GFW stays hot as it defeats MVL

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Cham Omot takes a shot between Miah Busse and Emma Jo Elder (12) of Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thursday at MVL. For more photos of this event go to

NEW ULM — Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop rolled to its 12th-straight win by handily beating Minnesota Valley Lutheran 78-48 in a Tomahawk Conference girls’ basketball game on Thursday.

The Thunderbirds (17-7, 12-3 Tomahawk), who have not lost since Jan. 16, jumped out to a 14-2 lead and commanded a double-digit advantage for the rest of the contest.

“When you get out and you get a little bit of a lead, you tend to play a little looser — you’re not quite as tight,” GFW coach Ryan Jacobson said. “It goes that way sometimes when you get a little bit of a cushion, you feel comfortable and you kind of relax and settle down and things tend to go like you want them to go.”

Senior Halley Busse led all scorers with 30 points — 20 in the first half — for GFW.

In the first half, GFW was 5-for-13 shooting from 3-point range, which included a buzzer-beating half-court shot by Halley Busse that made it 40-19 going into halftime. She had four 3s in that half.

“We ran into a very talented and very hot-shooting team,” MVL coach Rollin Timm said. “That caught us off guard at first and it took us a while to adjust. I’m just glad that the girls continued to play hard.”

The Chargers (9-14, 5-11) were led by senior Cham Omot, who had 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. It took them a little while to get much going, but Timm was happy with the way they began to settle in by the second half.

“MVL plays really, really hard; they make it tough,” Jacobson said. “They rebound the basketball, they pursue it nonstop and they come at you start to finish, regardless of the score. They just come after you.”

Baskets by Omot managed to narrow GFW’s lead to less than 30 a couple times late in the second half, but MVL was unable to get much else going from there.

GFW hosts Sibley East on Tuesday before concluding the regular season on Thursday at Wabasso. MVL plays Friday at Cleveland before hosting Madelia on Monday in its regular-season finale.

GFW 40 38 — 78

MVL 19 29 — 48

GFW (78)

H Busse 9-17 8-9 30, E Elder 4-7 0-0 8, Heimkes 3-11 2-2 9, M Busse 2-4 0-2 5, Firle 3-7 0-0 6, M Elder 6-13 2-3 14, Rettig 0-2 0-0 0, Swenson 1-1 2-2 4, Newman 1-2 0-0 2.

MVL (48)

Sanders 3-8 0-0 6, Birkholz 0-4 0-0 0, Dinse 2-9 1-4 5, Paulsen 4-6 1-4 9, Omot 5-11 5-8 15, E Nelson 2-5 0-0 4, Biedenbender 1-1 0-0 2, Diersen 0-2 0-2 0, Keranen 0-0 0-0 0, A Nelson 1-3 1-2 3, Plocher 0-0 0-0 0, Glowicki 1-5 2-3 4, Marzinske 0-1 0-0 0.


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