Fairmont boards by St. Peter hoopsters, 65-38

POST POWER — Fairmont’s Derek Missling (with basketball) powers past St. Peter’s Brock Hanson (left) as the Saints’ Ethan Volk (right) reaches in during Big South action Thursday in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Sam Schwieger (2) and Saints’ Jake Emley look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — After a two-game absence due to an ankle injury, Fairmont’s 6-foot-7 center Derek Missling returned to Cardinal Gym on Thursday night, anticipating a low-post showdown against 6-6 St. Peter sophomore Wyatt Olson.

Unfortunately, the clash of titans never happened. Olson turned his ankle during pre-game warmups, hobbled for the first 1:32 of the Big South basketball clash and then sat for the duration, while Missling came off the Cardinals’ bench.

“That was one of our keys to the game — contain Olson and (forward/guard Owen) Little,” said Fairmont head coach Jared Thompson. “I thought we did a good job of limiting Little to 10 points on the night.

“Our second key was rebounding better. Obviously, with Olson out, that was easier to accomplish, too,” Thompson said in reference to the Cardinals’ 47-25 edge on the boards.

For the second consecutive game, forward/guard Sam Schwieger and post player Brady Allen dominated the boards, with each producing double-double efforts to power Fairmont’s 65-38 victory over St. Peter.

Allen, who finished with a game-best 18 points to complement 10 rebounds, erupted for nine points by working the lane and nailing a 3 to trigger the Cardinals’ 14-4 lead.

The Saints answered by draining three straight 3s from Joey Baron, Ethan Volk and Jake Emley to eventually knot the game at 15-all with 7:12 left in the opening half.

Enter Schwieger. The 6-2 senior sharpshooter drilled back-to-back treys off of half of Wyatt Quiring’s four assists before Nick Eversman spotted Quiring for a 3-ball to answer for a 24-15 lead the home team would not relinquish.

Schwieger, who grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds to go with a game-leading seven assists, closed out the first half with four more of his 12 points en route to a 28-20 Cardinals’ halftime edge.

“St. Peter gave us the outside shot early, but once Sam, Brady and Wyatt hits those 3s, it opened up the post for Derek,” said Thompson.

Missling dominated in the lane, reeling off 13 of his 16 points during the second half, including six of Fairmont’s 16-2 offensive outburst over a 5-minute span that started at the 14:20 juncture.

Missling added seven rebounds and a game-best five blocks to his impressive return to the floor, while Quiring chipped in seven points, four assists and four boards.

Little grabbed a team-best six rebounds to go with his 10 points for the Saints, while Emley added 10 points.

Fairmont (5-1) travels to New Ulm on Friday, Dec. 22, while St. Peter (2-4) plays Tri-City United at 6 p.m. Saturday in Montgomery.

St. Peter 20-18–38

Fairmont 28-37–65


Schultz 0-1 1-4 1, Quiring 3-7 0-0 7, Allen 7-13 1-1 18, Eversman 2-6 0-2 4, Schwieger 3-13 4-4 12, Missling 5-9 6-8 16, Myren 0-1 1-2 1, Hested 1-2 0-0 3, Ortega 0-1 0-0 0, Keltgen 0-1 1-2 1, Burmeister 1-2 0-0 2, Kennedy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 14-23 65.

ST. PETER (38)

Hanson 1-5 0-0 2, Bushaw 1-4 0-0 2, Little 4-12 1-1 10, Emley 3-10 2-4 10, Lokensgard 1-6 0-0 2, Baron 3-8 0-0 7, Annexstad 0-1 0-2 0, Volk 1-6 0-2 3, Nadeau 1-3 0-0 2, Peterson 0-1 0-0 0, Grant 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 15-56 3-10 38.

3-pointers: FHS 7-18 (Allen 3-5, Schwieger 2-4, Quiring 1-2, Hested 1-2, Eversman 0-1, Ortega 0-1, Keltgen 0-1, Burmeister 0-1, Kennedy 0-1); St. Peter 5-22 (Emley 2-4, Little 1-4, Baron 1-4, Volk 1-5, Lokensgard 0-5). Fouled out: Hanson and Baron. Rebounds: FHS 47 (Schwieger 13, Allen 10); St. Peter 25 (Little 6). Assists: FHS 17 (Schwieger 7, Quiring 4); St. Peter 6. Steals: FHS 7 (Eversman 3); St. Peter 2.

St. Peter edged Fairmont 39-38 during B-squad action. Jack Hested netted nine points to top the Cardinals, Zach Jorgensen scored eight, Joey Flohrs supplied seven points.

St. Peter nipped Fairmont 52-47 in double overtime during C-squad play. Jake Melsha produced 16 points to lead the Cardinals, while Jackson Utermarck and Thomas Klanderud chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.

Girls Basketball

St. Peter 64, Fairmont 31 — The Saints outscored the Cardinals by a 44-14 margin in the second half to pocket a 33-point Big South victory on Thursday night in St. Peter.

Kayla Oeltjenbruns scored 23 points to top St. Peter’s win.

Alli Lardy netted eight points to pace Fairmont, Lexi Lunn generated seven points and five rebounds, while Taylor Crissinger supplied six points, six boards and three steals.

The Cardinals made 13 of 35 field goals and 4 of 11 free throws.

Fairmont (3-3) plays host to Redwood Valley next Thursday night.

Bryn Miller poured in 25 points to power Fairmont to a 47-40 win over St. Peter during B-squad play.

Kylee Harder netted eight points for the Cardinals.

Kaitlyn Scott scored 10 points to propel Fairmont to a 34-26 win over St. Peter during C-squad action.

Katie Mueller tallied nine points for the Cardinals, Natalie Tonne grabbed eight rebounds and Madysen Allen pocketed five steals.

Martin County West 62, Alden-Conger 41 — Renae Eckmann collected 18 points, five rebounds and three assists to steer the Mavericks to a 21-point Valley Conference victory over the Knights on Thursday night in Alden.

Karlee Thiesse contributed 12 points, five boards and five assists to MCW’s winning effort, while Alysssa Williamson delivered 12 points and three assists.

Maia Taylor supplied solid numbers of six points, nine rebounds and six assists to the Mavericks’ triumph, Madison Klima netted six points and five steals, while Dani Nelson doled out five assists.

The Mavericks made 29 of 55 field goals and 4 of 11 free throws on the game.

Martin County West (5-1) hosts Madelia on Tuesday in Sherburn.