Cardinals hold off New Ulm girls

NEW ULM – The New Ulm and Fairmont girls basketball teams were both fighting for a win Friday night.

The Cardinals were fighting for their second win of the season, while the Eagles were looking for their first win since Feb. 2011.

New Ulm played some impressive defense in the first half and the Eagles even found themselves down by just four points with around six minutes left in the first half. However Fairmont’s inside game was just too much as the Cardinals earned the 57-25 South Central Conference victory.

Fairmont’s junior center Kayla Lardy scored 18 points while Kristen Campe had 12.

Hunter Ahlness led the way for New Ulm with 10 points and Ellie Schneider and Taylor Bolduan each scored four points.

Alley Grejtak started the scoring for New Ulm right out of the gate with a 15-footer and Ahlness followed up with a long jumper to start her night.

Boldaun hit a jumper with 13:30 to go in the half to put the Eagles up 6-4 before New Ulm went on a scoring drought. Fairmont’s Ashten Atzenhoefer’s bucket with 4:00 left put the Cardinals up 20-10. Ahlness hit a 3-pointer with 3:45 to go and Fairmont took a 25-13 lead into the break.

Schneider, Briana Sieve and Molly Shaul each scored a basket for New Ulm in the second half and Lardy dominated inside for Fairmont as it coasted to a 57-25 victory.

“All the girls who came off the bench did some productive things for us tonight,” Fairmont head coach Don Waletich said. “Everyone really contributed and Kayla Lardy was a tough match for them in the paint and that helped us out a lot.”

New Ulm’s losing streak is now at 32 games as it falls to 0-8 on the season. The Eagles will be back in action today when they host Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Fairmont improves to 2-8 and will play at Waseca on Thursday.

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