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Cardinals’ girls basketball outlasts Huskies’ system, 67-64

TIED-UP — Fairmont guard Emma Gudahl (33) forces a jump-ball situation by tying up Jackson County Central guard Grace Brinkman (5) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Cadence Becker (31) looks on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Sara Junkermeier and her Fairmont girls basketball coaching staff adapted their own version of the Grinnell System to fend off Jackson County Central’s modified five-in, five-out rotation Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym.

Cadence Becker produced a double-double performance of 18 points and 10 rebounds in a rare reserve role, while Brittney Mosloski capitalized on her start by netting a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards to help the hometown Cardinals edge the Huskies, 67-64, during Big South Conference action.

Mosloski’s low-post leaner and solo free throw extended Fairmont’s lead to 64-51 with 2:03 left in regulation before Alaina Wolff and Sadie Voss ignited JCC’s last-minute surge that whittled their team’s gap to two with 4 seconds to go.

Rayah Quiring made the back end of a two-shot foul with 1.7 seconds showing on the scoreboard to stake the Cardinals to a 67-64 lead before the Huskies called timeout. Wolff, one of JCC’s most prolific scorers during her five-year varsity career, narrowly missed a Hail Mary heave at the buzzer.

“It seemed like that final minute took an eternity to play,” said Junkermeier, whose lineup netted its fourth consecutive victory. “I thought the girls handled the adversity on multiple occasions tonight, and united as a team to battle back and retake the lead in the second half.”

Trailing 26-22 at intermission, Jordan Rogotzke drilled a left-wing 3-pointer off a Voss assist to open the second segment before Wolff pocketed a steal and sank two free throws to swing a one-point lead to JCC and forced Junkermeier to utilized a timeout with only 1:03 elapsed.

“My philosophy has been that the first two minutes of the second half can make you or break you,” said Junkermeier. “Hopefully, I motivated them during the timeout.”

Emma Gudahl heeded her coach’s words and hit a driving runner before threading a pass to Becker in the low post for a bank shot to swing a 30-27 lead back to the Cardinals.

Wolff, who finished with 12 points, nailed a pivotal 3 to knot the game at 30-all before Gudahl traded baskets with the Huskies’ Megan Gallagher for the last tie of regulation at 32.

Voss, who poured in a team-best 16 points, later hit a putback basket and converted a backcourt theft into a layup to transform a 40-37 deficit into a one-point lead with 10 minutes left in the game.

Faith Olson banked home a right-corner 3 to restore a narrow lead that the Cardinals would not relinquish for the duration.

Becker reeled off seven points from the low post to trigger Fairmont’s ensuing 10-0 surge to build an eventual 53-42 lead, but Voss answered by delivering eight points and three steals to pace JCC’s closing 22-14 surge during the final five minutes of regulation.

Gudahl contributed six points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals to the Cardinals’ winning ways, Bryn Miller notched six points and six boards, while Quiring chipped in six points, five rebounds and four blocked shots.

Maci Farmer and Wolff each generated 12 points to trail only Voss on the Huskies’ scoring charts, with Farmer also pulling down eight rebounds.

Georgianna Wenzel topped all rebounders with 14 for JCC, Regan Farmer scored nine points, while Grace Brinkman chipped in six points, six steals and five assists.

Fairmont (8-4) travels to St. Peter on Friday night for a Big South Conference game, while Jackson County Central (6-4) hits the road to Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Thursday night.

Jackson CC 22-42–64

Fairmont 26-41–67

FAIRMONT (67)

Schwieger 0-2 0-0 0, Mosloski 7-16 1-2 15, Schultz 2-2 0-0 4, Quiring 2-6 1-2 6, Gudahl 3-7 0-0 6, Becker 7-10 4-10 18, Miller 3-7 0-1 6, Allen 1-5 1-3 3, Olson 2-5 0-0 5, Totzke 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 28-65 9-20 67.

JCC (64)

Voss 7-17 2-3 16, Brinkman 2-6 1-5 6, Lovell 0-2 0-1 0, Rogotzke 1-7 0-0 3, Timmer 0-0 0-0 0, Wolff 4-13 2-2 12, M. Farmer 3-15 3-7 12, R. Farmer 2-4 5-7 9, Gallagher 2-5 0-0 4, Wenzel 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 22-70 13-26 64.

3-pointers: JCC 7-36; Fairmont 2-8 (Olson 1-2, Quiring 1-1, Totzke 0-3, Allen 0-1, Gudahl 0-1). Fouled out: Wenzel (JCC) and Olson (FHS). Rebounds: Fairmont 50 (Mosloski 11, Becker 10); JCC 44 (Wenzel 14). Assists: Fairmont 13 (Gudahl 4); JCC 9 (Brinkman 5). Steals: JCC 18 (Brinkman 6, Voss 4); Fairmont 16 (Gudahl 4; Olson, Totzke and Allen 3 each).

Olivia Ortega netted a game-best 16 points to top a balanced Fairmont scoring attack to a 63-21 victory over Jackson County Central during B-squad action Tuesday night in Fairmont.

Emily Frank scored 14 points for the Cardinals, Laura Thompson tallied seven points, Cassidy Schultz and Rayah Quiring recorded six apiece, while Carissa Saxton and Claire Nemmers chipped in five points each.

North Union 69, Eagle Grove 49 — Chloe Lofstrom was a one-player wrecking crew, leading the Warriors to a 20-point Top of Iowa Conference basketball victory over the Eagles on Tuesday night in Armstrong.

Lofstrom scored 33 of her team’s 69 points, on 13 of 18 shooting from the field, while bringing down 22 rebounds for a game-best double-double performance.

Ironically, Lofstrom scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds during North Union’s win over Lake Mills on Tuesday night.

Vanessa Von Bank and Emily Meyer each contributed six points, while Olivia Von Bank, Lily Henderson and Hope Steinberger each scored five points. May Laverty and Sam Nielsen each brought down seven rebounds to help the Warriors.

Kaitlin Sampson led the Eagles with 14 points.

North Union (6-4) travels to Garner, Iowa, for a 6:15 p.m. matchup with Garner-Hayfield/ Ventura on Friday.

EG 14-13-13-9–49

NU 24-6-28-11–69

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 81, Martin County West 54 — The Mustangs posted a 48-point second half on their way to a non-conference girls basketball win over the Mavericks on Tuesday in Sherburn.

Marissa Whitehead led the Maverick lineup with 14 points, while adding three rebounds and three steals, while teammate Sami Meyer scored 10 points and brought down 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Liz Fisher scored seven points, while both Gabby Lange and Emily Anderson each had six.

MCW shot 22 of 60 from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3, and made 8 out of 17 free throw attempts.

The Mustangs fit 15 3-pointers as a team and made 14 out of 16 free throws.

Sara Kottke led the Mustangs with 30 points– including six 3s, while Maddy Wulkan hit 5 3s on her way to 19 points scored.

Rachel Kottke added 10 points, including two 3s, and Allison Milbrendt scored 14.

Martin County West (4-5) goes to Truman for a 7:15 p.m. Valley Conference matchup on Friday with the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars.

BLH 33-48–81

MCW 31-23–54

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luterh 62, Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons 49 — The Jaguars outran the Knights for a 13-point Valley Conference basketball win Tuesday in Truman.

Abbie Theusch led the Knights with 27 points.

No individual or team stats were provided for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars (7-5, 3-1) host Martin County West at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Truman.

GHEC 28-34–61

ACGE 21-27–49

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