Fairmont ‘steals’ hoops win from Windom

DRIVING RUNNER — Fairmont’s Taylor Crissinger (red jersey) pulls up off the drive for a jumpshot over Windom’s Delaney Smith (42) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Windom’s Maurissa Isaacs (2) watches the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont hybrid forward Taylor Crissinger redefined the basketball term ‘double-double’ during Tuesday night’s Big South Conference clash with Windom at Cardinal Gym.

Crissinger produced a traditional game-high double-double performance of 20 points and 12 rebounds to help engineer the Cardinals’ 49-34 triumph over the visiting Eagles.

Crissinger also played well at the defensive end to add a new twist to the cliched phrase by limiting high-scoring Windom forward Maurissa Isaacs to just four points.

“That’s where it all starts for us — at the defensive end,” said first-year Fairmont head coach Sara Junkermeier, who posted her first varsity basketball victory. “We (coaching staff) knew she (Isaacs) could score and Taylor did a nice job of limiting her looks at the basket.”

The 6-foot Crissinger not only played stifling defense but delivered nine of the Cardinals’ game-opening 11-2 run, with teammate Lexi Lunn contributing a steal-turned-layup to the tempo-setting surge.

Alli Lardy’s pair of free throws later extended Fairmont’s margin to 15-4 before Windom power forward Autumn Hauge answered with charity tosses for two of her team-best 16 points midway through the first half.

Brenna Cutler swooshed a 3-pointer from the left corner off a Whitney Scott assist to add to the Cardinals’ advantage a 23-10 before Eagles center Delaney Smith tossed in three straight field goals to whittle the visitors’ deficit to nine at 27-18.

Chloe Murphy, however, alertly picked up an errant Windom pass and found Fairmont guard Maggy Totzke up the court. The eighth-grade playmaker spotted a breaking Crissinger for the layup with 44 seconds left in the opening half to lead to an eventual 30-20 halftime edge.

The Eagles responded to open the second half with a mini-run behind Smith’s cutter to the low post off one of Isaacs’ three assists and later, Isaacs’ slashing leaner in the lane.

Ahead by seven, Claire Cutler and Crissinger combined forces in the paint to trigger a pivotal 13-0 offensive run to put the game out of reach at 45-25 with 7:20 left in regulation.

“When we picked up our defensive intensity during the early stages of the second half, it definitely made our offense run more smoothly,” said Junkermeier.

Claire Cutler converted two consecutive assists from Lunn into a low-post turnaround and a baseline leaner before Crissinger worked the offensive glass from a putback basket.

Claire Cutler threaded a pass to a cutting Lardy to the low post for a lay-in before the two Cardinal post players traded roles. Lardy hit Claire Cutler in stride for two of her 11 points off the bench before Brenna Cutler capped the double-digit run with a putback basket.

Brenna Cutler finished with seven points and six rebounds for Fairmont, Lardy tallied six points, six boards and three steals, while Lunn chipped in four points, a game-best five steals and a game-high four assists.

Isaacs topped Windom with 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Hauge added eight boards to complement her 16-point effort.

Fairmont (1-2) travels to Blue Earth Area for a 6 p.m. tipoff Thursday night, while Windom (1-3) plays host to Pipestone Area at 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Windom 20-14–34

Fairmont 30-19–49


B. Cutler 3-8 0-0 7, Crissinger 9-14 1-2 20, Lardy 1-5 4-4 6, Lunn 2-4 0-0 4, Totzke 0-2 0-0 0, C. Cutler 5-14 1-2 11, Murphy 0-1 1-2 1, Tonder 0-4 0-0 0, Scott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 7-10 49.


Isaacs 2-13 0-1 4, Hauge 5-13 6-7 16, Smith 4-8 0-0 8, Elder 0-3 0-1 0, Erickson 1-3 2-2 4, Vancura 1-1 0-0 2, Ogeka 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 8-11 34.

3-pointers: Fairmont 2-7 (B. Cutler 1-1, Crissinger 1-1, Totzke 0-2, Lunn 0-1, Murphy 0-1, Scott 0-1); Windom 0-5 (Isaacs 0-5). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Fairmont 33 (Crissinger 12); Windom 29 (Isaacs 11, Hauge 8). Assists: Fairmont 12 (Lunn 4); Windom 7 (Isaacs 3). Steals: Fairmont 16 (Lunn 5); Windom 8 (Isaacs 4).

Bryn Miller produced 16 points and 11 rebounds to guide Fairmont to a 36-18 victory over Windom during B-squad action Tuesday.

Kylee Harder supplied 10 points, six steals and four assists to the Cardinals’ winning ways.

Martin County West 73, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 54 — The Mavericks built on a 35-25 halftime lead to beat the Jaguars in Valley Conference action on Tuesday night in Granada.

Alyssa Williamson produced a game-best 22 points to complement five rebounds and five steals for MCW. Maia Taylor and Renae Eckmann combined equally for 16 rebounds, with Eckmann also contributing 15 points.

Mavericks guard Madison Klima totaled 12 points and Karlee Thiesse finished with eight rebounds and four steals on the night.

The Mavericks went 24-for-51 from 2-point range, 4-for-15 from beyond the arc and made 13 of 19 free throws.

Emma Becker led the Jaguars with 21 points, while Macy Quinn and Lydia Steinhaus netted 13 and nine points, respectively.

The Jaguars made 10 of 21 free throws.

Martin County West (2-1) hosts Cleveland at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Sherburn. The Jaguars (0-3) travel to Janesville on Friday to face JWP.

North Union 63, Forest City 49 — The Warriors held the Indians to seven second-quarter points en route to a 14-point Top of Iowa Conference win on Tuesday night in Forest City, Iowa.

The Warriors led 35-24 at the half.

Chloe Lofstrom produced a Warriors-best 19 points along with seven rebounds. Kate Anderson notched 13 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Hallie Reese netted 10 points with eight rebounds.

Breanna Anderson contributed eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to the Warriors’ effort. Samantha Hagedorn finished with 13 points and six assists.

The Warriors went 21-for-47 from the field, including 15-for-34 from 2-point range, and made 15 of 20 free throws.

North Union (4-0) plays Estherville-Lincoln Central at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Estherville, Iowa.

Boys Basketball

Forest City 67, North Union 28 — The Indians took a 39-point Top of Iowa Conference win over the Warriors on Tuesday night in Forest City, Iowa.

Riley Bauer topped the Warriors’ scoring effort with eight points, while teammates Robert Ortman and Hunter Pierce each had five rebounds. Pierce added five points.

The Warriors went 3-for-12 from 3-point range, making 9 of 45 field goals while going 7-for-12 at the charity stripe.

North Union (0-3) travels to Estherville, Iowa, for a non-league contest against Estherville-Lincoln Central at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jackson County Central 97, Truman/Martin Luther/GHEC 62 — Andrew Hesebeck poured in a game-best 24 points and teammate Rudy Voss scored 20 to power the Huskies to a 35-point non-league victory over the Jaguars on Monday night in Jackson.

Holding a narrow 44-39 lead at intermission, JCC outscored TMLGHEC by a 53-23 margin during the second half to pull away.

Zach Wolter scored 12 points to top the Jaguars, Quintin Greier netted 10 points and four rebounds, while Paxton Gravlin tallied 10 points.

James Schrunk produced eight points, distributed five assists and pocketed three steals for the Jaguars, while Cayden Fischer supplied six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Ryan Heckman added six points for the Jaguars, who made 15 of 28 field goals and 20 of 30 free throws on the game.

The Jaguars (1-2) travel to St. Clair on Thursday night.