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Fairmont girls hoopsters throttle TCU in opener

Nevaeh Rahm

MONTGOMERY — Nevaeh Rahm scorched the Montgomery gymnasium nets on 8-for-12 field-goal shooting to top a balanced Fairmont scoring attack with a game-best 17 points to help the Cardinals tip off the basketball season with a 62-30 non-league rout over the Tri-City United Titans on Friday night.

Grace Pendergast generated solid all-around numbers of 10 points, a game-best five assists and five rebounds for the Cardinals, while teammate Brylee Miller produced 10 points, four assists and three steals.

Jazlyn Geerdes contributed nine points to Fairmont’s winning performance, Abby Cihoski tossed in eight more points, Olivia Ortega topped the boardwork with seven rebounds, Kate Busche pocketed four steals and Rahm added three steals.

The Cardinals connected on 27 of 48 field goals for 56 percent and made 7 of 17 free throws on the game. Fairmont’s defense limited TCU to just 8 of 37 shooting from the floor for 21 percent.

Ortega fueled the Cardinals’ 28-24 rebounding advantage, while Kate Busche triggered the red-and-white’s 15-3 edge in the steals department. Pendergast set the passing trend for Fairmont that amassed 20 assists on the contest.

Fairmont (1-0) travels to Waseca next Friday night for a Big South Conference game.

Fairmont produced a 27-19 victory over Tri-City United during season-opening B-squad play Friday night in Montgomery.

Carys Gudahl scored eight points for the Cardinals, while Meredith Nemmers contributed six points and eight rebounds to the winning cause.

Kennedy Becker generated four steals and distributed four assists for Fairmont.

Fairmont tipped off the season by edging Tri-City United, 31-28, during C-squad action Friday night in Montgomery.

McKenna Pierce netted 12 points to top the Cardinals’ winning ways, while teammate MaKayla Lowry scored eight points.

North Union 63, North Iowa 20 — Naomi Jones collected a rare double-double by scoring a game-best 22 points to complement pocketing a game-leading 11 steals to power the Warriors to a 43-point victory over the Bison on Friday night in Buffalo Center, Iowa.

Jones made 6 of 11 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 4 from behind the 3-point arc and 4 of 5 at the free throw line to pace her point production.

Libby Stevens netted 13 points to go with a game-best four assists and six steals to pack punch for North Union, while Emily Meyer scored 10 points and doled out three assists.

Olivia Merrill generated six points and grabbed five rebounds for the Warriors, while Olivia Von Bank generated five points, pocketed nine steals, pulled down a team-best six rebounds and dished out three assists to cap the winning effort.

The Warriors made 19 of 34 shots from 2-point distance, 7 of 20 behind the 3-point arc and 4 of 5 at the charity stripe.

North Union (2-0) plays host to Estherville-Lincoln Central on Monday night in Armstrong.

Martin County West 53, Mankato Loyola 35 — Thea Anderson led a balanced offensive outburst by the Mavericks to engineer an 18-point Valley Conference victory over the Crusaders on Friday night in Trimont.

Ella Carlson tallied 12 points for MCW, while Kari Matejka tossed in 10 points in the win.

Avery Sanders and Liv Borchardt rounded out the Mavericks’ victorious performance by scoring seven points apiece.

The Mavericks clung to a 23-20 halftime lead only to double up Loyola during the second half by a 30-15 edge.

Ava Schneider hit six 3-pointers to score a game-best 18 points for Loyola.

Martin County West (1-0) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Monday night.

Boys Basketball

Hayfield 48, Martin County West 32 — The No. 9-ranked Mavericks held a 16-12 halftime lead over the No. 1-ranked and defending Class AA state champion Vikings during non-league action Friday night in Hayfield.

Zander Jacobson and Hayfield, however, outscored MCW by a 36-16 margin during the second half to pull away for the 16-point win.

Jacobson tallied a game-high 20 points for the Vikings, while teammates Isaac Matti and Ethan Pack contributed 12 points apiece.

Mitchell Weber delivered a team-high 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Mavericks, while Jamesson Forsberg chipped in eight points and five boards.

Zach Anderson produced all-around solid numbers for MCW by scoring seven points, grabbing a game-best 10 boards, blocking four shots and doling out three assists.

The Mavericks made 8 of 26 shots from 2-point range, only 4 of 20 behind the 3-point arce and 4 of 7 at the charity stripe.

The Vikings hit 14 of 27 attempts from 2-point territory, just 3 of 18 behind the bonus arc and 11 of 22 at the free throw line.

Martin County West (1-1) travels to Jackson County Central on Monday night for a nonconference contest.

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