No. 6 Fairmont wraps up perfect SCC

NEW ULM – The Class 2A, No. 6-ranked Fairmont Cardinal girls basketball lineup reached three milestones during Friday night’s South Central Conference game against the New Ulm Eagles in New Ulm.

Senior center Kayla Lardy produced a double-double performance of 14 points and 16 rebounds to guide Fairmont to a 49-33 victory over New Ulm to cap a perfect 10-0 conference record.

The Cardinals made history by capturing the last-ever South Central Conference girls basketball crown. The SCC will join forces with the Southwest Conference next season to form the Big South Conference.

From an individual perspective, Lardy and senior guard Kristen Campe each climbed the program’s all-time statistical ladders in career points and career 3-pointers made, respectively.

Campe connected on a trifecta to give Fairmont an early 5-0 lead to take sole possession of the No. 1 spot in all-time 3-pointers with 96 total. She shared the top spot with former Cardinal standout Rhiannon Plumhoff at 95 each prior to Friday’s contest.

Meanwhile, Lardy needed only four points to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau and accomplished the task by converting point guard Sierra Schultz’s assist into her second field goal of the night at the 11:58 juncture of the opening half.

Lardy moved into the program’s No. 4 spot in all-time scoring with 1,010 points by the end of the night. Only former Cardinal standouts Ashley Alleven (1,307), Kirsten True (1,091) and Sam Waletich (1,077) have scored more points than Lardy, while former Fairmont great Megan Forster is No. 5 all-time at 1,001.

Lardy also pocketed three steals to go with her double-double, while forward Alex Christianson produced 10 points, six rebounds and three steals during the win over New Ulm.

Campe finished with nine points, five boards and three assists, while Schultz supplied eight points, six assists and three steals.

Power forward Courtney Mosloski added eight points for Fairmont, which made 18 of 43 shots from 2-point range. The Cardinals also hit 1 of 7 from 3-point territory and 10 of 14 at the free throw line.

Fairmont (22-3, 10-0 SCC) is idle until traveling to New Richland on Monday, Feb. 24, for a clash with Class 2A defending state champion and No. 1-ranked New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva.

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Brooke Hunwardsen collected 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists to pace Fairmont’s 35-27 victory over New Ulm during C-squad action Friday night in New Ulm.

Lexi Lunn supplied six steals, four points and four rebounds for the Cardinals, Taylor Crissinger netted eight points and five boards, while Alli Lardy generated six points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

Claire Cutler and Brenna Cutler each chipped in six and five rebounds, respectively, for Fairmont.

Mankato Loyola 60, Martin County West 50 – Aunikah Bastian scored a game-best 19 points to engineer the Class 1A, No. 8-ranked Crusaders’ 10-point victory over the Mavericks during a battle of previously-undefeated Valley Conference leaders on Friday night in Mankato.

Loyola clinched the conference crown with a perfect 13-0 record, while Martin County West claimed runner-up league honors with an 11-2 mark in the Valley.

Taryn Tumbleson scored 16 points to top the Mavericks’ effort, teammate Kate Thiesse produced 14 points, three assists and three steals, while McKenna Taylor grabbed eight rebounds.

The Mavericks, who trailed 24-22 at halftime, made 9 of 15 free throws on the game. The Crusaders hit 18 of 24 charity tosses on the night.

Martin County West (17-4) travels to Windom Area on Monday.

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Granada-Huntley-East Chain 61, Southwest Star 59 – Emily Zaharia delivered a game-best 22 points, while teammate Rachel Shumski netted a double-double to lift the Mustangs to a two-point non-league victory over the Quasars on Friday night in Okabena.

Zaharia connected on 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range to complement three steals, while Shumski pulled down a game-best 15 rebounds to go with 12 points.

Allyson Cegelske netted nine points and distributed six assists for GHEC, Brooke McDonald scored eight points, while Kenlie Pytleski hauled in nine boards.

The Mustangs connected on 23 of 70 shots from 2-point distance, 7 of 14 behind the 3-point arc and 8 of 20 at the free throw line.

Courtney Place scored 21 points to top Southwest Star, which made 16 of 26 free throws.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain (10-10) plays host to United South Central on Monday night at East Chain School.

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Blue Earth Area 48, St. James 44 – The Bucs erased a three-point halftime deficit to earn a four-point South Central Conference victory over the Saints on Friday night in Blue Earth.

Kaitlyn Olsen delivered 18 points and five steals to top BEA’s second-half comeback, while teammate Paige Darrington produced a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Jenna Stevermer supplied eight points and three steals for the Bucs, who hit 8 of 31 shots from 2-point territory, 5 of 20 from behind the bonus arc and 17 of 29 at the free throw line.

Blue Earth Area (8-11, 3-7 SCC) plays host to Martin County West on Tuesday night.

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United South Central 64, Martin Luther 34 – The Rebels outscored the Knights by a 38-13 margin in the second half to pull away for a 30-point nonconference victory on Friday night in Wells.

Hanna Geistfeld scored eight points, Kayley Shoen netted seven points, while Alexis Brummond doled out four assists.

The Knights made 15 of 33 shots from 2-point range, 1 of 8 behind the 3-point line and 1 of 6 at the charity stripe.

Martin Luther travels to St. James on Tuesday night.

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Boys Basketball

Mountain Lake Area 66, Southwestern United 43 – Carter Kirk collected a game-high double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds to complement four blocks in powering the Class 1A, No. 5-ranked Wolverines to a 66-43 Red Rock Conference triumph over the Wildcats on Friday night in Mountain Lake.

Cody Klassen contributed 17 points and six rebounds to MLA’s winning ways, while Andrew Hempeck supplied 12 points, seven rebounds, five steals and five assists.

The Wolverines made 26 of 70 field goals and 11 of 22 free throws on the game.

Mountain Lake Area (20-2, 15-0 Red Rock) travels to Slayton on Tuesday night to face Murray County Central.

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