Fairmont boys fall to SCL in finals; Cardinal girls gain finals

Lexi Lunn

MANKATO — The St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders halted the Fairmont Cardinal boys basketball lineup’s five-game winning streak on Friday night.

Garett Maag, a 6-foot-5 senior, poured in a game-leading 18 points to steer St. Croix Lutheran to a 70-48 triumph over Fairmont during the championship clash of the KwikTrip/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday basketball tournament in Mankato.

The Crusaders outscored the Cardinals 36-25 during the final 18 minutes of regulation to extend their 34-24 halftime advantage.

Brady Allen scored 11 points to top Fairmont’s runner-up finish at the three-day holiday event, while teammate Sam Schwieger produced eight points, grabbed five boards and doled out three assists.

Derek Missling tallied eight points and four rebounds for the Cardinals, who made 19 of 40 field goals overall including 5 of 18 behind the 3-point line. Fairmont added 5 of 6 free throws on the night.

The Crusaders connected on 24 of 41 shots from the floor, including 9 of 18 behind the arc, and 13 of 18 at the charity stripe.

Fairmont (8-2) plays host to New Ulm on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Fairmont downed St. Croix Lutheran, 56-49, to capture the junior varsity tournament crown on Friday in Mankato.

Jack Hested poured in a game-high 25 points for the Cardinals, while Joey Flohrs contributed 10 points to the win.

Girls Basketball

Windom Invite

Fairmont 52, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 29 — The Cardinals limited the Fighting Saints to only seven second-half points to run away with the 23-point victory during the opening round of the Windom Area Holiday Invitational on Friday.

Fairmont junior guard Lexi Lunn outdueled eighth-grade teammate Maggy Totzke in the finals of the tournament’s girls 3-point shooting contest prior to tipoff.

Lunn went on to connect on 3 of 5 trifectas during the game to produce a team-best 16 points, while teammate Taylor Crissinger sank 3 of 4 from behind the arc to pace her 13-point performance. Crissinger also grabbed six rebounds and distributed four assists in the victory.

Claire Cutler netted eight points for Fairmont, while Brooke Hunwardsen doled out four assists and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Cardinals made 18 of 43 field goals, including 7 of 11 behind the 3-point line, and 9 of 13 at the free throw line.

Fairmont (5-3) plays host Windom Area in today’s 3 p.m. tournament championship.

The Eagles soared to a 77-34 first-round rout over Heron Lake-Okabena.