FAIRMONT - St. Peter point forward Tailor Raymond just missed a rare triple-double performance, while teammate Kelsey Carpenter just kept sinking triples during Thursday night's basketball game in Fairmont.
Raymond produced 11 points, 10 rebounds and a game-best nine assists, while Carpenter nailed five 3s, including all four of her second-half attempts, en route to a game-high 21 points to power the Saints' 58-39 victory over the Fairmont Cardinals.
"So close," Raymond said upon hearing her stellar all-around numbers on the South Central Conference clash at Cardinal Gym. "I've never had one (triple-double) before."
INTERCEPTION — Fairmont guard Kristen Campe (left) dribbles up the court after intercepting a pass during South Central Conference basketball action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. St. Peter’s Lydia Kennedy (4) and Fairmont’s Sierra Schultz (back) sprint on the play. Photo by Leanna Becker
Raymond dominated the backboards by garnering seven first-half rebounds, while finding 6-foot-2 sophomore center Olivia Hass early and often in the low post during the initial 18 minutes of hardwood action.
Junior post player Kayla Lardy, who generated a double-double of 10 points and a game-leading 12 rebounds, converted one of Alex Christianson's three assists into a low-post basket to inch Fairmont within 9-7 before the Raymond-to-Hass combination created separation on the scoreboard.
Hass, who netted 13 points to complement eight rebounds, reeled off seven points of the Saints' ensuing 9-2 offensive surge to double the visitors' lead to 18-9 with 5:18 remaining in the opening half.
Christianson later hit a putback basket before Kristen Campe swooshed a baseline 12-footer off a Sierra Schultz skip pass to whittle the Cardinals' deficit to five nearly 3 minutes later.
Carpenter, however, delivered an usual 4-point play to cap a 7-0 run just before intermission to stake St. Peter to a 10-point edge. Carpenter hit the front end of a one-and-one situation before Hass cleared the back-end miss and spotted Carpenter for a right-wing trifecta.
"We went to a 2-1-2 to counter Fairmont's defensive adjustment and it opened up the corners for us," said St. Peter mentor Bob Southworth, whose lineup singed the nylon nets on 10 of 18 field goals, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, during the second half to put the game out of reach.
Carpenter, who proved a perfect 5-for-5 from the field during the second half, drilled back-to-back 3s to open the latter segment and helped double the gap to 34-17.
Campe, who scored a team-best 13 points, nailed a 3-pointer off a Tracy Thiesse assist before pocketing one of her co-game-high four steals and hitting the layup to cause St. Peter to call timeout with 11 minutes left in regulation.
Christianson floated home a low-post leaner to trim Fairmont's deficit to 40-28 out of the short break before the sharpshooting Carpenter drilled another 3-pointer to swing the momentum back in St. Peter's direction with 9:40 remaining in regulation.
Christianson contributed eight points and six rebounds to the Cardinals' effort.
Fairmont (1-5, 0-2 SCC) plays host to St. James next Thursday night, while St. Peter (4-1, 3-0) plays host to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Tuesday night.
Courtney Mosloski collected a double-double performance of 15 points and 10 rebounds to help pace Fairmont's 45-41 victory over St. Peter during B-squad action Thursday night in Fairmont.
Sophie Shelgren delivered 11 points, eight rebounds and a game-best six steals to the Cardinals' winning effort.
Cassidy Krusemark contributed 11 points to Fairmont's victory, while Haley Harder chipped in eight points.
St. Peter edged Fairmont, 34-29, during C-squad action Thursday night in Fairmont.
Marisa Nelson netted 14 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals, while Larissa Becker supplied six points.
Martin County West 59, Maple River 31 - The Mavericks remained undefeated with a 59-31 Valley Conference victory over Maple River on Thursday night in Mapleton.
Taryn Tumbleson, Morgan Williamson and Kate Thiesse each tallied 12 points to provide a balanced offensive attack.
Tumbleson also made seven steals and doled out three assists, while Thiesse pulled down eight rebounds and made six steals for the Mavericks.
MCW sank 6 of 13 free throws, while shooting 26-for-80 from the floor.
Molly Landsteiner tallied 12 points to top Maple River.
Martin County West (6-0, 4-0 Valley) travels to New Ulm for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game against Minnesota Valley Lutheran tonight.
Maple River (2-4, 1-3 Valley) travels to Medford for a 5 p.m. nonconference game on Saturday.
Manson-Northwest Webster 42, North Union 21 - The Cougars downed the Warriors, 42-21, in a nonconference basketball game on Thursday night in Manson, Iowa.
Sarah Rolling scored five points and grabbed three rebounds, Madison Bollig scored four and pulled down three boards for the Warriors.
Dena Looft added four points and made four steals for North Union.
The Warriors shot 9 of 38 from the floor, and went 3-for-8 at the free throw line.
North Union (4-3, 1-1 Corn Belt) travels to Harris-Lake Park for a 6 p.m. conference game tonight.
MNW 15-8-13- 6-42
NU 5-4- 2-10-21
Granada-Huntley-East Chain 58, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 35 - The Mustangs defeated the Knights, 58-35, in Valley Conference action on Thursday night at East Chain School.
Rachel Shumski scored 14 points to lead GHEC to victory, while teammate Anna Balcom added 12 points to the balanced attack.
Amanda Cegelske tallied the Mustangs' third double-digit performance with 10 points to go with five assists, five rebounds and three blocks in the win.
Balcom pulled down six rebounds and made four steals, while Alex Stennes grabbed four rebounds.
The Mustangs shot 25 of 59 from the floor, and made 4 of 9 from the charity stripe.
Megan Schroeder led the Knights' attack, scoring 20 points.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (3-3, 3-1 Valley) travels for a 7:30 p.m. conference game against Alden-Conger on Tuesday night.
St. Clair 71, Truman 43 - Katelyn Weber poured in a game-best 22 points and teammate Chloe Hanson added 17 points to power the Cyclones to a 71-43 Valley Conference victory over the Bluejays on Thursday night in St. Clair.
Cleo Maloney scored 16 points and pocketed a game-leading eight steals to pace Truman, while teammate Emily Zaharia supplied 15 points and distributed five assists.
Briannia Pearson netted four steals and four assists for the Bluejays, who made 8 of 14 free throws on the game.
Truman (0-5, 0-4 Valley) plays host to Nicollet on Tuesday night.
St. Clair (3-2, 2-2) hits the road to New Ulm Cathedral on Monday night.
St. Clair 31-40-71
Nicollet 54, Martin Luther 35 - The Raiders' Emily Skrien scored 19 points to help down the Knights, 54-35, in a Valley Conference basketball game on Thursday night in Nicollet.
Amber Schulz scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kristi Oberdieck pulled down 10 boards and scored seven points for the Knights.
Anika Johnson recorded six points and snared five rebounds for Martin Luther.
The Knights went 13-for-58 shooting from the floor, while making 8 of 18 free throws.
The Raiders' Carissa Woller tallied 11 points in the winning effort.
Martin Luther (4-2, 3-1 Valley) travels for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game against Sleepy Eye Public on Monday night.
Waseca 79, Blue Earth Area 42 - The Bluejays made 18 of 29 baskets from inside the arc, along with 12 of 25 from behind the 3-point line, to down the Bucs 79-42 in a South Central Conference basketball game on Thursday night in Blue Earth.
Brandyn Olsen scored 18 points, while Luke Monson tallied 11 points for the Bucs.
Dallas Barslou also reached double figures, scoring 10 points for BEA.
Steven Plocker pulled down nine boards and Quinn Huisman made four steals for the Bucs, who shot 16 of 42 from the floor, including 4 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Blue Earth Area (0-1, 0-1 SCC) travels for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game against New-Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Tuesday night in New Richland.