SHERBURN - Martin County West junior Cordell Weber sank back-to-back baskets coming out of halftime to lead the Mavericks to a 58-38 Valley Conference victory over the Mankato Loyola Crusaders on Friday night in Sherburn.
The Maverick defense held the Crusaders to nine points through the first 10 minutes of the opening half.
"We thought that they would probably run on us, but we knew if we out-rebounded them and played good defense, we would have a good chance to win," said Martin County West head coach Cliff Anderson.
ONE-HANDED RELEASE — Martin County West’s Cordell Weber (3) releases a one-handed jumper during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Sherburn. Maverick teammates Kyle Brolsma (left) and Mitch Sitzmann (2), along with Mankato Loyola’s Evan Ellingworth (white 3) and Carson Seifert (right), watch the action. Photo by Leanna Becker
Austin Krumwiede, Alex Biehn and Jake Faber helped control the glass for the Mavericks in the first half, combining for 11 of the 19 rebounds.
Lance Gaspar provided some much-needed offense for Mankato Loyola sinking three baskets during the final eight minutes, including a traditional 3-point play on a layup to score seven of the Crusaders' 16 points.
Krumwiede scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, with eight coming at the free throw line. That, along with Faber's eight points, guided the Mavericks to an eight-point lead at half.
Weber, who scored six points in the first 18 minutes, then caught fire and made 5 of 7 shots for 13 points in the second half, including five during the first three minutes.
Weber spotted up for an open look at a 3 in the corner on the first Maverick possession and followed up with a shot just 5 feet closer for two after the black-and-blue defense denied the Crusaders.
Loyola tried to combat the Mavericks' zone defense by slowing down its offense, but couldn't get any offensive flow.
"I thought our defense played well tonight. Especially on the perimeter, I thought we did a good job of making them take tough shots," said Anderson.
Carson Seifert tried to combat Weber's offensive attack by making 5 of his 10 shots in the second half and going 1-for-2 from the charity stripe for a team-high 12 points. Seifert's efforts couldn't stop the Maverick offensive efforts.
The Crusaders made 5 of 11 shots from behind the arc, and made just 14 of 36 shots from the floor.
Mitch Sitzmann scored all six of his points in the second half and grabbed four rebounds for the Mavericks.
Martin County West shot 22 of 48 from the floor, and was nearly perfect from the free throw line, sinking 9 of 12.
Martin County West (10-2, 5-1 Valley) travels to Luverne for a 5 p.m. nonconference game today.
Mankato Loyola (7-7, 4-2 Valley) plays host to Truman/Martin Luther in a 7:30 p.m. Valley Conference game next Friday night.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain 44, Nicollet 32 - Ryan Shumski generated 11 points and six rebounds to guide the Mustangs to a 12-point Valley Conference victory over the Raiders on Friday night at East Chain School.
Konnor Kristenson pulled down 11 rebounds to pace GHEC, Dylan Petrowiak supplied six points and four assists, while Logan Pytleski chipped in six points.
The Mustangs connected on 15 of 37 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc and 8 of 18 at the free throw line.
Matt Fischer scored 10 points to top Nicollet, while Jay Hendrycks added nine points.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (3-6, 3-2 Valley) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial tonight.
Truman/Martin Luther 61, Alden-Conger 42 - Forward Sam Geistfeld neared rare 20-20 territory in engineering the BluejayKnights' 19-point Valley Conference triumph over the Knights on Friday night in Alden.
Geistfeld produced game-leading totals of 20 points and 18 rebounds, while teammate Cade Ekstrom supplied 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Alex Weihe generated eight points and 10 rebounds for TML, which made 26 of 56 field goals and 17 of 31 free throws on the game.
Eli Hallman scored 12 points to top A-C, while Matt Erickson chipped in nine points.
The Knights hit 22 of 69 shots from the floor and 8 of 18 at the charity stripe.
Truman/Martin Luther (6-6, 2-3 Valley) plays host to Madelia on Tuesday night in Truman.
Maple River 72, Madelia 32 - Zach Krengel recorded a game-high 16 points to propel the Class AA, No. 10-ranked Eagles to a 40-point Valley Conference victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night in Madelia.
Jack Bergeman tallied 11 points to top Madelia's effort.
The Blackhawks made 10 of 40 shots from the floor and 6 of 12 at the free throw line.
Madelia (2-8, 1-4 Valley) travels to Truman on Tuesday night to face Truman/Martin Luther. Maple River (10-2, 5-0) hits the road to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial next Friday night.
M. River 44-28-72
Manson-Northwest Webster 53, North Union 37 - The Iowa Class 2A, No. 10-ranked Cougars posted a 16-point non-league victory over the Warriors on Thursday night in Armstrong.
Sarah Rolling netted 11 points and five rebounds to pace North Union, while teammate Jasmine Clausen collected six points, three assists and three steals.
Cheyanne Boland chipped in six points for the Warriors, while Dena Looft added four rebounds.
North Union connected on 9 of 22 shots from 2-point distance, 2 of 12 from 3-point range and 13 of 19 at the free throw line.
North Union (9-4) faces Granada-Huntley-East Chain at 6 p.m. Tuesday at East Chain School.
MNW 18 10 15 10 - 53
NU 9 10 12 6 - 37