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CHALLENGING THE SHOT — Fairmont’s Derek Missling (24) scores the low-post basket despite being challenged by Martin County West’s Wyatt Geistfeld during non-league action Tuesday night in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Brady Allen (5), along with the Mavericks’ Matt Holm (10) and Cole Owens, watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont boys basketball team has pocketed five straight wins after taking down the Martin County West Mavericks, 57-31, during nonconference action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym.

“When you get one, the confidence grows and the guys are getting more confident. We’re not a finished product yet, but we’re getting better every game and every half and that’s a positive,” Cardinals head coach Jared Thompson said.

Mavericks forward Cole Owens hit a 3 to start the game, but the Cardinals scored six consecutive points to garner a lead they maintained for the rest of the game. Guard Sam Schwieger stole the ball away for two fastbreak points before nailing a jumper for the 8-3 score at the 13:25 mark.

“I thought he attacked the basket better, a little more under control attacking and getting some inside shots to go,” Thompson said. “He didn’t have great rhythm from the 3, but he got in spots where he does have confidence right now, and I thought he finished around the hoop really well.”

Mavericks junior center Logan Ebeling managed to drop in a shot, but Cardinals junior guard Nate Kallenbach passed to senior center Walker Tordsen for the floater to double the score, 10-5.

With 10:16 remaining in the half, Cardinals sophomore center Lucas Denney knocked in a layup. Tordsen then found Schwieger cutting to the hoop for a quick lay-in.

“Our big guys are such good passers, so if you cut and you move they’re going to find you. That’s the nice thing about our bigs is that they share the ball,” Thompson said. “Our guards are starting to figure out they’re going to be able to get some open looks. If those big guys touch it, they will get it back to you.

Schwieger, who finished with a game-high 14 points, made two shots at the free throw line to send the Cardinals up, 16-7, with 7:53 to go.

Junior forward Derek Missling added to the lead by banking in a shot off Schwieger’s inbound pass before beating everyone up court after a Cardinals’ defensive rebound and putting down a baby dunk.

Ebeling was able to get the Mavericks within 10 at the 5:30 mark with a layup to which the Cardinals responded with a 6-0 run. Schwieger nailed another jumper for a 22-10 score. He then rebounded Tordsen’s 3-point attempt and passed back to Tordsen, who settled for a closer-range jump shot. Missling, who contributed eight points, added another two at the charity stripe with 1:43 to go in the half.

Mavericks senior guard Josh Bjerken closed in on the Cardinals during the last 90 seconds of the game. He was able to get to the basket and notch a layup before adding another bucket to narrow the team’s deficit to 26-14 at the half.

“We gave them the momentum in the last two minutes. … So, getting off to a good start the second half was really important,” Thompson said.

The Cardinals used the first four minutes of the final frame to outscore the Mavericks, 11-4.

Senior guard Carter Lloyd later hit a 3-pointer to send the Cardinals up, 41-20. Junior guard Brady Allen also added a trey with 2:08 to go to seal the deal.

Fairmont (6-5) will have its biggest test on Friday night when the team travels to face undefeated Waseca.

“Waseca’s got a lot of talent. We know we’ve got a heck of a ball team waiting for us,” Thompson said.

Martin County West (2-8) plays host to Madelia in a Valley Conference contest at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night in Sherburn.

Martin Co. West      14-17–31

Fairmont                  26-31–57


Sam Schwieger 6-14 2-2 14, Walker Tordsen 6-9 0-0 12, Derek Missling 3-6 2-2 8, Brady Allen 2-3 0-0 5, Nate Kallenbach 1-3 2-5 4, Carter Lloyd 1-2 0-0 3, Tyler Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Wyatt Quiring 1-1 0-0 2, Carter Klanderud 1-1 0-0 2, Dustin Schultz 0-1 0-0 0, Christian Burmeister 0-1 0-0 0, Giovanni Barrientos 0-1 0-0 0, Darrin Thingstad 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden Berhow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 7-11 57.


Karter Janssen 4-6 0-0 8, Logan Ebeling 3-5 0-1 6, Cam Dressen 2-4 0-0 4, Josh Bjerken 2-5 0-0 4, Wyatt Geistfeld 1-6 1-2 3, Cole Owens 1-6 0-0 3, Matt Holm 1-5 0-0 2, Colby Williamson 0-0 1-2 1, Kooper Janssen 0-2 0-0 0, Andrew Ringnell 0-4 0-0 0, Noah Ringnell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-43 2-5 31.

3-pointers: Fairmont 2-14 (Lloyd 1-2, Allen 1-2, Kallenbach 0-1, Tordsen 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Burmeister 0-1, Schwieger 0-6); Martin County West 1-14 (Owens 1-5, Kooper Janssen 0-2, Geistfeld 0-2, Bjerken 0-2, Holm 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Fairmont 24 (Tordsen 9); Martin County West 18 (Holm, Geistfeld, Ebeling and Dressen 3 each). Assists: Fairmont 5; Martin County West 4. Steals: Fairmont 3; Martin County West 1.

Nick Eversman scored 13 points in Fairmont’s 42-33 win over Martin County West during B-squad action Tuesday.

Dustin Schultz contributed eight points for the Cardinals, while Pete Ortega added seven points.

Fairmont’s C-squad defeated Martin County West, 32-17, Tuesday in Fairmont.

Carson Toomer scored nine points and Jacob Roberts had seven points.

Jackson County Central 89, Blue Earth Area 40 — The Class 2A, No. 6-ranked Huskies had five double-digit scorers and hit 13-for-26 from 3-point range in the Big South Conference win over the Bucs on Tuesday in Jackson.

Easton Bahr led the Huskies with a game-best 15 points, which included four treys. Chris Gumto, who crashed the boards for nine rebounds, and Rudy Voss each produced 13 points. Nico Feroni finished with 11 points, and Jacob Christopher contributed 10 points and five assists.

Ryan Christopher added in eight points and 10 rebounds for JCC, which went 20-for-32 from 2-point distance and 10-for-17 at the free throw line. The Huskies built a 46-22 lead at the half.

Collin Bell supplied the Bucs with a team-leading 12 points. Jacob Vasked scored 11 points and Austin Thielfoldt chipped in nine points. Blake Barnett totaled seven assists for the Bucs.

Blue Earth Area (3-7) travels to New Ulm for another conference game on Friday, while Jackson County Central (10-2) plays at St. Clair on Saturday.

Girls Basketball

Marshall 51, Fairmont 33 — Natalie Petrich managed 17 points in the Tigers’ 18-point win over the Cardinals during Big South Conference action Tuesday in Marshall.

Claire Cutler contributed 11 points to the Cardinals’ scoring effort. Lexi Lunn added five points, while Taylor Crissinger, Brenna Cutler and Brooke Hunwardsen totaled four points. Crissinger also eight rebounds, while Brenna Cutler recorded five rebounds and three assists, and Hunwardsen thieved five steals.

Kylee Harder chipped in three points for Fairmont, which made 11 of 21 2-point buckets, 3 of 9 3-point shots and went 2-for-7 at the charity stripe.

Marshall (6-6) hosts St. Peter on Thursday, and Fairmont (7-6) hosts Waseca on Friday.

Marshall defeated Fairmont, 32-17, during C-squad play Tuesday. Bryn Miller had seven points for Fairmont.

Martin County West 56, Blue Earth Area 54 — Alyssa Williamson hit two free throws with 12 seconds to go in the game to give the Mavericks the two-point win over the Bucs on Tuesday in Trimont.

Alyssa Williamson finished with a game-leading 15 points and four assists. Sierra Williamson poured in 14 points and five rebounds. Maia Taylor added on eight points and a Mavericks-best six rebounds, while Hunter Wrightson doled out three assists to complement seven points.

The Mavericks went 19-for-46 from the field, including 15 of 33 from 2-point distance, and 14-for-25 at the foul line.

Caitlin Rorman led the Bucs with 13 points, and Sidney Blair scored 12 points. Samantha Barslou and Lindsey Norman recorded 10 and nine points, respectively.

Overall, the Bucs made 13 of 18 free throw shots.

Blue Earth Area (5-7) hosts New Ulm on Friday in Blue Earth. Martin County West (7-3) plays Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton on Friday night in Janesville.