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Wiens hits seven 3s to lift LCWM over Fairmont

AT THE RIM — Fairmont’s Oliver Tordsen (30) reaches above the rim as Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s Jack Brockmann (2) finger-rolls home a basket during nonconference action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s boys hoopsters held a lead midway through the first half, tied the game twice in the early stages of the second half and even held a 41-40 lead with 9 minutes remaining in regulation on Tuesday night.

With 6 minutes to go, however, Ethan Wiens and Jack Brockmann dominated the perimeter and the paint, respectively, to rally Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial to a 66-58 non-league basketball victory at Cardinal Gym.

Wiens buried three of his game-best seven 3-pointers en route to a game-leading 23 points during the visiting Knights’ pivotal 13-2 run that transformed a razor-thin one-point lead into an eventual 61-48 edge.

Brockmann hit a key putback basket and converted one of Mason Anderson’s team-high four assists into a low-post bank shot during the momentum-changing surge to finish with a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

“Lake Crystal has so many scorers that No. 12 (Wiens) is not one of the guys you look at in the scouting report, but he definitely carried them tonight,” said Fairmont head coach Jared Thompson. “They are the best pass, dribble and shoot team we face, and they made more plays than we did during about a four-minute stretch at the end of the game and that was the difference.”

The Cardinals’ three-pronged post attack of Oliver Tordsen, Logan Junkermeier and Trevor Maakestad combined for 17 points in the first half to cling to a 17-15 lead with 5 minutes left before intermission.

Wiens and Jack Goeringer, however, buried back-to-back 3s before Jamis Ulman tossed in four points to help trigger the Knights’ 29-23 halftime edge.

Hadan Toomer and Levi Pooley, who each netted a co-team-high 13 points, and teammate Blaze Geiger each drilled 3-pointers to eventually draw Fairmont even on the scoreboard at 33-all at the 15-minute mark.

“We came out of the break shooter-ready and hit some 3s to claw back into the mix, but just couldn’t get out on Wiens when they rotated the ball to him behind the (3-point) arc,” said Thompson.

Pooley also generated a game-best five assists and pocketed three steals, while Toomer doled out three helpers. Tordsen neared double-double territory by netting nine points and nine boards, Junkermeier produced eight points and seven rebounds, while Maakestad and Geiger added eight and seven points, respectively.

Mason Anderson doled out four assists, grabbed six boards, pocketed three steals and scored 13 points for the Knights.

Fairmont (12-12) travels to Belle Plaine on Thursday night for a regular-season nonconference game. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial (21-3) plays host to Norwood Young America on Friday night.

LCWM        29-37–66

Fairmont    23-35–58

FAIRMONT (58)

Junkermeier 3-5 2-3 8, Pooley 2-10 7-8 13, Tordsen 4-10 1-3 9, Toomer 4-8 2-2 13, Geiger 2-6 1-2 7, Schrunk 0-1 0-0 0, Maakestad 3-4 2-2 8, Hackett 0-4 0-0 0, Schultze 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 15-20 58.

LCWM (66)

Brockmann 4-11 2-4 10, E. Anderson 0-3 0-0 0, Ulman 7-15 2-3 16, M. Anderson 5-7 0-0 13, Wiens 8-15 0-0 23, Gengler 0-0 1-2 1, Goeringer 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 25-55 5-9 66.

3-pointers: LCWM 11-25 (Wiens 7, M. Anderson 3, Goeringer 1); Fairmont 7-20 (Toomer 3, Pooley and Geiger 2 each). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: LCWM 33 (Brockmann 10, Ulman 8); Fairmont 31 (Tordsen 9, Junkermeier 7). Assists: LCWM 13 (M. Anderson 4, Ulman 3); Fairmont 11 (Pooley 5, Toomer 3). Steals: LCWM 13 (Goeringer, M. Anderson and Wiens 3 each); Fairmont 5 (Pooley 3).

LCWM rolled to a 49-29 victory over Fairmont during B-squad action Tuesday night.

Joe Long scored six points to top the Cardinals, while Tavian Harvey chipped in five points.

Brayden Williamson delivered 15 points to fuel Fairmont’s 34-23 win over LCWM during C-squad action Tuesday night in Fairmont.

Reed Johnson contributed eight points to the win.

Cedar Mountain 78, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 55 — Blake Schueller poured in a game-leading 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Cougars claw the Jaguars by 23 during non-league action Tuesday night in Morgan.

Carter Fox generated another double-double performance of 19 points and 11 rebounds to top the Jaguars. Fox also doled out four assists and blocked four opponents’ shots.

Jackson Madsen produced 10 points and eight boards for the Jaguars, while Braeden Shell scored seven points and Carter Brudelie chipped in six points and three steals.

The Jaguars (10-15) play host to Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda on Thursday night in Truman in a regular-season game.

Worthington 73, Blue Earth Area 56 — Zach Hayenga connected on four 3-pointers to highlight his game-best 22-point performance to steer the Trojans to a 17-point Big South Conference triumph over the Bucs on Tuesday night in Blue Earth.

Jacari Swinea contributed 15 points to Worthington’s winning ways, while teammate Andrew Mulder naile three treys to pace his 13-point effort.

Gage Barker netted 17 points to top the Bucs, while teammate Max Loge tossed in 12 points.

Taylor Davids collected 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds for BEA, while Jacob Grandgenett pocketed four steals.

Blue Earth Area (9-11) hits the road to Waseca on Thursday night for another conference game.

Girls Basketball

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 74, Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 36 — Morgan Mathiowetz delivered a game-leading 27-point performance to power the Knights to a 38-point nonconference triumph over the Jaguars on Tuesday night in Granada.

McKenna Benck produced 11 points, six rebounds and five steals to top the Jaguars, while Olivia Mattson contributed six points and garnered seven boards.

Londyn Bowers tallied six points for the Jaguars, while Eisley Emmert chipped in five points.

The Jaguars (19-6) tip off the Section 2A, South Sub-Section playoffs by playing host to Madelia at 7 p.m. Monday night in Granada.

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s (19-7) plays host to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop in a 7 p.m. North Sub-Section opener on Monday night in Sleepy Eye.

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