MANKATO - Fairmont took care of the basketball on Thursday night, and in the process, flattened New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, 100-42, during the opening round of the Pepsi Holiday Tournament on the Bethany Lutheran College campus in Mankato.
The high-octane Cardinals (6-2) advance to face St. Croix Lutheran - a 68-58 first-round winner over St. Clair - at 8:30 p.m. tonight in a semifinal clash at the North Gym on the BLC campus in Mankato.
Fairmont, which committed only two turnovers in its holiday tournament opener, scorched the Younge Gym nylon nets on 33 of 55 shots from 2-point range for 60 percent. The Cardinals also connected on 5 of 14 shots from behind the 3-point arc and hit 19 of 24 free throws for 79 percent.
OFF THE WINDOW — Fairmont guard Mitch Pfingsten (3) fires a one-handed shot over New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva’s Kevin Kalis (45) and Macoy Schwierjohan (15) during first-round basketball action in the Bethany Lutheran College holiday tournament Thursday in Mankato. Photo by Leanna Becker
Mitch Pfingsten drilled 8 of 10 field goals from 2-point range to fuel his game-leading 18-point performance to top Fairmont, while Justin Barnes and Levi Becker each contributed 12 points to the balanced offensive effort. Barnes sank all six of his field goals, while Becker made 4 of 8 from the floor and 4 of 4 at the free throw line.
Josh Eversman supplied 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting to complement a game-best six steals for the Cardinals, Bryce Holm and Jay Ruen each netted eight points, while Luke Hested garnered eight boards to pace the team's 38-20 rebounding edge.
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Fairmont utilized balanced scoring to down New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, 47-30, during junior varsity action at the Pepsi Holiday Tournament on Thursday in Mankato.
Tadd Abel scored 14 points to pace the Cardinals' winning ways, Luke Becker netted 13 points, while Taylor Beebe chipped in 10 points.
Fairmont faces St. Croix Lutheran at 3:30 p.m. today in junior varsity tournament action in Mankato.
St. Cloud Tech Classic
Sioux Falls Roosevelt 58, Fairmont 47 - Nicole Hatcher scored a team-best 17 points to guide the South Dakota Class AA, No. 5-ranked Rough Riders to an 11-point victory over the Cardinals on Thursday at the St. Cloud Tech Classic in St. Cloud.
Junior center Kayla Lardy produced a game-best double-double performance of 25 points and 15 rebounds to pace Fairmont's effort.
Alex Christianson supplied nine points and distributed four assists for the Cardinals, while Kristen Campe contributed eight points.
Fairmont connected on 18 of 42 shots from 2-point distance, only 1 of 11 from behind the 3-point arc and 8 of 15 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (1-7) faces Rocori at 4 p.m. today in St. Cloud.
Cassidy Krusemark netted 16 points to pace a balanced scoring attack to guide Fairmont to a 70-7 rout of St. Cloud Tech during junior varsity action Thursday at the St. Cloud Tech Classic.
Haley Harder and Pauli Anderson each scored 12 points for the Cardinals, while Sophie Shelgren chipped in 11 points.
Fairmont plays Sauk Rapids-Rice at 12:30 p.m. today in junior varsity tourney action in St. Cloud.
Mt. Lake Area Tour
Ellsworth 62, Truman 28 - Amber Walkowaik poured in a game-best 24 points to steer the Panthers to a 62-28 first-round victory over the Bluejays on Thursday during the Mountain Lake Area Holiday Tournament in Mountain Lake.
Bridget Kramer added 16 points for Ellsworth, which faces Mountain Lake Area at 7:45 p.m. tonight in the tournament championship game in Mountain Lake.
Truman (0-8) faces Westbrook-Walnut Grove (3-5) at 6 p.m. today in the third-place game.
Brooke McDonald neared double-double territory by grabbing 10 rebounds to complement eight points to top the Bluejays.
Emily Zaharia supplied six points and five rebounds for Truman, while Cleo Maloney contributed five points and three steals.
The Bluejays made 9 of 13 free throws on the game, while the Panthers hit 16 of 33 at the charity stripe.
Ellsworth 58, Truman/Martin Luther 53 - Mitch Leuthold scored a game-best 21 points to engineer the Panthers' five-point victory over the BluejayKnights during first-round action Thursday night in the Mountain Lake Area Holiday Tournament in Mountain Lake.
Ellsworth advances to play Mountain Lake Area for the tourney championship at 2:45 p.m. today in Mountain Lake. Truman/Martin Luther (4-4) faces Lakeview for third place at 1 p.m. today.
Sam Geistfeld tallied 15 points to top TML, while Cade Ekstrom and Chandler Greier each supplied 12 points.
Mountain Lake Area 53, Lakeview 25 - Carter Kirk netted a double-double performance of 16 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocked shots to propel the Wolverines to an opening 53-25 tournament triumph over the Lakers on Thursday night in Mountain Lake.
Cody Klassen scored 12 points for Mountain Lake Area, which plays Ellsworth for the tourney title today.