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MCW opens basketball season with back-to-back wins

Ella Carlson

WINSTED — Two for two on the road.

Martin County West teammates Emily Anderson and Ella Carlson proved double-double trouble for the Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thunderbirds during Monday night’s nonconference basketball clash in Winthrop.

Anderson produced game-leading totals of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Ella Carlson tallied a co-game-best 19 points and pulled down 11 boards to stampede the Mavericks to a 50-37 triumph over the Thunderbirds.

Anderson also recorded a game-high four blocked shots and connected for all three of Martin County West’s 3-pointers.

Emily Schettler distributed a game-best six assists to complement grabbing seven rebounds and scoring six points for the Mavericks in their second win of the season.

The Mavericks made 20 of 41 shots from 2-point distance, 3 of 11 behind the 3-point arc and just 1 of 4 at the free throw line.

Martin County West held a 30-25 lead at halftime.

Marti Jacobson scored 15 points to top the Thunderbirds, while teammate Nicole Duehn chipped in seven points.

Martin County West (2-0) plays host to Nicollet at 7 p.m. Friday night in Sherburn. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (0-1) hits the road to Lester Prairie tonight for a 7:15 p.m. tipoff.

Martin County West 38, Edgerton 35 — Emily Anderson and her Martin County West basketball teammates made sure Cliff Anderson netted a win in his first-ever game as the Maverick girls program’s head coach on Saturday.

Emily Anderson poured in a game-best 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and rejected four opposing shots to help engineer Martin County West’s 38-35 season-opening triumph over Edgerton during the Minnesota West College’s Thanksgiving Classic in Worthington.

Cliff Anderson, who served as the Maverick boys basketball program’s head coach for more than two decades, made the move during the offseason to fill the void created by legendary MCW mentor Rodger Taylor’s retirement.

Avery Sanders contributed eight points to the Mavericks’ winning performance, while teammate Liv Borchardt delivered seven points, six boards, three assists and three blocked shots.

Ella Carlson tallied three points and pulled down seven rebounds for MCW, while Courtney Anderson supplied seven rebounds.

The Mavericks connected on 11 of 31 field goals overall and 13 of 24 free throws, while matching Edgerton on the boards by collecting 33 apiece.

The two teams were tied at 18-all at intermission.

Alyda Vande Griend scored 15 points to pace Edgerton, while teammate Mateya Gilbertson chipped in nine points.

Edgerton made 10 of 47 shots from 2-point range, 3 of 16 behind the 3-point arc and 6 of 16 at the free throw line.

Edgerton (0-1) hits the road to Mountain Lake on Friday for a game against Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey.

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