SHERBURN - Fairmont senior Kristen Campe swished four three pointers for all of her 12 points, but none was bigger than the one that she drilled from the corner with 40 seconds left in regulation to give the Cardinals a 55-54 lead.
Kayla Lardy then hit one of two free throws to take a 56-54 lead with 20 seconds left.
After Martin County West senior Kate Thiesse hit a runner in the lane to send the game into overtime, Courtney Mosloski swished a baseline jumper to give the Cardinals a 62-58 edge in the extra time.
OVER THE DEFENSE — Fairmont center Kayla Lardy (53) elevates over Martin County West defenders McKenna Taylor (5) and Madyson Larson to deliver an assist to Cardinal teammate Courtney Mosloski (45) during nonconference basketball action Friday night in Sherburn. Fairmont’s Sierra Schultz (33) and MCW’s Taryn Tumbleson (11) look on. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Fairmont held off the the Mavericks late effort to clinch the 64-61 nonconference victory on Friday in Sherburn.
"The players really kept their composure so well in this game, and they did everything we asked of them," said Fairmont head coach Don Waletich. "We hit some clutch free throws down the stretch and very good defense. It was a good game though on both sides."
Each time the Cardinals had been within striking distance of taking the lead, the Mavericks responded with a defensive stop and a flurry of points to keep Fairmont at bay. It wasn't until Campe's critical trey from the corner that the Cardinals finally had an edge.
Fairmont's Alex Christianson, who went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, edged the Cardinals within striking distance with one minute 19 seconds left in regulation, swishing a pair of charity tosses to make it 54-52.
Then on the defensive end, Kayla Lardy blocked Reilly Geistfeld's shot and sent a pass to Emily Kim. Kim brought the ball up and after Fairmont worked the ball around, Lardy zipped a pass to the corner to Campe.
Campe, who sank 4 of 6 from behind the arc, hit the 3 to give Fairmont the lead, before Lardy was fouled on a rebound in the Mavericks' end.
Lardy banked in the first to go ahead 56-54, but missed the second with Martin County West's Madyson Larson grabbing the ball for one of her eight rebounds.
The Mavericks' Taryn Tumbleson missed a shot at a 3 to win the game, and Lardy was fouled on the rebound.
This time, Lardy would miss both attempts and with Geistfeld snaring the rebound and firing it to Thiesse, she had time for one last shot.
Thiesse, who scored a game-high 23 points, hit the runner to send the game into an extra session.
"We knew that it'd be a tough game, but one of the things we told the girls was that we learn better in games like this than in the blowouts," said Martin County West head coach Rodger Taylor. "This was a tough loss, but this game will prepare us very well for games later on in the season."
The Cardinals jumped out to the early lead in overtime, thanks to a Sierra Schultz jumper along the baseline at the three minute mark.
Tumbleson, who scored 12 points for the Mavericks, was fouled on the ensuing MCW possession, but missed both free throws and Mosloski grabbed the ball for one of her game-high 16 boards for the Cardinals.
The Mavericks kept the Cardinals from scoring on the next possession and Thiesse sank another floater in the lane with 1:30 left in the overtime to even the game at 58-58.
"With such a close game, it's hard to keep the emotions in check and we missed some free throws. But a game like this is supposed to be fun, and it was I think for everyone," said Taylor.
Kim made 5 of 6 free throws in the overtime, including a pair at the 1:20 juncture to give Fairmont the 60-58 lead.
Mosloski, who scored a team-leading 13 points, sank a jumper along the baseline with one minute left to increase the Cardinal lead to 62-58.
"Courtney was great for us tonight. She gives us that spark we need and she's really getting in rhythm," said Waletich. "We thought she could match up well against their post players, and she was able to play a big game for us tonight."
Geistfeld was fouled going up for a rebound on the other end, and made one of two free throw attempts to keep the Mavericks close at 62-59.
Thiesse grabbed the rebound, and was fouled on the put back. The Maverick senior swished both free throws, making it 62-61 with 40.1 seconds left.
Kim then iced the victory for the Cardinals. After getting fouled, Kim swished another pair of free throws to put Fairmont up 64-61 with 34.4 seconds left.
The Mavericks were unable to score in the final seconds and Fairmont held on for the win.
Kim finished with nine points for Fairmont in the win, while Christianson netted 12 for the Cardinals.
Ellie Kuehl scored 13 points, while Geistfeld added five and grabbed seven rebounds for the Mavericks.
Fairmont (7-1, 2-0 South Central) travels to play Braham at the St. Cloud Tech Invite at 4 p.m. next Friday in St. Cloud.
Martin County West (6-1, 4-0 Valley) travels to play Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at 4:15 p.m. next Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Martin County West held Fairmont to just 14 points as the Mavericks beat the Cardinals 41-14 during B-squad action on Friday in Sherburn.
Maia Taylor scored eight points, while Sierra Williamson added six for the Mavericks offense.
Marisa Nelson and Abby Fitzgerald each scored four points to top the Cardinals.
Alexis Bass added three rebounds and made three steals in the game.
The Fairmont Cardinals edged the Martin County West Mavericks 23-22 during C-squad action on Friday in Sherburn.
Brooke Hunwardsen scored seven points and had five steals to pace the Cardinal offense.
Claire Cutler added six points for Fairmont, while Alli Lardy grabbed eight rebounds.
Harris-Lake Park 48, North Union 39 - Noreen Morrow scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Wolves over the Warriors 48-39 on Friday in Armstrong.
Sarah Rolling scored a team-leading 10 points to go along with three steals to lead the Warriors offensive efforts.
Alexis Valvick and Dena Looft each scored seven points, with Looft also adding four rebounds in the game.
Madison Irmiter pulled down three boards and doled out three assists for the Warrriors who made 11 of 33 attempts from inside the arc.
The Warriors also sank 5 of 9 from the free throw line and made 4 of 20 from three.
North Union (5-3, 2-1 Corn Belt) hosts West Hancock in a 6 p.m. game on Monday Jan. 6 in Armstrong.