Fairmont survives foul trouble to down Redwood Valley

RUNNING ONE-HANDER — Fairmont post player Alli Lardy (right) flips a one-handed shot over Redwood Valley defender Rose Frank during Big South Conference basketball action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Redwood Valley forward Sydney Sommers (35) and guard Nichele Mannz watch the action. Lardy went on to score nine points to help pace Fairmont’s comeback win. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s girls basketball lineup was literally in a zone to fuel a cardiac comeback over Redwood Valley during Thursday night’s frenetic foul fest at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.

Abby Tonder and Alli Lardy tallied nine pivotal points apiece, while teammate Taylor Crissinger delivered seven points and a team-best 12 rebounds to rally the hometown Cardinals to a 51-45 Big South Conference triumph.

Fairmont was whistled for 17 of its 28 fouls during the opening segment, while Redwood Valley committed 12 of its 22 personals during the same 18-minute span.

Redwood Valley clung to a 30-25 halftime lead behind 11-for-25 free throw shooting, while Fairmont sank 9 of 18 charity tosses before intermission.

“It was difficult to get into any offensive rhythm due to the choppiness of the action created by the number of fouls in the first half,” said Fairmont head coach Sara Junkermeier. “Redwood Valley was too aggressive at attacking the basket against our man defense, so we had to switch to a zone.

“Personally, I don’t like to play zone, but sometimes you have to do what works to stay in a game and that’s what we did tonight.”

After Redwood Valley reserve center Haley Garman banked in her threepeat putback basket to create the third of seven ties on the game at 6-all, Fairmont eighth-grade guard Maggy Totzke drained three free throws after being fouled while shooting behind the arc.

Garman, who netted a double-double of 13 points and a game-best 13 rebounds, worked the low post to trigger Redwood Valley’s 6-0 run to reverse a 12-9 lead in the visitors’ direction at the 12-minute mark.

Tonder, who delivered nine points and five rebounds off the hometown Cardinals’ bench, worked the offensive glass to hit a putback basket and low-post lay-in off a Brooke Hunwardsen inbound assist to later knot the game at 13-all with 9:20 left in a slow-moving first half.

“Abby really stepped up in her role tonight and took advantage of her minutes to produce some solid numbers for us,” said Junkermeier.

Redwood Valley forward Sydney Sommers and Fairmont’s Crissinger exchanged five-point surges to keep the score teeter-tottering before Lardy’s putback tied the game at 21-all with 3:39 left before intermission.

Garman and Nichele Mannz, who topped all scorers with 14 points, combined to trigger Redwood Valley’s ensuring 7-1 run before Tonder countered with a 10-footer in the paint and a solo free throw.

Garman, however, hit a late follow shot off the window to extend the visitors’ lead to 30-25 at halftime.

Despite foul trouble, Lardy joined forces with Tonder to trigger a 5-0 run out of the lockerroom in the second half to create a tie at 30 and cause Redwood Valley to call timeout at the 13:40 mark.

Sommers, who tossed in 13 points, and Lardy matched each other with four points apiece to net the final tie at 34 before Totzke snapped the nets on a 3-pointer to stake Fairmont to a lead it would not relinquish for the final 10:24.

Lunn later contributed a trifecta before Claire Cutler and Brenna Cutler worked the low post for four more points to widen the home team’s lead to 46-38 with 3:36 remaining.

Mannz tossed in three consecutive 2-point runners down the stretch before Claire Cutler’s duck-under maneuver and finish, along with Brenna’s conversion of a one-and-one situation, sealed Fairmont’s comeback win.

Claire Cutler netted eight points, Brenna Cutler garnered nine boards to go with four points, while Lunn and Totzke tossed in six points apiece.

Fairmont (4-3) faces Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in a 6 p.m. first-round game in the Windom Holiday Tournament on Friday, Dec. 29, in Windom.

Redwood Valley (1-9) plays host to a four-team tournament Wednesday and next Thursday in Redwood Falls.

Redwood Valley 30-15–45

Fairmont 25-26–51


Crissinger 2-5 3-5 7, B. Cutler 0-2 4-6 4, Lardy 4-4 1-2 9, Lunn 2-9 1-6 6, Totzke 1-4 3-4 6, C. Cutler 3-9 2-4 8, Hunwardsen 0-5 2-2 2, Tonder 4-7 1-2 9. Totals 16-45 17-31 51.


Kodet 0-1 0-0 0, Sommers 2-10 9-17 13, Frank 1-9 1-8 3, Martius 0-4 0-0 0, Mannz 6-15 1-4 14, Garman 5-13 3-4 13, Panitzke 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-2 0, Stoen 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-56 14-35 45.

3-pointers: Fairmont 2-12 (Lunn 1-4, Totzke 1-4, Hunwardsen 0-4); Redwood Valley 1-9 (Mannz 1-5, Sommers 0-2, Martius 0-2). Fouled out: Crissinger. Rebounds: Fairmont 43 (Crissinger 12, B. Cutler 9); R. Valley 38 (Garman 13). Assists: Fairmont 6 (Lunn 3); R. Valley 5 (Mannz 3). Steals: R. Valley 14 (Mannz 5); Fairmont 8 (Hunwardsen 3).

Jen Moeller netted 11 points to pace a balanced scoring attack as Fairmont defeated Redwood Valley in B-squad action, 40-32, Thursday.

Bryn Miller produced 10 points for the hometown Cardinals, while Kylee Harder contributed nine points.

Natalie Tonne hit the go-ahead basket in the final 30 seconds of regulation to pace Fairmont’s 33-31 victory over Redwood Valley during C-squad play Thursday in Fairmont.

Madysen Allen scored 13 points to top Fairmont, while Tonne finished with 12 points.

Martin County West 52, United South Central 29 — The Mavericks stampeded to a 31-11 halftime lead over the Rebels on Thursday night in Sherburn and never looked back en route to their seventh consecutive win.

Alyssa Williamson poured in a game-high 21 points to top MCW, while teammate Maia Taylor contributed seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to the winning effort.

Renae Eckmann tallied six points, grabbed nine rebounds and pocketed three steals for the Mavericks, Karlee Thiesse chipped in four points, seven rebounds and three steals, Lexie Lange tallied six points, while Cheyenne Owens made five steals.

The Mavericks hit 21 of 63 field goals, including 18 of 48 from 2-point range, and 7 of 15 free throws on the night.

Martin County West (7-1) plays host to New Ulm tonight in Sherburn.

USC 11-18–29

MCW 31-21–52

Springfield 63, Granda-Huntley-East Chain/ Truman/Martin Luther 36 — Sydney Hauger and Arynzi Rabb combined for 36 points in the Tigers’ victory over the Jaguars on Thursday night in Truman.

The Tigers also made 11 of 20 free throws.

Macy Quinn scored a Jaguars-best 10 points, while Sarah Geistfeld finished with six points.

The Jaguars went 13-for-15 from the charity stripe.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther (0-6) plays Blue Earth Area at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Earth Holiday Tournament.

Boys Basketball

Martin County West 61, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 54 — The Mavericks held on to a 34-20 halftime lead to beat the Bulldogs by seven points during Valley Conference action on Thursday night in Janesville.

Cole Owens posted a Maverick-leading 22 points. Wyatt Geistfeld notched 15 points and seven rebounds, while Logan Ebeling scored 14 points to complement six rebounds. Cam Dressen contributed 10 assists in the win.

Andrew Fisel scored a game-high 27 points for the Bulldogs, and Michael Fisel record 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Mavericks went 17-for-31 from 2-point range and made 7 of 15 from beyond the arc while swishing 6 of 15 free throws.

The Bulldogs shot 20-for-46 from the field, including 10 of 15 2-pointers, and made 4 of 8 free throws.

Martin County West (3-3) plays Lakeview at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Redwood Valley Tournament in Redwood Falls.

Maple River 48, Blue Earth Area 46 — Mason Sohre hit a floater in the lane with one second left in regulation to give the Eagles a two-point win over the Bucs on Thursday night in Blue Earth.

Sohre totaled 14 points in the win, and Sam Bennett added on 11 points.

Caelan Sanders led the Bucs with 17 points, while Jacob Vaske notched 12 points and nine rebounds. Grant Strukel scored nine points to finish the night.

Blue Earth Area (1-5) plays Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain in its holiday tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Blue Earth.