Fairmont cagers down Belle Plaine in opener

Sam Schwieger

BELLE PLAINE — Senior guard Sam Schwieger poured in a game-best 24 points to engineer the Fairmont Cardinals’ season-opening 69-57 basketball triumph over the Belle Plaine Tigers on Saturday.

Trailing Belle Plaine 26-24 at halftime, Fairmont outscored the home team by a 45-31 margin in the second half to rally for the 12-point nonconference decision.

Schwieger scorched the nets on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Senior forward Brady Allen delivered all 17 of his points during the Cardinals’ second-half offensive surge to complement 12 rebounds for a double-double effort. Allen neared rare triple-double territory by also distributing eight assists.

Senior forward Wyatt Quiring tossed in 10 points to go with eight rebounds for Fairmont, while junior forward Dustin Schultz contributed 10 points to the winning ways.

Derek Missling chipped in five points and five rebounds for the Cardinals, who connected on 25 of 56 field goals for 54 percent overall, including 6 of 13 from behind the arc for 46 percent. Fairmont also hit 13 of 23 free throws.

Allen’s dozen boards paced the Cardinals’ 38-23 rebounding edge.

Fairmont limited Belle Plaine to 20 of 57 shooting from the floor overall for 35 percent, including just 6 of 25 from behind the bonus arc. The Tigers added 11 of 16 from the charity stripe.

Fairmont (1-0) travels to Montgomery tonight to face Tri-City United.

Fairmont 24-45–69

Belle Plaine 26-31–57

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 54, Truman/ Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain 47 — Sam Eustice scored a game-high 21 points to guide the Bulldogs to a seven-point win over the Jaguars during the Tipoff Tournament’s championship game on Saturday in Northrop.

Andrew Fisel and Mychal Fisel each contributed 12 points each to JWP’s winning ways.

Isaac Johnson topped the Jaguars’ scoring effort with 13 points, while teammate James Schrunk supplied eight points, six rebounds and three assists.

Mason Maloney neared double-double territory by scoring eight points to go with nine rebounds for the Jaguars, while Cayden Fischer delivered six points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Zach Wolter doled out eight assists and pocketed five steals for the Jaguars, who made 11 of 27 shots from 2-point range, 7 of 18 shots from behind the 3-point arc and 4 of 9 at the free throw line.

The Jaguars (1-1) travel to Jackson County Central tonight for a non-league game.

JWP 23-31–54

TMLG 22-25–47

Girls Basketball

North Union 83, Nashua-Plainfield 27 — Sophomore post player Chloe Lofstrom poured in a game-best 23 points to power the Warriors to a 56-point rout over the Huskies on Saturday in Nashua, Iowa.

Hallie Reese delivered 17 points to North Union’s winning effort, while Samantha Hagedorn and Kate Anderson supplied 12 and seven points, respectively.

The Warriors stormed out to a 23-3 first-quarter edge before building a 53-11 halftime advantage.

North Union (3-0) travels to Forest City, Iowa, for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday night.

NU 23 30 16 14 — 83

NP 3 8 3 13 — 27

Blue Earth Area 58, Redwood Valley 43 — Caitlin Rorman delivered a game-best 19 points to power the Bucs to a 15-point Big South Conference Showcase victory over the Cardinals on Saturday in Worthington.

Lindsey Norman contributed 12 points to Blue Earth Area’s winning ways, while Reegan Howard supplied eight points.

Haley Garman scored 16 points to pace Redwood Valley.

The Bucs, which sank 7 of 10 free throws on the game, held the Cardinals to only 18 second-half points.

Blue Earth Area (2-0) travels to Lake Crystal tonight for a non-league game.

Red. Valley 25-18–43

B.E. Area 32-26–58

Luverne 63, Fairmont 55 — Sierra Schmuck tossed in a game-best 19 points to guide Luverne to an eight-point Big South Showcase victory over Fairmont on Saturday in Worthington.

Forward Taylor Crissinger produced solid all-around numbers of 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Fairmont, while Maggy Totzke and Lexi Lunn each contributed 10 points.

Brenna Cutler tallied eight points and six rebounds for Fairmont, while Alli Lardy chipped in seven points and seven boards.

Fairmont made 8 of 13 free throws and 20 of 56 field goals, including 7 of 17 behind the 3-point arc.

Fairmont (0-2) plays host to Windom Area on Tuesday night.

Fairmont 24-31–55

Luverne 28-35–63