FAIRMONT - Seven victories over the last nine games.
The Fairmont Cardinal girls basketball lineup continued its winning ways by limiting the New Ulm Eagles to only 11 second-half points en route to a 56-33 South Central Conference triumph on Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
The Cardinals clung to a narrow 25-22 halftime lead before heeding the Fairmont coaching staff's advice during intermission.
"We trapped a little more, but basically the girls really stepped it up on the defensive end during the second half," Fairmont mentor Don Waletich said in reference to his team's 31-11 offensive advantage during the final 18 minutes.
Sophomore power forward Alex Christianson generated a game-best 12 points to top the Cardinals' balanced scoring attack.
Junior post player Kayla Lardy produced solid all-around numbers of 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists to Fairmont's winning ways, while teammate Emily Kim generated eight points and three assists.
Kristen Campe and Tracy Thiesse each scored six points, Sierra Schultz netted five points and three steals, while Pauli Anderson chipped in three points for the hometown lineup.
The Cardinals connected on 18 of 43 shots from 2-point range, 3 of 9 behind the 3-point arc and 11 of 17 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (9-11, 4-4 SCC) plays Byron at 3 p.m. today at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
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Cassidy Krusemark delivered eight points and 10 rebounds to help guide Fairmont to a 27-17 victory over New Ulm during B-squad action Friday in Fairmont.
Courtney Mosloski generated seven points and 12 boards for the Cardinals, while Sydney Glienke pocketed a game-leading nine steals.
The Fairmont B-squad travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Tuesday.
Blue Earth Area 56, St. James 22 - The Bucs' defense held the Saints to a meager six second-half points to trigger a 56-22 South Central Conference triumph on Friday night in Blue Earth.
Krista Hassing neared double-double territory by scoring a game-best 23 points to complement nine rebounds. Hassing also garnered three steals.
Whitney Pirsig generated 10 points and pocketed four steals for BEA, while Janessa Jahnke scored nine points.
Kaitlyn Olsen chipped in eight points and three steals, while Taylor Grandgenett made four steals for the Bucs.
Blue Earth Area made 22 of 49 shots from 2-point distance, 0 of 3 from behind the bonus arc and 12 of 22 at the charity stripe.
Blue Earth Area (12-6, 5-3 SCC) plays host to Maple River on Tuesday.
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Fairmont 71, New Ulm 58 - The Class 2A, No. 5-ranked Cardinals netted their ninth consecutive victory by downing the Eagles, 71-58, during South Central Conference action Friday night in New Ulm.
Fairmont improved to 7-0 in conference action by outscoring New Ulm 34-25 during the second half to break open just a four-point lead at intermission.
Justin Barnes neared double-double territory by scoring 17 points to complement nine rebounds for the Cardinals, while teammate Luke Becker delivered 16 points and three steals.
Josh Eversman contributed 10 points, three assists and three blocked shots to Fairmont's winning ways, while Mitch Pfingsten chipped in three assists and three steals.
The Cardinals made 27 of 60 shots from 2-point range, 4 of 14 outside the bonus arc and only 5 of 12 at the free throw line.
Barnes' effort helped pace Fairmont's 38-28 rebounding advantage.
Fairmont (16-3, 7-0 SCC) plays Class 2A, No. 2-ranked Byron at 5 p.m. today at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
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Ben Abel produced 18 points and four rebounds to help lead Fairmont to a 62-44 victory over New Ulm during B-squad action Friday in New Ulm.
Spencer Chirpich supplied 15 points and three assists for the Cardinals (14-4), Nathan Subbert scored nine points, while Parker Monsen pulled down six boards.
Tyler Tennyson generated 17 points and four boards to help engineer Fairmont's 45-37 victory over New Ulm during C-squad play on Friday in New Ulm.
Anthony Shimon delivered 10 points for the Cardinals (11-4), Josh Liljenquist netted seven points, while Clayton Maakestad doled out three assists.
Martin County West 70, St. James 43 - Austin Krumwiede unleashed a game-high double-double performance to power the Mavericks past the Saints, 70-43, during non-league action Friday night in Sherburn.
Krumwiede produced 25 points and 14 rebounds to complement five steals, while Cordell Weber netted 15 points.
Jake Faber collected 13 points and seven boards for MCW, while Mitch Sitzmann garnered 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Mavericks hit 17 of 35 shots from 2-point distance, 9 of 19 from behind the 3-point arc and 9 of 12 at the free throw line.
Zach Brandts scored 14 points to top the Saints, while Joe Nelson added eight points.
Martin County West (16-3) travels to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Monday.
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Mankato Loyola 79, Truman/Martin Luther 73 - Alex Piemental scored 19 points to help the Crusaders squeeze by the BluejayKnights by six points during Valley Conference action Friday night in Mankato.
Evan Ellingworth chipped in 17 points for Loyola, which made 26 of 57 field goals and 18 of 24 free throws on the game.
Cade Ekstrom erupted for a game-leading 29 points to complement four assists to pace TML.
Sam Geistfeld collected 17 points and seven boards for the BluejayKnights, while Jeremy Smith supplied 13 points.
TML made 30 of 50 field goals and 7 of 16 free throws on the game.
Truman/Martin Luther (11-9) plays host to Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Monday in Truman.
Southwest Star 71, Granada-Huntley-East Chain 65 - The Quasars slipped past the Mustangs, 71-65, during nonconference action Friday night in Okabena.
Konnor Kristenson delivered 21 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace GHEC, while Ryan Shumski netted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to complement three blocks.
Trent Stensland scored eight points, while Dylan Petrowiak collected all-around solid numbers of seven points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Mustangs made 17 of 39 shots from 2-point range, 7 of 13 behind the 3-point line and 10 of 16 from the free throw line.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (4-12) travels to Truman on Monday to face Truman/Martin Luther.