Mavericks press past Blackhawks

SHERBURN – Taryn Tumbleson, Kate Thiesse and Jordan Gregory triggered Martin County West’s midcourt trap to break open a 10-point basketball game against Madelia on Tuesday night.

Gregory garnered three steals-turned-layups to close out the opening half as the hometown Mavericks bridged intermission with a 22-3 scoring eruption in Sherburn.

Tumbleson connected on 11 of 15 field goals en route to a game-high 24 points, Thiesse hit 7 of 8 from the floor to score 17 and Gregory tallied 11 points as MCW trampled Madelia, 75-38, during Valley Conference action.

“I thought our girls really focused and played hard during the last part of the first half and the first part of the second half,” said Maverick mentor Rodger Taylor, whose lineup scorched the Sherburn gymnasium nets on 30 of 48 field goals for 62.5 percent.

After center Cinthia Sotelo converted one of her game-best nine rebounds into two of her team-high 20 points to pull Madelia to 24-14, Tumbleson went coast-to-coast for a pull-up 15-footer from the baseline to serve as the catalyst behind MCW’s offensive avalanche to cap the opening half.

Danielle Arndt sank a solo free throw for the Blackhawks before Tumbleson countered with another slicing drive through traffic. Ironically, Arndt nearly duplicated her rival’s maneuver for two points at the other end before Thiesse hit a cutter to spark a string of 18 unanswered Maverick points.

Reilly Geistfeld later pocketed a steal and fired a long outlet pass to a sprinting Tumbleson for a gliding layup before Geistfeld sank a pair of free throws.

Gregory then garnered bookend steals near midcourt and drove the distance for layups to bookend another set of Geistfeld charity tosses before Gregory’s theft-turned-basket at the 40-second juncture closed out MCW’s 42-17 halftime edge.

Tumbleson then opened the second half with a steal-turned-layup before firing one of her game-high four assists to Geistfeld in the low post to put the game well out of reach.

Madyson Larson delivered 10 points and a game-best six steals for the Mavericks, while Geistfeld chipped in eight points.

Arndt scored seven points for the Blackhawks, while Melody Colon contributed five points and four steals.

Martin County West (14-1, 9-0 Valley) travels to Jackson County Central on Friday night.

Madelia (2-14, 2-8) awaits its first-round pairing in the Valley Conference Showcase tournament on Monday night.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain 61, St. Clair 47 – Brooke McDonald produced a double-double performance, while teammate Rachel Shumski neared double-double territory to power the Mustangs to a 14-point Valley Conference victory over the Cyclones on Tuesday night in St. Clair.

McDonald scored 11 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, while Shumski co-led all scorers with 17 points to complement nine boards and three steals.

Mariah Jensen and Hannah Johanson each delivered 10 points for GHEC, while Kenlie Pytleski also neared double-double territory by hauling in a game-leading 14 rebounds to go with eight points. Pytleski also rejected four shots and distributed four assists.

The Mustangs connected on 25 of 74 field goals and 8 of 16 free throws on the game.

Chloe Hanson produced a co-game-best 17 points to top St. Clair, while teammate Hailey Embacher chipped in 11 points.

The Cyclones made 8 of 14 charity tosses on the night.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain (7-7, 6-4 Valley) travels to Armstrong on Saturday to face North Union.

GHEC 27-34-61

St. Clair 23-24-47

North Union 39, Clay Central-Everly 26 – Sarah Rolling netted 12 points to help steer the Warriors to a 13-point Corn Belt Conference triumph over the Mavericks on Tuesday night in Everly, Iowa.

Aurora Oliver collected eight points for North Union, while Alexis Valvick contributed six points to the winning cause.

Madison Irmiter pulled down eight rebounds for the Warriors, while Dena Looft and Peyton Oleson each garnered three steals.

The Warriors made 9 of 23 shots from 2-point range, 5 of 21 from behind the 3-point arc and 6 of 15 at the free throw line.

Blair Montgomery scored a game-best 17 points to top CCE.

North Union (8-4, 5-1 Corn Belt) plays host to Harris-Lake Park on Friday night in Armstrong.

No. Union 25-14-39

CCE 10-16-26

Mankato Loyola 69, Martin Luther 42 – Lindsey Theuninck scored a game-leading 21 points to propel the Class 1A, No. 8-ranked Crusaders to a 69-42 victory over the Knights on Tuesday night in Northrop.

Alexis Brummond scored 13 points to top Martin Luther, which trailed Loyola 33-25 at halftime.

Amber Schulz produced 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Knights, Kayley Shoen distributed five assists and pocketed three steals, while Hunter Payne doled out six assists.

Martin Luther made 15 of 28 shots from 2-point distance, 2 of 2 from behind the 3-point arc and 6 of 13 at the free throw line.

Megan Schroeder added 18 points for the Crusaders.

Martin Luther (6-8, 5-4 Valley) travels to Cleveland on Thursday night, while Mankato Loyola (15-2, 9-0) awaits the Valley Conference Showcase pairings on Monday night.

Loyola 33-36-69

M. Luther 25-17-42

Boys Basketball

Blue Earth Area 63, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 38 – Blue Earth Area post player Luke Monson continued his torrid scoring ways by pouring in a game-best 32 points to power the Bucs to a 63-38 basketball rout over the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights on Tuesday night in Blue Earth.

The 6-foot-6 Monson scorched the nets by hitting 9 of 11 shots from 2-point range, 3 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc and all 5 of his free throws to produce his game-best total.

Monson also pulled down a game-best 16 rebounds – eight at each end of the hardwood court – to finish with an impressive double-double performance.

Ironically, the Bucs trailed the Knights by one at halftime before outscoring the visitors by an incredible 42-16 margin in the second half.

Kellen Jacobs contributed eight points and seven rebounds to Blue Earth Area’s winning ways, while Brandon Olson also scored eight points.

Quinn Huisman scored four points, distributed three assists and pocketed three steals for the Bucs, while Conor Bartlett also collected four points and three steals.

Blue Earth Area connected on 19 of 31 shots from 2-point distance for 61 percent, made 4 of 10 from behind the bonus arc for 40 percent and blistered the nets on 13 of 14 free throws for 93 percent.

Bryson Yackel netted 12 points to top LCWM, while teammate Nick Thul chipped in nine points and eight rebounds.

The Knights hit 7 of 19 shots from 2-point distance for 37 percent, 4 of 19 behind the 3-point line for 21 percent and only 12 of 22 at the charity stripe for 55 percent.

Blue Earth Area (5-11) plays host to Class 2A, No. 4-ranked Waseca on Thursday night.

LCWM 22-16-38

BEA 21-42-63

Martin County West 74, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 61 – Jake Faber poured in a game-leading 21 points to power the Mavericks to a 13-point non-league triumph over the Chargers on Tuesday night in New Ulm.

Cordell Weber delivered 15 points to MCW’s balanced offensive attack, while teammates Alex Biehn and Jake Sinn each contributed 10 points.

The Mavericks, which sizzled from the free throw line by making 11 of 13 on the night, held a 38-30 halftime advantage.

Eric Westphal scored 14 points to pace MVL, while teammates Chad Lease and Nick Dewanz each netted 10 points.

Martin County West (8-6) plays host to Nicollet on Thursday night in Trimont.

MCW 38-36-74

MVL 30-31-61

St. James 88, Granada-Huntley-East Chain 72 – Zach Brandts erupted for a game-best 31 points to steer the Class 2A, No. 10-ranked Saints to a 16-point victory over the Mustangs during a nonconference shootout on Tuesday night at East Chain School.

John Olsen delivered 19 points to St. James’ winning ways, while Jordan Sandmeyer chipped in 15 points.

Josh Wolter connected on four 3-pointers to pace his team-best 23-point performance for GHEC, while Ryan Shumski supplied 15 points and eight rebounds.

Trent Stensland collected 12 points and three assists for the Mustangs, Josh Johanson netted 10 points and three assists, while Jared Green pulled down five boards and doled out three assists.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain (4-9, 4-4 Valley) travels to Truman on Friday night to face Truman/Martin Luther.

St. James (13-3) hits the road to New Ulm on Thursday night for a South Central Conference contest.

St. James 50-38-88

GHEC 35-37-72