Mavericks knock off Knights by 19

B.E. Area outlasts New Ulm in 2-OT boys hoops clash

MOTORING MAVERICK — Martin County West Maverick guard Matt Holm (right) motors up and over Alden-Conger Knights defender Kaleb Bendickson during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Trimont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRIMONT — Martin County West senior sharpshooting guard Matt Holm dialed long distance during pivotal junctures of Friday night’s Valley Conference basketball clash against Alden-Conger.

Holm connected on 4 of 7 from 3-point range to pace his team-best 18-point performance to complement a game-high five steals to stampede the hometown Mavericks to a 60-41 victory over the Knights in Trimont.

“It feels good to get back on the winning side after experiencing a couple of losses in a row,” Martin County West head coach Cliff Anderson said in reference to double-digit defeats to Cleveland and Fairmont on Jan. 5 and Jan. 9, respectively. “We tried a couple of different things tonight, and they worked.”

Shooting, and more importantly — making 3-pointers — proved a vast improvement for Anderson’s Mavericks on Friday night. Martin County West drained 6 of 13 behind the bonus arc in the opening segment en route to an 8-for-18 overall effort for 44 percent.

After producing ties at 2-all and 5-all, post player Logan Ebeling hit a putback basket to trigger the Mavericks’ 8-2 surge to build a lead they would not relinquish.

Enter Holm. The senior guard converted one of Wyatt Geistfeld’s team-best three assists for his first trifecta of the game before Geistfeld zipped another assist to Cole Owens for a breakaway lay-in.

Alden-Conger super-sub Gavin Steele sank a pair of free throws for two of his game-best 21-point performance to interrupt MCW’s string of points before Holm barely moved the net on a top-of-the-key 3 off a Geistfeld pass for a 15-7 lead with 11 minutes to go in the first half.

Nick Beseke and Dawson Weber contributed 3s to the Mavericks’ perimeter attack before Holm nailed his third trey of the initial 18 minutes to widen the home team’s lead to 28-17.

Steele, who matched Holm by drilling 4 of 7 from behind the arc, countered with a 3 as the Knights and Mavericks matched one another en route to a 35-25 MCW halftime lead.

Geistfeld, who pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds to complement seven points, opened the second half with a steal-turned-layup to stampede the Mavericks out of the lockerroom on a mini-run.

Alex Cummings nailed a 3 for Alden-Conger off one of Ryan Hansen’s game-high five assists before Holm retaliated in kind off Ebeling’s low-post kickout pass.

Holm finger-rolled home a layup off Colby Williamson’s baseball-pass outlet before Steele answered for the Knights with another trey.

Despite Steele’s double-double effort that included a team-high 10 rebounds, Owens and the Mavericks proved too much down the home stretch.

Owens reeled off eight of MCW’s 10-point offensive surge midway through the second half to put the game out of reach at 57-35 with 6:40 remaining.

Owens finished with 15 points for the Mavericks, while Bendickson tallied seven points for the Knights and Cummings chipped in six points and eight boards.

Martin County West (5-6) travels to Madelia on Tuesday night for another conference contest. Alden-Conger (3-10) plays host to St. Clair in league action Tuesday night in Alden.

Alden-Conger 25-16–41

M.C. West 35-25–60

MCW (60)

Geistfeld 3-15 1-4 7, Owens 5-10 3-6 15, Ebeling 2-7 3-4 7, Holm 7-11 0-0 18, Dressen 0-0 0-0 0, Weber 1-2 0-0 3, Beseke 2-6 0-0 5, Williamson 0-1 0-0 0, Janssen 1-1 0-0 2, Ringnell 0-1 0-0 0, Larson 0-0 1-2 1, Russenberger 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-54 8-16 60.

A-C (41)

Cummings 2-7 0-0 6, Hansen 1-6 0-1 2, Theusch 0-4 0-0 0, Skov 1-6 0-2 2, Bendickson 3-4 0-0 7, Steele 6-9 5-13 21, Kuethe 1-3 0-0 2, Morrison 0-2 0-0 0, Blanchard 0-4 1-2 1, Burgett 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 14-48 6-18 41.

3-pointers: MCW 8-18 (Holm 4-7, Owens 2-3, Weber 1-2, Beseke 1-3, Geistfeld 0-3); A-C 7-21 (Steele 4-7, Cummings 2-3, Bendickson 1-1, Hansen 0-3, Theusch 0-2, Skov 0-1, Kuethe 0-2, Blanchard 0-1, Burgett 0-1). Fouled out: Owens. Rebounds: A-C 38 (Steele 10); MCW 36 (Geistfeld 11). Assists: MCW 12 (Geistfeld 3); A-C 11 (Hansen 5). Steals: MCW 12 (Holm 5); A-C 7 (Hansen 3).

Blue Earth Area 79, New Ulm 77 (2 OT) — Austin Thielfoldt sank two free throws and a 3-pointer in the second extra session, while teammate Cameron Anderson made a 3 in the final OT to lift the Bucs to a 2-point Big South victory over the Eagles on Friday night in Blue Earth.

Blue Earth Area’s Grant Strukel tossed in a runner with 2 seconds remaining in the first overtime to knot the score at 71-all and force a second extra frame.

The Bucs and Eagles were tied at 28 at halftime and 65-all at the end of regulation. BEA finally outscored New Ulm 8-6 in the second OT.

Strukel poured in a career-best 27 points to top the Bucs’ winning ways, while Caelan Sanders and Cameron Anderson each delivered 15 points. Sanders also doled out four assists and pulled down four rebounds.

Thielfoldt finished with nine points, Carter Bell tallied eight points and Jacob Vaske pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds to complement five blocked shots, four assists and three steals for BEA.

Reece Melby tossed in 21 points to pace New Ulm, while teammates Braden Zimmerman and Connor Foley added 20 and 14 points, respectively.

Blue Earth Area (4-7, 2-4 BSC) travels to Le Sueur-Henderson on Tuesday night. New Ulm (7-8) plays host to Worthington on Tuesday night.

Waseca 71, Fairmont 54 — Malik Willingham erupted for a game-best 27 points to power the Bluejays to a 17-point Big South triumph over the Cardinals on Friday night in Waseca.

Adam Schumacher contributed 15 points to Waseca’s winning ways, while Matt Olsem chipped in 14 points.

The Bluejays made 27 of 64 field goals, including 7 of 24 from 3-point range, and added 10 of 17 from the free throw line.

Derek Missling delivered 16 points and six rebounds to top the Cardinals’ effort, while teammate Sam Schwieger produced 15 points, six boards and three steals.

Wyatt Quiring supplied 12 points for Fairmont, Brady Allen grabbed five rebounds and doled out four assists, while Nate Kallenbach dished out five assists.

The Cardinals made 16 of 46 from the floor, including 7 of 18 behind the arc, to go with a 15-for-22 effort at the charity stripe.

After being tied at 31 at halftime, Waseca outscored Fairmont 40-23 in the final 18 minutes.

Fairmont (9-4) plays host to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Tuesday night.

Waseca (12-2) plays host to St. James Area on Thursday night.

Jack Hested produced 21 points and six rebounds to guide Fairmont to a 52-46 victory over Waseca during B-squad action Friday night in Waseca.

Zach Jorgensen contributed 12 points to the Cardinals’ winning ways, while Wyatt Frank collected nine points and seven rebounds.

Waseca downed Fairmont in the C-squad game, 46-16, Friday night in Waseca.

Girls Basketball

New Ulm 61, Blue Earth Area 21 — Guard Joey Batt generated a game-best 21 points to pace the Eagles’ 40-point Big South rout over the Bucs on Friday night in New Ulm.

Iyanna Wieland contributed 15 points to New Ulm’s victorious effort.

Lindsey Norman scored 12 points to top the Bucs.

Blue Earth Area (6-8) travels to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Tuesday night. New Ulm (10-4) hits the road to Delano today for 1 p.m. non-league game.

Cleveland 80, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 66 — Caitlin Brink tallied a game-best 20 points to sail the Clippers to a 14-point Valley Conference victory over the Jaguars on Friday night in Cleveland.

Katelyn McCabe contributed 17 points to Cleveland’s winning performance.

Macy Quinn tallied 17 points to top the Jaguars, while Marissa Steinhaus netted 11 points.

Emma Becker, and Michaelah Petrowiak each scored nine points for the Jaguars, who made 23 of 79 field goals and 12 of 18 free throws on the night.

Cleveland held a 32-24 lead at halftime.

The Jaguars (2-10) play host to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in a conference game on Monday night in Northrop.