TRIMONT - Martin County West sophomore Taryn Tumbleson stepped to the free throw line with the game tied 63-all and 22 seconds remaining during Thursday night's nonconference basketball game with Jackson County Central in Trimont.
After being fouled on a shot in the lane, Tumbleson was attempting to give the Mavericks back the lead.
Tumbleson, who scored a team-leading 14 points, swished the pair of charity tosses to make it 65-63 en route to a 67-63 victory over the Huskies.
BANKING IT — Martin County West’s Libbie Lange (45) banks in a basket between Jackson County Central defenders Angela Handzus (3) and Lydia Brandt (32) during nonconference basketball action on Thursday night in Trimont. The Huskies’ Kaylee Burmeister (4) looks on. Photo by Leanna Becker
"They hit a couple big shots and free throws at the end of the game, and we did, too," said Martin County West head coach Roger Taylor. "I'm just glad we were able to come out with a win."
Kate Thiesse then made her biggest play of the night for the Mavericks, blocking the potential game-tying shot by the Huskies' point guard.
Marita Rasche, a JCC senior guard, drove the length of the court on the inbound pass following Tumbleson's free throws and weaved through MCW's full-court press. Rasche then shot a runner from the elbow that Thiesse aptly swatted away and into the hands of Tumbleson with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
The MCW point guard dribbled for control to center court and then fired a pass to Williamson, who was quickly fouled and sent to the free throw line for a pair of double-bonus free throws with six seconds remaining on the clock.
Williamson drained the pair to give the Mavericks a four-point lead and the Huskies' desperation shot at the buzzer sailed off the mark to give the black-and-blue the slim victory.
"With about eight minutes left in the game, it felt like about eight seconds should've been left on the clock," said Taylor. "It was an exciting and intense game in the second half."
The Huskies, who trailed 27-18 at half, came out firing on all cylinders after the break. JCC shot just 7 of 29 from the floor and made 4 of 8 from the free throw line in the opening 18 minutes.
In the second half, Kaylee Burmeister and the Huskies' offense caught fire, shooting 14 of 34.
"They came out hard at us in the second half and really put us on our heels," said Taylor. "We played with more intensity than we have lately and that was good, but their intensity caught us off guard right away in the second half."
The added intensity showed in the Huskies' trapping pressure, causing the Mavericks to commit 14 turnovers and allowed the Huskies to get back in the game.
One of Rasche's six rebounds and an outlet pass led to a Rachel Johnson lay-up before a foul sent her to the free throw line, where she completed the 3-point play with just under 11 minutes to play to get the Huskies within one at 39-38.
Johnson came off the bench to help lead the Huskies, scoring 17 points - with 12 coming in the second half.
Burmeister then gave the Huskies their first lead with two of her 13 points in a double-double effort that included 12 rebounds. The guard powered up through a MCW defender, and drew the foul, sinking the free throw for the 3-point play to make it 41-39 with 10:19 left to play.
Johnson and Burmeister each scored big numbers in the second half to help the Huskies claw their way back into the game.
Lydia Brandt led the way for JCC, scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Tumbleson scored 14 points for the Mavericks, Williamson finished with 13 points, while both Madyson Larson and Libbie Lange tallied 11 points in the game.
Thiesse finished with nine points, including two free throws with 50 seconds remaining in the game, to help MCW maintain a 63-61 lead.
Martin County West (17-2, 10-2 Valley) plays host to Nicollet in the Valley Conference Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Jackson County Central (8-14) travels for a 6 p.m. game in Pipestone on Friday Feb. 8.
Fairmont 48, St. James 36 - Freshman post player Courtney Mosloski and sophomore power forward Alex Christianson each produced double-double performances to engineer the Cardinals' 12-point victory over the Saints during South Central Conference action Thursday night in St. James.
With Fairmont 6-foot-1 junior center Kayla Lardy out due to illness, Mosloski and Christianson each generated 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mosloski also pocketed three steals.
Kristen Campe scored 13 points to top the Cardinals' winning ways to go with three steals, while teammate Emily Kim generated five points, five steals and four rebounds.
Sierra Schultz tallied four points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals for Fairmont, which hit 20 of 54 shots from 2-point range and 2 of 6 from both 3-point distance and the free throw line.
Julia Beckius scored a game-high 16 points for St. James, while teammate Emily Hurley chipped in eight points.
Fairmont (7-11, 3-4 SCC) travels to Pipestone on Saturday for a 4 p.m. nonconference game.
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Emily Kim collected 18 points to propel Fairmont to a 47-27 triumph over St. James during B-squad action Thursday in St. James.
Haley Harder supplied 12 points and seven steals for the Cardinals, while Sydney Glienke chipped in 10 points.
Marisa Nelson netted 14 points to top Fairmont's 39-28 victory over St. James during C-squad action Thursday in St. James.
Emily Kloeckner and Marissa Voss each netted six points for the Cardinals, Katelyn Noah scored five, while Larissa Becker added four points.
Truman 41, Madelia 37 - Brooke McDonald delivered a game-leading double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds to steer the Bluejays to a four-point non-league victory over the Blackhawks on Thursday in Truman.
Beth Kotewa pulled down eight rebounds for Truman, Emily Zaharia distributed five assists and Cleo Maloney pocketed five steals.
Carina Aguilar scored 14 points to top Madelia.
Truman (2-19) plays host to Maple River on Monday night in the first round of the Valley Conference Showcase.
Cleveland 68, Martin Luther 53 - Taylor Holicky erupted for a game-leading 37 points to sail the Clippers to a 15-point nonconference victory over the Knights on Thursday night in Cleveland.
Catie Sherman netted 12 points and six rebounds to pace Martin Luther, while teammate Kayley Shoen supplied 11 points, four assists and three steals.
Martin Luther (9-8) opens the Valley Conference Showcase on Monday night against a team and a location to be determined.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain 47, St. Clair 45 - The Mustangs rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to edge the Cyclones by two points during a rescheduled Valley Conference clash on Thursday night in East Chain.
Amanda Cegelske produced seven rebounds, five assists and five steals to top GHEC, while teammate Anna Balcom delivered eight rebounds and five steals.
No individual point totals were reported.
The Mustangs made 13 of 33 shots from 2-point range, 4 of 9 behind the 3-point arc and 9 for 23 at the free throw line.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (10-6, 7-4 Valley) plays host to St. Clair in first-round Valley Conference Showcase action on Monday in East Chain.
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