ST. JAMES - Class 2A, No. 8-ranked Fairmont clinched the South Central Conference girls basketball championship outright on Friday night.
The Cardinals' smothering defense limited the St. James Saints to only 15 first-half points en route to a 62-37 conference triumph in St. James.
Fairmont improved to 20-3 overall and moved to a perfect 9-0 against league opponents with only one SCC game remaining.
The Cardinals captured their first girls basketball conference championship since 2010.
"All of the hard work that the girls have put in throughout the season paid off tonight," said Fairmont mentor Don Waletich. "It was truly a team effort as everyone contributed to the win."
Senior center Kayla Lardy produced a game-best double-double performance of 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace Fairmont's winning ways. Lardy also distributed four assists and pocketed three steals.
Sophomore post player Courtney Mosloski scored 13 points for the Cardinals, while junior point guard Sierra Schultz produced 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Junior power forward Alex Christianson contributed seven points, eight boards and three assists to the red-and-white's winning ways, while Haley Harder and Marisa Nelson chipped in four points apiece.
The Cardinals connected on 26 of 45 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 7 behind the 3-point arc and 4 of 11 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (20-3) plays host to Albert Lea tonight in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game at Cardinal Gym.
St. James 15-22-37
St. James defeated Fairmont in B-squad action, 28-18, Friday night in St. James.
Alexis Bass generated six points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals, Marisa Nelson scored four points, Sophie Brau pulled down four rebounds and Emily Kloeckner garnered five steals.
Alli Lardy unleashed a double-double performance of 13 points and 12 rebounds to complement six blocked shots in propelling Fairmont to a 39-32 win over St. James during C-squad action Friday night in St. James.
Brooke Hunwardsen tallied 10 points, six steals and four rebounds for the Cardinals, Taylor Eicholz scored four points and hauled in five boards, while Taylor Crissinger garnered eight rebounds.
St. Peter 60, Blue Earth Area 33 - The Saints built a 32-19 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 27-point South Central Conference victory over the Bucs on Friday night in Blue Earth.
Kaitlyn Olsen produced 10 points and seven rebounds to top BEA's effort, while teammate Taylor Grandgenett netted seven points and six rebounds.
Jenna Stevermer supplied seven points, while Karli Olsen pulled down six boards for the Bucs.
BEA made only 10 of 54 shots from 2-point range for 19 percent, 2 of 14 behind the 3-point arc for 14 percent and 7 of 13 free throws.
Blue Earth Area (7-10, 2-7 SCC) plays host to Jackson County Central on Tuesday.
St. Peter 32-28-60
B.E. Area 19-14-33
North Union 47, West Bend-Mallard 33 - Sarah Rolling notched a double-double performance to engineer the Warriors' 14-point victory over the Wolverines on Friday night in Armstrong.
North Union locked up the Corn Belt Conference championship with the win via a 7-1 league record.
Rolling scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while teammate Dena Looft scored 11 points and doled out three assists.
Madison Bollig netted seven points for the Warriors, Madison Irmiter hauled in nine boards, while Aurora Oliver cleaned the glass for six rebounds.
The Warriors made 10 of 31 shots from 2-point range, just 3 of 17 from behind the arc and 17 of 27 at the free throw line.
North Union (12-5) plays host to Humboldt on Monday night in Armstrong.