Batt powers No. 10 New Ulm cagers past Fairmont

FINDING A GAP — Fairmont post player Cadence Becker (51) drives around New Ulm defenders Iyanna Wieland (25), Hannah Osborne and Nora Windschill (20) during Big South Conference basketball action Thursday night in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — New Ulm senior sharpshooter Joey Batt became the first player in Eagles’ basketball history to eclipse the rare 2,000-point career scoring plateau on Thursday night at Cardinal Gym.

Batt scorched the nets on 13-for-16 field-goal shooting, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, to amass a game-best 32 points to power New Ulm to a runaway 56-33 Big South Conference victory over the Fairmont Cardinals.

The 5-foot-6 Batt already held New Ulm Public’s all-time scoring record for either gender on the heels of surpassing current Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore guard Meleah Reinhart’s previous No. 1 mark of 1,842 points.

“The individual accolades are nice and Joey appreciates them, but at the end of the day, she still wants to win,” said New Ulm head coach Brian Batt, Joey’s father. “We just want to get everyone involved so it’s tougher for opposing teams to defend us.”

Unfortunately for Brian Batt, that was not the case during the opening 18-minute segment as Joey Batt swooshed her first 10 field goals of the conference contest, including five trifectas, en route to 25 points to pace the Eagles’ 29-12 halftime lead.

“I thought we played good defense against the rest of New Ulm,” Fairmont head coach Sara Junkermeier said in reference to her lineup limiting the rest of the Eagles’ roster to just 1-for-10 shooting in the first half and 9 of 29 overall for the game. “Joey’s a great player and that’s why she’s playing at MSU (Minnesota State University) in Mankato next season.”

Senior guard Lexi Lunn, who finished with a team-best nine points and co-led Fairmont with Taylor Crissinger with three assists apiece, pocketed a halfcourt steal and converted it into a layup to close out the first half trailing by 17.

Hannah Osborne netted all nine of her points for New Ulm, including a cutter through traffic, to open the second half before freshman forward Rayah Quiring drained the first of Fairmont’s three 3-pointers during the final 14 minutes of regulation.

Batt’s defender-shedding cross-over penetration dribble-drive and scoop off the glass proved her 2,000th career point with 9:34 remaining in the second half.

Trailing 52-18 on the heels of New Ulm eighth-grader Bryn Nesvold’s runner, Fairmont eluded running time — a deficit of 35 — by assembling an 11-0 scoring surge triggered by Lunn’s left-wing 3-pointer.

Madysen Allen converted a Crissinger assist into another trey, Bryn Miller hit a putback basket before Cadence Becker sank a solo free throw and a low-post basket to highlight the home team’s late run.

Crissinger pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds to pace the Cardinals’ narrow 24-21 edge on the glass.

Fairmont (5-9) travels to Marshall on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. varsity tipoff. New Ulm (11-2) plays Simley at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kasson in a showcase contest.

New Ulm 29-27–56

Fairmont 12-21–33

FAIRMONT (33)

Crissinger 2-8 0-0 4, Allen 1-4 0-0 3, Becker 2-4 2-4 6, Totzke 0-3 0-0 0, Lunn 4-10 0-0 9, Olson 0-4 0-0 0, Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Quiring 3-5 0-0 7, Gudahl 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 14-41 2-6 33.

NEW ULM (56)

Wieland 2-8 0-0 6, Bute 0-1 0-0 0, Wick 0-3 0-0 0, Osborne 3-3 3-4 9, Batt 13-16 0-0 32, Nesvold 3-6 0-0 6, Windschill 0-0 0-0 0, Shaul 0-3 1-2 1, Sellner 1-4 0-0 2, Forstner 0-0 0-0 0, Mages 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 4-6 56.

3-pointers: New Ulm 8-19 (Batt 6-8, Wieland 2-5, Nesvold 0-3, Shaul 0-2, Sellner 0-2); Fairmont 3-14 (Quiring 1-1, Allen 1-2, Lunn 1-4, Olson 0-4, Totzke 0-3). Rebounds: Fairmont 24 (Crissinger 12); New Ulm 21 (Wick 5). Assists: Fairmont 11 (Lunn and Crissinger 3 each); New Ulm 9 (Batt and Wieland 3 each). Steals: New Ulm 10 (Batt and Wieland 3 each); Fairmont 7.

Rayah Quiring netted 10 points to help engineer Fairmont’s 34-28 win over New Ulm during B-squad action Thursday night.

Bryn Miller contributed nine points for the Cardinals, while Brittney Mosloski supplied eight points.

Carissa Saxton poured in a game-best 21 points to power Fairmont to a 35-23 triumph over New Ulm during C-squad action Thursday night.

Emily Frank produced eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cardinals.

Blue Earth Area 56, St. James Area 13 — The Bucs’ stifling defense held the Saints to only four first-half points en route to the wide-margin victory during Big South Conference action Thursday night in St. James.

Caitlin Rorman produced a game-leading 26 points to top BEA, while teammate Hannah Johnson contributed 12 points to the win.

Blue Earth Area (7-5) plays host to St. Peter on Tuesday night.

Boys Basketball

Fairmont 44, New Ulm 41 — Wyatt Frank’s double-double helped power the Cardinals past the Eagles in Big South Conference game Thursday night in New Ulm.

Frank produced a team-leading 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Zach Jorgensen scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots for the Cardinals, while Jack Hested scored eight points and Dalen Keltgen dropped six.

The Cardinals shot 10 of 27 from 2, 6-for-15 from 3 and made 6 of 13 free throws.

Reece Melby led the Eagles with 11 points.

Fairmont (4-6) plays at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial tonight.

New Ulm edged Fairmont in B-squad action, 43-38, Thursday night.

Tanner Rosch scored 10 points for the Cardinals, Jacob Crissinger netted nine points, Tony Ortega tallied six points, while Caleb Snelson added four points.

New Ulm rolled by Fairmont in the C-squad game, 41-11, on Thursday night.

Martin County West 69, Cleveland 65 — Two 17-point performances lifted the Mavericks over the Clippers during Valley Conference basketball action Thursday night in Sherburn.

Nick Beseke and Dawson Weber each scored 17 — Weber on the strength of four 3s — while Wyatt Geistfeld neared double-double territory with 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Angel Reyes contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals for MCW, while Kolton Larson dished five assists.

The Mavericks shot 16 of 39 from 2, 8-for-21 from 3 and 13 of 21 from the free throw line.

MCW (4-4, 3-0 Valley) plays host to Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Tuesday in Sherburn.

Truman/Martin Luther/GHEC 47, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 38 — The Jaguars used Paxton Gravlin’s 12-point performance to beat the Bulldogs in Valley Conference basketball play Thursday night in Northrop.

Along with 12 points, Gravlin grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists.

Isaac Johnson joined Gravlin in double-digit scoring with 10 points, while passing out four assists, while Matt Heckman scored seven points and Adam Heckman scored six points, grabbed nine boards and dished out four assists.

Cael Jaskulke contributed six points to the Jaguars’ win, while Owen Wolter doled out three assists.

The Jaguars (8-4, 3-0 Valley) travel to Fulda Monday.

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