Cardinal hoopsters board by Jaguars, 54-34

CHALLENGE — Fairmont’s Bryn Miller (42) challenges a shot by Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/ Martin Luther’s Abby Calkins during non-league basketball action Monday night in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Madysen Allen (23) and Faith Olson, along with the Jaguars’ Lizzie Oothoudt (15) and Lydia Studer, look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Boardwork paced the Fairmont girls basketball team’s nonconference victory on Monday night.

Post player Taylor Crissinger scored 15 of her game-best 16 points during the first half, while guard Lexi Lunn delivered nine of her 15-point performance in the second segment to pace the hometown Cardinals’ 54-34 decision over the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars.

“I thought everybody contributed to the win tonight,” said Fairmont head coach Sara Junkermeier, who had seven different players supply three or more rebounds to her lineup’s 36-20 edge on the boards. “We did a nice job of pounding the offensive glass in the first half to fuel that 15-1 run that gave us momentum heading into the lockerroom at the half.”

The Cardinals and Jaguars battled to four first-half ties before Crissinger took control inside, while Lunn and Faith Olson combined for three 3-pointers, to transform a 12-10 deficit into a 25-13 lead.

Crissinger, who led all rebounders with nine, worked a high-low post play with Bryn Miller to knot the score one last time at 12-all before Olson and Lunn nailed back-to-back trifectas.

Madisen Wildfeuer sank the front end of a one-and-one situation for the Jaguars to momentarily interrupt the Cardinals’ offensive surge before Lunn distributed one of her game-best six assists to Crissinger for a low-post lay-in.

Olson’s steal-turned-assist to Lunn for the top-of-the-key 3-pointer widened Fairmont’s margin to 10 points to cause Jaguars head coach T.J. Pytleski to call timeout at the 4:43 juncture.

Lunn threaded a pass to Crissinger on the ensuing possession before post player Rachel Stauter’s low-post spin move ended the Jaguars’ 5-minute scoreless string with 3 minutes remaining in the opening half.

Makayla Hall banked home a cutter along the left wing off a Lydia Steinhaus steal with 13 seconds to go before intermission to trim the Jaguars’ gap to 31-20.

Maggy Totzke opened the second half with the second of her three 3s on the game off one of Crissinger’s three assists before Lydia Studer and Stauter delivered back-to-back baskets for the Jaguars.

Lunn and Totzke later drilled back-to-back 3-pointers, with Cadence Becker adding a putback basket, to cap the Cardinals 11-2 run to put the game out of reach at 45-26 with 9:30 remaining in regulation.

Totzke finished with nine points for Fairmont, while Becker chipped in seven points, five rebounds and three steals.

Stauter topped the Jaguars with nine points, six boards and four steals, Lydia Studer chipped in six points, while Abby Calkins added four steals and a team-best four assists.

Fairmont (5-8) plays host to Class AAA, No. 10-ranked New Ulm on Thursday night at Cardinal Gym.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther (3-8) travels to Trimont tonight to play Martin County West.

GHECTML 20-14–34

Fairmont 31-23–54

FAIRMONT (54)

Crissinger 6-9 4-8 16, Allen 2-9 0-2 4, Becker 3-3 1-2 7, Totzke 3-6 0-0 9, Lunn 6-16 0-0 15, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Olson 1-6 0-0 3, Gudahl 0-0 0-0 0, Mosloski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 5-12 54.

GHECTML (34)

Stauter 3-7 2-2 9, L. Studer 3-10 0-2 6, Petrowiak 1-3 1-6 3, Calkins 1-3 0-0 2, Balcom 2-8 0-0 4, Hall 2-4 0-2 4, E. Studer 1-1 0-0 2, Steinhaus 0-3 0-0 0, Wildfeuer 0-0 1-2 1, Oothoudt 1-2 0-0 3, Moeller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-42 4-14 34.

3-pointers: Fairmont 7-28 (Totzke 3-6, Lunn 3-9, Olson 1-6, Allen 0-6, Crissinger 0-1); GHECTML 2-6 (Oothoudt 1-1, Stauter 1-2, Balcom 0-2, Steinhaus 0-1). Rebounds: Fairmont 36 (Crissinger 9); GHECTML 20 (Stauter 6). Assists: Fairmont 15 (Lunn 6); GHECTML 6 (Calkins 4). Steals: Fairmont 16 (Allen 5); GHECTML 15 (Stauter and Calkins 4 each).

Fairmont doubled the score on Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther, 30-15, during B-squad action Monday night.

Emma Gudahl scored eight points to top the Cardinals’ winning effort, while Brittney Mosloski and Cassidy Schultz each supplied six points.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther edged Fairmont in overtime, 39-37, during C-squad action Monday.

Emily Frank produced 16 points to pace the Cardinals, while Carissa Saxton supplied nine points.

Boys Basketball

Martin County West 62, Alden-Conger 36 — Wyatt Geistfeld produced game-bests of 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals to steer the Mavericks to a 26-point Valley Conference victory over the Knights on Monday night in Alden.

Nick Beseke contributed 13 points to MCW’s winning ways, Kolton Larson netted nine points and Dawson Weber chipped in eight points.

The Mavericks utilized the free throw line — 13 of 22 — to outscore the Knights by 20 during the second half. The Knights hit only 1 of 4 free throws on the night.

Martin County West (3-4) plays host to Cleveland on Thursday night in Sherburn.

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