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Fairmont girls hoopsters floor Waseca; Jaguars, Mavericks win openers

Cadee Becker

WASECA — Post player Cadee Becker and wing Rayah Quiring combined for 30 points to engineer the Fairmont Cardinals’ 67-53 victory over the Waseca Bluejays during Big South Conference basketball action Thursday night in Waseca.

Becker netted a game-leading 19 points to complement three rebounds and three assists for the Cardinals, while Quiring collected 11 points, three boards and three steals.

Brittney Mosloski produced eight points, grabbed three rebounds and distributed a game-high five assists for Fairmont, while Ava Terfehr generated eight points.

Emma Gudahl and Grace Pendergast each contributed six points to the Cardinals’ balanced offensive performance, while Maggy Totzke tacked on five points. Gudahl also pocketed four steals, while Totzke doled out three assists.

Fairmont connected on 26 of 56 field goals overall, including scorching the nets on 6 of 15 attempts from 3-point range for 40 percent. The Cardinals also made 9 of 13 free throws on the night.

Sam Azure netted 14 points to top the Bluejays, while teammate Aliyah Taylor contributed 12 points.

The Cardinals built a 34-25 lead by halftime.

Fairmont (2-0) plays Luverne at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in a Big South Showcase game in New Ulm.

Nevaeh Rahm produced a double-double performance to guide Fairmont to a 43-27 victory over Waseca during B-squad action Thursday night in Waseca.

Rahm collected 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Brylee Miller generated eight points and six rebounds, while Abby Cihoski chipped in six points.

Fairmont B-squad (2-0) plays host to Medford on Tuesday night.

Fairmont’s C-squad made it a clean sweep by edging Waseca, 25-20, Thursday night in Waseca.

Meredith Nemmers tallied eight points to pace the Cardinals’ victory, while Kennedy Becker contributed six points.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 55, Nicollet 39 — Jenna Balcom, Katelyn Diegnau and Olivia Mattson each scored in double figures to pace the Jaguars’ season-opening Valley Conference win over the Raiders on Thursday night in Nicollet.

Balcom, who finished with 18 points, and Diegnau, who generated 14 points, each erupted for 10 second-half points to help the Jaguars snap a 24-all halftime score and outscore the Raiders by a 31-15 margin down the stretch.

Mattson contributed 10 points to the Jaguars’ win.

The Jaguars (1-0) travel to Alden next Thursday night for a game against Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons.

Boys Basketball

Martin County West 66, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 47 — Zach Anderson and Tanner Sinn each produced double-double efforts to stampede the Mavericks to a 19-point Valley Conference triumph over the Knights on Thursday night in Trimont.

Anderson scorched the nylon cords for a game-best 27 points to complement pulling down 10 rebounds.

Sinn tossed in 17 points for MCW, while leading all rebounders by yanking down a game-high 14 caroms.

Mitch Weber scored eight points and distributed three assists for the Mavericks, while Christian Bachenberg doled out a game-best five assists.

The Mavericks sank 18 of 35 shots from 2-point distance, 7 of 19 behind the 3-point arc and 9 of 14 at the free throw line.

Sinn and Anderson paced MCW’s 37-24 edge on the boards.

The Mavericks built a 41-24 halftime lead before outscoring LCWM 25-23 in the second segment.

Martin County West (1-0) plays host to Westbrook-Walnut Grove at 6:45 p.m. Saturday night in Trimont.

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