Fairmont downs No. 9 Braham in tourney
ST. CLOUD – The Fairmont Cardinal girls basketball lineup extended its winning streak to eight in a row on Friday, while slamming the brakes on the Class 2A, No. 9-ranked Braham Bombers’ seven-game run.
Post player Courtney Mosloski produced a double-double performance, while teammate Kayla Lardy neared double-double territory to power Fairmont to a 57-45 victory over Braham during first-round action at the St. Cloud Tech Holiday Classic in St. Cloud.
Mosloski generated 13 points and grabbed a game-best 13 points to complement three assists, while Lardy tallied a team-high 14 points to go with nine boards and four assists.
Sierra Schrader contributed nine points and six rebounds to the Cardinals’ winning ways, while Alex Christianson supplied nine points.
Sierra Schultz netted six points and distributed four assists for Fairmont, while Kristen Campe chipped in six points.
The Cardinals connected on 18 of 39 shots from 2-point range for 46 percent and 21 of 29 free throws for 72 percent.
Fairmont (8-1) faces Zimmerman at 2:30 p.m. today in second-round classic action at St. Cloud Tech.
Braham downed Fairmont, 55-37, during B-squad tournament action Friday in St. Cloud.
Marisa Nelson scored 11 points to top the Cardinals’ effort, while Alexis Bass supplied eight points. Sophie Brau contributed seven points, while Emily Kloeckner added six points.
The Fairmont B-squad plays Zimmerman at 11 a.m. today in St. Cloud.
SMSU 1-Day Invite
Martin County West 45, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 38 – Power forward Reilly Geistfeld neared double-double territory to engineer the Mavericks’ seven-point triumph over the Knights during the Southwest Minnesota State University’s 1-Day Holiday Invitational on Friday in Marshall.
Geistfeld poured in a game-best 17 points to go with a co-game-high nine boards and five steals.
Kate Thiesse generated seven points and a co-game-best nine boards for MCW, while teammate Whitney Smith scored eight points.
Taryn Tumbleson pocketed three steals, while McKenna Taylor registered three blocked shots to highlight the Mavericks’ defensive prowess.
MCW made 18 of 53 shots from the floor for 34 percent and 6 of 17 free throws on the game.
Dana Schaefer scored 10 points to top RTR, which sank 8 of 12 charity tosses on the contest.
Martin County West (7-1, 3-0 Valley) travels to Northrop on Friday, Jan. 3, to face Martin Luther.
Windom Holiday Classic
Blue Earth Area 56, Martin Luther 49 – Forward Paige Darrington scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to steer the Bucs to a second-half comeback and eventual seven-point victory over the Knights on Friday during first-round action in the Windom Holiday Classic in Windom.
Martin Luther held a 26-24 halftime lead before Blue Earth Area generated a 32-22 scoring edge in the second half to rally for the win.
Jenna Stevermer contributed 13 points and four rebounds to the Bucs’ winning effort, while teammate Taylor Grandgenett supplied 12 points and four steals.
Power forward Amber Schulz scored a game-high 19 points to complement a co-game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double to pace the Knights.
Kayley Shoen generated nine points and pocketed a game-best six steals for Martin Luther, while Kristi Oberdieck scored eight points and grabbed a co-game-best 11 boards.
Hunter Payne chipped in eight points for the Knights, who made 16 of 51 field goals and 15 of 20 free throws for 75 percent on the game.
The Bucs hit 21 of 69 shots from the floor and 14 of 24 at the free throw line.
Blue Earth Area (3-3) plays host Windom Area at 4:30 p.m. today for the tournament championship game in Windom.
Martin Luther (1-5) takes on Hope Academy in the third-place game at 3 p.m. today.
B.E. Area 24-32-56
M. Luther 26-22-48