NEW ULM - It is never a good thing when your team's first points come halfway through the first half.
That was the case for the New Ulm girls basketball team on Friday night, as the Eagles went on to fall to Fairmont 49-33.
Early on, Fairmont made New Ulm pay for the inability to score and took an early 11-0 lead. Fairmont's Kayla Lardy scored six early points including a bucket to push her over the 1,000-point mark for her career.
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New Ulm’s Nikki Dittrich (5) drives to the basket as Kayla Lardy of Fairmont defends on the play during the second half Friday at NUHS.
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"We didn't hit some shots and their size was tough on us," Eagles coach Dan Reinhart said.
After the early struggles, the Eagles began to chip away at the deficit and trailed 19-10 at the half.
"As the game went on we began to be more comfortable, started hitting some shots," Reinhart said. "The biggest thing was to be physical with them and that is what we did to stay in the game."
New Ulm jumped out of the gates to begin the second half, piecing together a solid 8-2 run to force a Fairmont timeout.
"We went to a 2-3 zone and they didn't hit many outside shots," Reinhart said. "Hunter Ahlness hit a couple big shots and Kelsey Anderson had a nice game."
However, the regular season South Central Conference champions showed why they were just that.
The Cardinals answered with a 10-0 run to push the lead back to double figures and all but end New Ulm's chance at victory.
Leading the way for the Eagles offensively was Anderson, who scored 10 points. Ahlness added seven points as well for New Ulm.
The Eagles fall to 4-17 overall and 2-8 in conference. However, Reinhart sees a lot of improvement in the Eagles.
"We improved a lot since the last time we played Fairmont and hopefully we can keep improving before the postseason," Reinhart said.
New Ulm plays at Worthington at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.