New Ulm halts MCW’s win streak at 7
Allen pours in 31 to top Fairmont's OT win over NU
SHERBURN — New Ulm’s junior guard tandem of Joey Batt and Ellie Bute combined to drain nine 3-pointers to pace the visiting Eagles’ 58-55 non-league comeback victory over Martin County West on Friday night.
Batt erupted for 21 of her game-best 29 points during the second half as the Eagles converted a 35-22 scoring edge to recover from a 33-23 deficit at intermission to end the Mavericks’ impressive seven-game winning streak.
“You have to give New Ulm credit for hitting three clutch 3s midway through the second half to get back into the game,” said MCW mentor Rodger Taylor.
Trailing 43-35 on the heels of Maverick point guard Alyssa Williamson’s mid-air, switch-hands driving lay-in, Bute snapped the nets on her fourth 3 of the night to trigger the Eagles’ pivotal 14-2 surge at the 11-minute juncture of the second half.
Hard-working forward Cheyenne Owens, who produced solid all-around numbers of six points, four steals and a game-best 10 rebounds off the bench, converted Lexie Lange’s high-post pass to keep the Mavericks within 48-45.
Batt maintained her torrid-shooting ways by nailing a pull-up 3 from the top of the key before distributing one of her game-best five assists to Lizzie Shaul for a right-wing trey.
Batt then pocketed one of her game-best six steals and earned two free throws to cause an MCW timeout at the 8:56 juncture. Batt’s two makes from the charity stripe prior to the fourth of her five 3s gave and extended New Ulm’s lead to 49-45 with 8 minutes left in regulation.
Maverick forward Maia Taylor’s free throws offset Batt’s driving layup before Williamson nailed a trifecta to whittle MCW’s deficit to 51-50 with 6:30 remaining.
Ironically, Batt answered with her fifth and final 3-pointer before Madison Klima spotted a cutting Taylor for a traditional 3-point play with 5:03 showing.
Karlee Thiesse’s precision high-post pass to Renae Eckmann for a basket swung a 55-54 edge to MCW with 2:07 to go in regulation before New Ulm post player Iyanna Wieland drew a foul in the paint and sank a pair of free throws for a 56-55 margin for the visitors with 46 seconds left.
Batt later garnered one of her team-high six rebounds and converted a key one-and-one situation with 23 seconds showing to push the lead to 58-55.
The Eagles’ basketball-hawking defense then prevented the Mavericks from getting off a last-second 3-point shot before the final horn.
“We’ve been working in practice on closing out defensively, and I thought we were finally able to do that in the second half tonight,” said New Ulm head coach Brian Batt. “Martin County West kept us out of the paint and off the boards during the first half, but we did a better job of attacking the basket in the second (half).”
The Mavericks combined three 6-0 mini-runs during the opening 18 minutes to help build a 10-point lead at halftime in Sherburn.
Trailing 16-14 on the heels of a Bute 3-pointer, Owens crashed the offensive glass for a putback basket to produce the second and final tie of the game at 16-all.
Taylor dished out one of her three assists to Eckmann in the low post before Owens displayed her passing prowess with an assist to Lange for a lay-in for the second 6-0 run and 20-16 MCW lead.
The Mavericks then followed with a 7-0 surge, triggered by Thiesse’s interior play to build a 27-19 advantage with 4:22 left before intermission.
Williamson then fed Thiesse for a low-post banker before pouring in four of her team-leading 17 points with time winding down to widen the home team’s lead to double digits by the break.
Thiesse contributed 12 points to the Mavericks’ balanced effort, Eckmann supplied eight points and five boards, and Taylor netted seven points to go with her three assists.
Bute finished with 12 points for the Eagles, while Shaul chipped in seven points.
Martin County West (7-2) is idle until playing host to St. Clair on Thursday, Jan. 4, in Sherburn.
New Ulm (6-2) faces Belle Plaine at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Norwood Young America Holiday Invite.
New Ulm 23-35–58
Taylor 1-4 5-5 7, Thiesse 5-9 2-2 12, Eckmann 4-6 0-1 8, Klima 1-3 0-0 2, Williamson 7-15 1-1 17, Owens 3-6 0-0 6, Lange 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 22-45 9-11 55.
NEW ULM (58)
Eikanger 0-3 0-2 0, Osborne 3-6 0-0 6, Wieland 0-3 2-2 2, Botten 1-3 0-1 2, Batt 8-22 8-8 29, Bute 4-8 0-0 12, Shaul 3-4 0-0 7, Ahlers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 10-13 58.
3-pointers: New Ulm 10-21 (Batt 5-10, Bute 4-7, Shaul 1-1, Wieland 0-2, Osborne 0-1); MCW 2-10 (Williamson 2-8, Klima 0-2, Thiesse 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: MCW 29 (Owens 10); New Ulm 21 (Batt 6). Assists: MCW 12 (Klima and Taylor 3 each); New Ulm 7 (Batt 5). Steals: New Ulm 14 (Batt 6, Osborne 3); MCW 10 (Owens 4).
Fairmont 66, New Ulm 57 (OT) — Brady Allen poured in a career-high 31 points, including eight during the Cardinals’ 14-point extra session, to rally for a nine-point Big South Conference victory over the Eagles on Friday night in New Ulm.
Trailing by as much as 15 points during the first half, and later, a 28-23 deficit by intermission, Allen served as Fairmont’s second-half catalyst by nailing four consecutive 3-pointers at one juncture.
Down 52-50, Connor Foley converted two free throws with 8 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Eagles force overtime.
Allen also contributed three steals to the Cardinals’ winning ways, while teammate Sam Schwieger produced 12 points, five blocked shots and five rebounds.
Derek Missling tallied nine points for Fairmont, while teammate Wyatt Quiring chipped in four points and a team-best six rebounds.
The Cardinals made 23 of 52 field goals, including 5 of 15 behind the 3-point arc, and scorched the nets on 15 of 20 free throws for 75 percent on the contest.
Quiring and Schwieger topped Fairmont’s 31-22 rebounding edge on the night.
Reece Melby netted 20 points, including 15 during the opening half, to top New Ulm, while Foley and Matt Janke contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Eagles hit 22 of 56 shots from the floor, including 6 of 16 behind the arc, and 7 of 13 charity tosses.
Fairmont (6-1) faces St. Clair at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the opening round of the Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Invitational in Mankato.
New Ulm (5-3) plays Mound-Westonka at 6 p.m. Thursday night in the first round of the Norwood Young America Holiday Invite.
NU 28-24- 5–57
Dan Betts collected 18 points to propel Fairmont to a 55-27 win over New Ulm during B-squad action Friday.
Zach Jorgensen netted 11 points for the Cardinals, Joey Flohrs supplied nine points, while Caden Baarts doled out five assists.
Jake Melsha and Tanner Rosch each scored 19 points to steer Fairmont to a 48-41 win over New Ulm during C-squad play Friday.
Truman/Martin Luther/GHEC 63, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 53 — Derek Shoen delivered a game-best 21 points and garnered seven rebounds to pace the Jaguars’ 10-point nonconference win over the Knights on Friday night in Sleepy Eye.
Cayden Fischer contributed 12 points and four boards to the Jaguars’ winning ways, James Schrunk netted 10 points and four rebounds, while Zach Wolter tallied eight points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Isaac Johnson chipped in nine points to the victory, while teammate Mason Maloney pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Jaguars made 15 of 29 shots from 2-point range, 6 of 19 behind the 3-point arc and 15 of 28 free throws on the game.
Carter Curran scored 17 points to top the Knights.
The Jaguars (2-5) face host Blue Earth Area at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Bucs’ Holiday Invite in Blue Earth.