FAIRMONT - Fairmont center Kayla Lardy and the hometown Cardinals' defense did not give the visiting Redwood Valley Cardinals many second looks at the offensive end on Tuesday night.
Lardy garnered a game-best 16 rebounds to complement nine points, while guard Kristen Campe generated 12 points, four assists and three steals to guide Fairmont to a 50-38 nonconference basketball triumph over Redwood Valley at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
"We did a nice job of rebounding at the defensive end tonight, and didn't give them too many second chances," Fairmont head coach Don Waletich said in reference to his lineup 36-26 edge on the boards, including allowing Redwood Valley only five offensive caroms.
OVER THE DEFENSE — Fairmont power forward Alex Christianson (middle) fires a jumper over Redwood Valley’s Makenzie Mace during nonconference basketball action Tuesday night in Fairmont. Fairmont’s Kristen Campe (25), Courtney Mosloski (45) and Kayla Lardy (far left), along with Redwood Valley’s Lauren Hanson (3) and Alison Curry (5), watch the action. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
The backcourt tandem of point guard Sierra Schultz and Campe combined for nine of the hometown Cardinals' 14 assists.
"It's always good to see double-figure numbers in that team (statistical) category," added Waletich.
Ironically, Fairmont held only a narrow 16-12 rebounding advantage en route to building a 22-13 edge on the scoreboard by halftime.
The 6-foot-1 Lardy, however, dominated the defensive glass during the second half by pulling down 10 of her dozen caroms.
The scrappy Redwood Valley lineup assembled a mini-run of six straight points during the initial stages of the second half to whittle its gap to 26-22.
Tara Sandgren sank two free throws, Kayla Huhnerkoch converted Lauren Hanson's inbound assist for a low-post lay-in before Hanson pocketed a midcourt steal and drove the distance to slice Fairmont's lead to four and cause Waletich to call timeout at the 12:49 juncture.
Alex Christianson and Courtney Mosloski asserted themselves during the ensuing trips downcourt as Emily Kim delivered low-post entry passes for back-to-back baskets to restore an eight-point edge.
Redwood Valley later cut its deficit to five on the strength of Kayla Pohlen's traditional 3-point play off a running jumper in the paint, but Campe would answer at the other end of the court.
Christianson spotted Campe for a key 3-pointer from the left corner before Sandgren netted two free throws for the visitors.
Schultz, who chipped in six points, a game-best five assists and three steals, then drove through the heart of the Redwood Valley defense and banked home a pull-up jumper for a 39-31 edge with 4:50 remaining.
Victoria Quast sank two charity shots to keep Redwood Valley within striking distance at 39-33, but Schultz spotted Mosloski on a wide-open cut to the basket on an inbound pass before Campe found Lardy for a right-wing 3 to extend the lead to 44-33 with 3 minutes remaining.
Mosloski finished with nine points for the hometown Cardinals, Schultz chipped in six points, Christianson netted six points and six boards, while Sierra Schrader added five points.
Pohlen scored a game-best 13 points to top Redwood Valley, while Hanson delivered solid all-around numbers of eight points, 10 rebounds and a game-high five steals.
Fairmont (11-2, 4-0 South Central) plays host to conference opponent New Ulm on Thursday night.
Redwood Valley (4-4) hits the road to Montevideo on Thursday night.
Red. Valley 13-25-38
Christianson 2-4 2-2 6, Mosloski 4-8 1-2 9, Lardy 4-9 0-0 9, Campe 5-12 0-0 12, Schultz 2-4 2-5 6, Schrader 2-5 1-2 5, Kim 0-1 2-2 2, Harder 0-2 1-2 1, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-45 9-15 50.
RED. VALLEY (38)
Hanson 4-11 0-0 8, Mace 1-5 0-2 2, Quast 0-7 2-2 2, Sandgren 1-7 5-8 7, Pohlen 4-12 4-5 13, Bunting 0-1 0-0 0, Curry 2-5 0-0 4, Huhnerkoch 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 13-51 11-17 38.
3-pointers: FHS 3-9 (Campe 2-7, Lardy 1-1, Kim 0-1); Redwood Valley 1-4 (Pohlen 1-4). Fouled out: Sandgren. Rebounds: FHS 36 (Lardy 16); Redwood Valley 26 (Hanson 10). Assists: FHS 14 (Schultz 5, Campe 4); Redwood Valley 5. Steals: Redwood Valley 13 (Hanson 5); FHS 9 (Campe and Schultz 3 each).
Redwood Valley posted a 44-33 victory over Fairmont during B-squad action Tuesday in Fairmont.
Emily Kloeckner scored 12 points to top the hometown Cardinals (2-9), Larissa Becker tallied eight points, while Alexis Bass pulled down six rebounds.
North Union 49, West Bend-Mallard 17 - The Warriors held the Wolverines to nine first-half points to cruise to the Corn Belt Conference road victory on Tuesday night in West Bend, Iowa.
Aurora Oliver scored 18 to lead North Union, while Peyton Oleson added 11 points and five steals. Sarah Rolling had 10 points, three steals and three blocks for the Warriors.
Madison Irmiter added five rebounds for North Union, while Madison Bollig had five steals.
The Warriors shot 12 of 21 from 2-point range, 6 of 22 on 3-pointers and 7 of 14 from the free throw line.
North Union (6-3, 3-1 Corn Belt) hosts Emmetsburg on Monday in Armstrong.
WBM 9- 8-17
St. Clair 83, Truman/Martin Luther 59 - BluejayKnight senior forward Sam Geistfeld cleared the 1,000-point career scoring plateau on Tuesday night, but the hometown Cyclones prevailed on the scoreboard, 83-59, during Valley Conference action in St. Clair.
Geistfeld, who needed only three points to reach the mark, produced stellar all-around numbers of 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals on the night.
Alex Weihe neared double-double territory for TML by scoring 16 points to complement nine rebounds and four assists.
C.J. Hodge chipped in eight points for the BluejayKnights, who made 27 of 52 field goals and 5 of 7 free throws on the game.
Ryan Kruse generated 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists to top St. Clair.
Austin Nagel supplied 15 points, while teammate Tyler Fandrich scored 13 for the Cyclones.
St. Clair made 30 of 64 shots from the floor and 17 of 23 at the free throw line.
Truman/Martin Luther (3-8, 1-3 Valley) plays host to Nicollet on Friday night in Truman.