Cardinal cagers sink 3s, Trojans

SINKING A TREY — Fairmont’s Sam Schwieger elevates before drilling one of his four 3-pointers over Worthington defender OD Othow (13) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals combined accurate long-range shooting with stifling first-half defense to offset the Worthington Trojans’ overall height advantage during Tuesday night’s basketball clash at Cardinal Gym.

Guard/forward Sam Schwieger and post player Brady Allen each produced double-double performances to power Fairmont to a 54-45 Big South Conference triumph over Worthington.

“I thought we rebounded well after the first seven and a half minutes of the first half,” Cardinal head coach Jared Thompson said in reference to the Trojans’ six offensive caroms during the prior span. “Our flex defense, with five guys 6-foot-2 each across the board, did a nice job of communicating on switches, didn’t give them clean looks on 3s and made Worthington struggle to get the ball into the post.”

Trailing 14-11 after OD Othow’s runner in traffic, Thompson called timeout at the 5:36 juncture of the opening half to trigger an incredible 22-3 run that bridged intermission.

Schwieger, who finished with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, nailed one of his four 3-pointers off one of Allen’s three assists to knot the game at 14-all with 5 minutes left before halftime.

Othow, who produced a team-leading double-double of 15 points and 11 boards, converted a traditional 3-point play off a baseline drive to stake the Trojans to a 17-14 lead.

Allen, who generated 19 points and 10 boards, combined forces with Schwieger and Wyatt Quiring to reel off 19 consecutive points to build a 33-17 margin by the 15-minute mark in the second half.

Schwieger converted Nick Eversman’s assist into a floater in the lane before Eversman spotted Allen and Quiring for back-to-back 3s at the top of the key.

Schwieger then made the transformation from scorer to passer by threading the needle on a pass to a cutting Allen for a low-post lay-in before Schwieger found Allen for a left-wing 3 at the 1-minute mark for a 27-17 lead going into the lockerroom.

Quiring then delivered half of his game-best four assists to Schwieger on a cutter in traffic and Allen for his third trifecta of the game to pace a 16-point advantage.

Schwieger and Allen later converted one-and-one situations to help build a 49-31 edge with 3:23 remaining before Worthington made a late charge.

Power forward Tyler Linder, who was held scoreless in the first half, cashed in a traditional 3-point play en route to his 12-point performance to trigger the Trojans’ ensuing 12-1 run.

Othow hit a driving runner, Terbuto Ochothow sank Worthington’s only 3 of the game, Linder banked in a putback and 6-7 center Stewart Merrigan converted a backcourt theft into a dunk to whittle Fairmont’s lead to 50-43 with 1:50 to go.

Allen slammed the brakes on the Trojans’ comeback bid by sinking two free throws to help seal the league victory.

“We made just enough free throws down the stretch to win tonight,” said Thompson, whose lineup made 13 of 18 during the entire second half. “Hopefully, we do a better job at the line in the future in closing out games.”

Fairmont (4-1) plays host to St. Peter at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Cardinal Gym, while Worthington (2-3) plays host to Pipestone Area.

Worthington 17-28–45

Fairmont 27-27–54


Schultz 2-3 1-2 6, Quiring 1-5 0-0 3, Allen 4-13 8-10 19, Eversman 2-5 1-2 5, Schwieger 7-16 3-6 21, Hested 0-3 0-0 0, Myren 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 13-20 54.


Linder 5-9 2-4 12, Calmus 2-6 0-0 4, Merrigan 2-4 1-2 5, K. Ojulu 1-3 0-0 2, Ochothow 1-8 0-0 3, Othow 6-20 3-6 15, Huisman 1-3 0-2 2, Boneschans 0-2 2-2 2, O. Ojulu 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 8-16 45.

3-pointers: Fairmont 9-25 (Schwieger 4-9, Allen 3-7, Schultz 1-1, Quiring 1-4, Hested 0-3, Eversman 0-1); Worthington 1-12 (Ochothow 1-7, K. Ojulu 0-2, Othow 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Worthington 38 (Othow 11); Fairmont 33 (Schwieger 11, Allen 10). Assists: Fairmont 12 (Quiring 4, Eversman and Allen 3 each); Worthington 6 (Othow 3). Steals: Fairmont 9; Worthington 5.

Fairmont utilized a balanced scoring effort to double up Worthington, 48-24, during B-squad action Tuesday at Cardinal Gym.

Joey Flohrs and Jack Hested netted six points apiece to top the Cardinals, while Daniel Brummond contributed five points.

Martin County West 60, St. James 52 — The Mavericks earned their first win against the Saints on Tuesday night with an eight-point decision in St. James.

The Mavericks led the Saints, 31-22, at the break of the nonconference game.

Cole Owens earned a game-high 24 points to complement six rebounds for the Mavericks. Nick Beseke netted 15 points, Wyatt Geistfeld notched eight points for MCW.

Mavericks center Logan Ebeling crashed the boards for seven rebounds.

Parker Jones led the Saints with 14 points. Derrick Halvorson finished with 13 points and Colby Mohwinkel contributed eight points.

The Mavericks went 13-for-27 from 2-point range and 9-for-16 behind the 3-point line. The team also connected on 7 out of 13 free throws.

The Saints made 10 of 16 2-pointers, went 17-for-18 from 3-point distance and made 11 out of 17 free throws.

Martin County West (1-2, 0-1 Valley) hosts Lake Crystal at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Trimont.

Nicollet 69, Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 60 — The Raiders scored seven points in the final two minutes to pocket the nine-point victory over the Jaguars in Valley Conference action Tuesday night in Granada.

The Raiders held a 37-34 lead at halftime.

Isaac Johnson ended the night with 11 points and eight rebounds for the Jaguars, while teammate Mason Maloney netted 10 points and crashed the boards for six rebounds.

Jaguar players Quintin Greier, Derek Shoen and Cayden Fischer each notched eight points, with Shoen chipping in four rebounds during his return to the lineup from the injury list.

The Jaguars made 14 of 33 2-pointers, went 7-for-21 from 3-point range and made 11 out of 14 free throws.

Truman/Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain (1-4) plays host to Alden-Conger at 7 p.m. Friday night in Granada.

North Union 64, Belmond-Klemme 51 — Riley Bauer erupted for his second straight 30-point game to help the Warriors corral the Broncos by 13 during Top of Iowa Conference action Tuesday night in Belmond, Iowa.

Bauer, who poured in 32 points during last Friday’s loss to West Hancock, delivered a game-best 30 points to complete his game-best double-double performance that included 16 rebounds to complement game-leading marks of six steals and five assists.

Noah Morphew tallied 15 points for North Union, Hunter Pierce tallied seven points, while Blake Crawmer added six points.

The Warriors made 15 of 31 shots from 2-point range, 5 of 22 from behind the 3-point arc and 19 of 27 at the free throw line.

North Union (1-6) plays host to Bishop Garrigan on Friday night in Armstrong.

Girls Basketball

Fairmont 54, Belle Plaine 51 — The Cardinals captured their third consecutive victory via a three-point nonconference decision over the Tigers on Tuesday night in Belle Plaine.

Center Alli Lardy produced a team-best 17 points to complement six rebounds to pace Fairmont’s effort, while teammate Taylor Crissinger contributed 13 points, five rebounds and four assists to the win.

Claire Cutler neared double-double territory by collecting eight points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, while Brenna Cutler and Maggy Totzke each supplied six points on the night.

The Cardinals made 23 of 41 shots from 2-point range, 2-for-3 from 3-point distance and 12 of 20 free throws.

Sarah Lenz netted a game-high 18 points for the Tigers, while teammate Jaylen Struck-Schmitz notched 16 points.

Fairmont (3-2) travels to St. Peter on Thursday night for a Big South Conference contest.

Fairmont 29-25–54

Belle Plaine 21-30–51

Bryn Miller poured in a game-best 20 points to power Fairmont to a 40-28 victory over Belle Plaine during B-squad action Tuesday in Belle Plaine.

Jen Moeller contributed six points to the Cardinals’ winning ways.

Belle Plaine downed Fairmont, 33-23, during C-squad action Tuesday in Belle Plaine.

Natalie Tonne tallied 10 points to top the Cardinals, while Bryn Miller added seven points.

Martin County West 48, Blue Earth Area 22 — The Mavericks held the Bucs to just three second-half points to net their fourth consecutive victory during non-league action Tuesday night in Blue Earth.

Alyssa Williamson delivered a game-high 17 points and doled out three assists to top MCW, while teammate Maia Taylor collected eight points, five steals, four assists and four rebounds.

Karlee Thiesse contributed eight points, four boards and three steals to the Mavericks’ 26-point victory, Renae Eckmann chipped in five rebounds and three steals, while Cheyenne Owens and Madison Klima added three steals apiece.

The Mavericks made 18 of 41 field goals, including 3 of 9 from 3-point range, and sank 9 of 22 free throws.

Caitlin Rorman scored eight points to pace the Bucs, while teammate Hannah Johnson chipped in five points.

The Bucs made 3 of 9 free throws on the game.

Martin County West (4-1) travels to Alden-Conger on Thursday night.

Blue Earth Area (3-2) faces Winona Cotter on Friday night in the first round of the Maple River two-day tournament in Mapleton.

Martin Co. West 27-21–48

Blue Earth Area 19- 3–22

North Union 80, Belmond-Klemme 17 — Chloe Lofstrom produced a game-high double-double to pace the Iowa Class 2A No. 15-ranked Warriors’ balanced effort in taming the Broncos by 63 on Tuesday night in Belmond, Iowa.

Lofstrom scored 16 points to complement 10 rebounds, while teammate Samantha Hagedorn contributed 15 points, a co-game-best seven assists and six steals to the winning performance.

Kate Anderson tallied 13 points to go with five rebounds and four assists for North Union, Hallie Reese scored 11 points to complement five boards and four steals, while Bre Anderson supplied seven points, a game-high eight steals and a co-game-best seven assists.

Brooklyn Prochniak chipped in seven points, while Hope Steinberger added six points and four steals to the Warriors’ win.

North Union made 30 of 62 shots from 2-point range, 5 of 12 behind the 3-point arc and 5 of 10 at the free throw line in Top of Iowa Conference action.

North Union (7-0) plays host to Bishop Garrigan on Friday night in Armstrong.