four with 7 minutes to go.
Lardy's critical basket stopped the Huskies' momentum and helped the Cardinals prevail down the stretch.
JCC's Lydia Brandt scored seven of her co-game high 13 points and grabbed four of her team-high seven boards in the second half.
Tracy Thiesse and Lardy helped the Cardinals generate a halftime lead during the game's waning minutes.
Thiesse sank a quick shot off of an inbound pass from Lardy to take a 15-14 lead with 2:30 left in the half.
Lardy then scored on back-to-back possessions inside the paint to give Fairmont a 19-14 lead with a minute to go before halftime.
Kristen Campe scored nine points, including seven in the second half, while Sierra Schultz tabbed six points and doled out three assists for the Cardinals.
Fairmont (3-9) travels to Blue Earth Area for a 6 p.m. game on Friday.
Marisa Nelson produced 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals to help engineer Fairmont's 45-28 victory over Jackson County Central during C-squad action Saturday.
Marissa Voss contributed 12 points and five steals to the Cardinals' win, while Emily Kloeckner chipped in four points and five rebounds.
Martin Luther 61, Truman 39 - Hunter Payne scored a game-high 15 points and Effie Bentz scored 13 to guide the Knights to a 61-39 nonconference victory over the Bluejays on Monday in Northrop.
Payne was nearly perfect from the free throw line by making 7 of 8, while gathering four rebounds and dishing out two assists.
Bentz also grabbed four boards, made four steals and doled out five assists for the Knights.
Samantha Meade pulled down a team-best six rebounds and made three assists for Martin Luther.
Cleo Maloney scored a team-high nine points and made three steals for the Bluejays, while Brooke McDonald scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 14 boards.
Emily Zaharia, Beth Kotewa and Alissa Voyles each netted six points for Truman, with Kotewa and Voyles pulling down six and five rebounds, respectively.
Zaharia also distributed four assists and made three steals for the Bluejays.
Martin Luther (7-6, 4-3 Valley) hosts Maple River tonight in Northrop.
Truman (1-14) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Thursday night.
M. Luther 32-29-61