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Luverne tops Fairmont in boys hoops; Fairmont girls cagers win 5th in a row

PUTBACK — Fairmont’s Zach Jorgensen moves Luverne’s Gannon Ahrendt (21) out of the way on a putback during Big South action Thursday night in Fairmont. Fairmont’s Gavin Junkermeier (right) moves into rebounding position. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Jayson Rops and Gannon Ahrendt combined for 38 points, Bailey Cowell distributed a game-best 10 assists and Luverne’s defense created a plus-14 edge in turnovers to best Fairmont, 83-50, during Big South Conference basketball action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym.

Zach Jorgensen drilled the first of Fairmont’s four 3-pointers on the game to eventually transform the home team’s early 7-2 deficit into an 11-10 lead at the 14-minute mark in the first half.

The two sets of Cardinals traded the lead six times during the game’s initial 11 minutes as Fairmont freshman Levi Pooley swooshed a pair of 3s, Jackson Utermarck hit a trey and Jorgensen tossed in 10 of his team-best 15 points.

Jacob Crissinger’s traditional 3-point play staked Fairmont to a 27-25 lead, but it would be the hometown lineup’s last for the duration.

Cowell drained a 3 to trigger Luverne’s incredible 20-2 offensive avalanche that bridged intermission to build a 45-29 advantage and the visitors never looked back.

Ahead 30-29 with 5 minutes left before halftime, Rops sank half of his perfect 8-for-8 free-throw performance to trigger an 11-0 sub-surge of the larger Luverne offensive run. Ethan Beyer nailed a left-corner 3 with 7 seconds to go before the break to stake Luverne to a 41-29 halftime edge.

Nathaniel Cole-Kraty’s traditional 3-point play off a steal widened Luverne’s lead to 16 before Jorgensen drove to the rim to finally end Fairmont’s scoring drought a minute into the second half.

Ahrendt single-handedly reeled off nine straight points for Luverne to help extend the lead to 54-33 with 13 minutes left in regulation.

Rops finished with game-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds, while Ahrendt tossed in 18 points. Cole-Kraty netted nine points, six boards and three steals, while Cowell chipped in eight points, 10 assists, four steals and five rebounds.

Jorgensen proved FHS’ only double-digit scorer with 15, Crissinger supplied nine, while Gavin Junkermeier and Pooley contributed seven points apiece. Sawyer Tordsen grabbed six caroms, while David Maakestad doled out three assists.

Fairmont (6-6) travels to New Ulm on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, while Luverne (11-3) hits the road to Redwood Valley on Monday.

Luverne 41-42–83

Fairmont 29-21–50

FAIRMONT (50)

Jorgensen 4-7 6-8 15, Rosch 0-2 1-4 1, Junkermeier 3-3 1-1 7, Crissinger 2-9 5-5 9, Maakestad 0-1 0-0 0, Pooley 2-4 1-3 7, Tordsen 1-4 0-0 2, Utermarck 1-1 0-0 3, Rodning 1-1 1-1 3, Francis 0-1 1-2 1, Hernandez 1-4 0-0 2, Schmidtke 0-1 0-0 0, Klanderud 0-1 0-0 0, Winch 0-1 0-0 0, Reyes 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 16-24 50.

LUVERNE (83)

Ahrendt 6-13 4-4 18, Cole-Kraty 4-7 1-1 9, Rops 6-9 8-8 20, Beyer 2-4 0-0 5, Cowell 3-6 1-2 8, Bose 0-2 2-2 2, Smith 2-3 0-0 4, Overgaard 1-3 1-2 3, McLaughlin 2-4 2-2 6, Schoeneman 1-2 0-2 3, Jarchow 0-1 0-0 0, Dohlmann 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 29-56 19-23 83.

3-pointers: Luverne 6-15 (Ahrendt 2; Beyer, Cowell, Schoeneman and Dohlmann 1 each); Fairmont 4-14 (Pooley 2, Jorgensen and Utermarck 1 each). Rebounds: Luverne 30 (Rops 8); FHS 26 (Tordsen 6). Assists: Luverne 16 (Cowell 10); FHS 7 (Maakestad 3). Steals: Luverne 12 (Cowell 4); FHS 2.

Armando Hernandez scored 16 points to guide Fairmont to a 54-47 win over Luverne during B-squad action Thursday night.

Gavin Rodning netted eight points for Fairmont, while Sawyer Tordsen produced six points and five blocks in one half.

Ethan Geerdes netted eight points and Hadan Toomer chipped in seven points to pace Fairmont’s 30-24 victory over Luverne during C-squad action Thursday night.

Fairmont 29, Luverne 27, OT (Girls) — Fairmont utilized staunch defense to exit Luverne with its fifth consecutive victory on Thursday night.

Fairmont outscored Luverne by a 3-1 margin in overtime to collect the low-scoring Big South Conference decision.

Cadee Becker and Bryn Miller each scored nine points to top Fairmont’s winning ways. Becker also grabbed seven rebounds and made four steals, while Miller garnered five boards.

Brittney Mosloski supplied four points for Fairmont, Faith Olson produced three points and three steals, while Maggy Totzke chipped in three points.

Fairmont (9-4), which forced 22 Luverne turnovers en route to a plus-9 edge in that statistical category, plays host to Worthington tonight at Cardinal Gym.

Martin County West 56, Nicollet 44 — Tanner Sinn notched a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds to complement four assists to power the Mavericks to a 12-point win over the Raiders in Valley Conference action Thursday in Nicollet.

Zach Anderson scored 17 points and brought down seven boards for MCW, while Mitch Weber dropped 15 points and doled out five assists.

Christian Bachenberg added eight points to the Mavericks’ effort.

Martin County West shot 10-for-27 from 2-point territory, 9 of 23 from 3-point range and made 9 of 10 from the charity stripe.

Shane Stevensen led the way for the Raiders with 21 points.

Martin County West (7-8) goes to Alden to face Alden-Conger in a Valley Conference matchup at 7:15 p.m. Monday.

Truman/Martin Luther/GHEC 62, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 43 — Adam Heckman recorded a double-double and Matt Heckman celebrated his birthday with 12 points to power the Jaguars past the Knights.

Adam Heckman produced a game-high 27 points, including 3-pointer on a buzzer-beater heading into the halftime break, and 11 rebounds during Valley Conference action Thursday in Truman, while Jakob Fischer scored eight points.

Cael Jaskulke also recorded eight points to complement eight boards, while Owen Wolter contributed seven points and five assists to the Jaguars’ efforts.

TMLGHEC (11-4) goes to Maple River for a newly-scheduled matchup at noon Saturday.

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