Mavericks win Valley basketball championship

Renae Eckmann

MADELIA — Outright undefeated Valley Conference girls basketball champions.

The Martin County West Mavericks earned that moniker by generating a second-half comeback to edge the St. Clair Cyclones, 48-46, during Saturday night’s Valley Showcase clash in Madelia.

Trailing 18-8 in the opening half and 24-21 by intermission, the Mavericks rallied to outscore the Cyclones 27-22 during the final 18 minutes of regulation.

Point guard Alyssa Williamson, who tossed in 13 points, delivered Martin County West’s key 2-point basket to swing a 47-46 lead in her team’s direction with 45 seconds remaining. Maia Taylor added a solo free throw with 9 seconds to go.

“It was a good, hard-fought game to the end,” said Maverick head coach Rodger Taylor. “I’m proud of the way our girls kept battling back throughout the entire game.”

Post player Renae Eckmann sank 8 of 9 free throws and 7 of 14 field goals to produce a game-high 23 points to complement eight rebounds for MCW.

Williamson doled out four assists and grabbed five boards, while Maia Taylor pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds, distributed four assists and netted four points. Karlee Thiesse contributed nine points and five rebounds to the win.

The Mavericks made 15 of 38 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc and 12 of 18 free throws on the game.

Martin County West (18-4) travels to Windom on Thursday night.

Alden-Conger 67, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/ Martin Luther 50 — Freshman guard Abbie Theusch produced a game-high 26 points and junior guard Erika Bute supplied 19 points to power the Knights to a 17-point victory over the Jaguars during Saturday’s Valley Showcase game in Madelia.

Sharpshooting guard Macy Quinn delivered 16 points and pulled down six rebounds to help pace the Jaguars’ effort, while teammate Lydia Studer generated 15 points and seven boards.

Michaelah Petrowiak garnered eight rebounds to top the Jaguars, who made 19 of 52 from 2-point distance, 2 of 19 behind the arc and 6 of 13 at the free throw line.

The Knights held a 34-21 lead at halftime.

The Jaguars (5-14) travel to Lyle on Tuesday night to face Class 1A, No. 1-ranked Lyle/Austin Pacelli.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 62, Fairmont 48 — Freshman guard Brielle Bartelt collected a game-high 16 points to propel the Bucs to a 14-point nonconference victory over the Cardinals on Saturday in Waterville.

The Bucs built a 31-17 halftime advantage before the Cardinals matched them equally in scoring during the second, 31-all.

Junior forward Taylor Crissinger produced 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists to top Fairmont.

Senior post player Claire Cutler also tallied 11 points for the Cardinals, while senior power forward Brenna Cutler supplied 10 points.

Fairmont made 18 of 33 field goals overall — including 2 of 5 from 3-point range — for 54 percent and sank 10 of 14 free throws for 71 percent.

Fairmont (10-13) plays host to Jackson County Central at 7:15 p.m. tonight at Cardinal Gym in a Big South Conference contest.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (12-12) hits the road to Medford on Friday night.

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