BOYS BASKETBALL: Fairmont tops RV to earn state berth

MARSHALL – Fairmont used a big second-half scoring outburst to defeat the Redwood Valley 84-71 in the Class 2A Section 3 championship Thursday night.

Mitch Pfingsten led Fairmont with 38 points.

Sam Pendelton led Redwood Valley with 21 points in the loss.

With the win, Fairmont advances to the Class 2A State Tournament. They will open play on Wednesday in the state quarterfinals.

REDWOOD VALLEY (23-6 OVERALL): Perkins 2-4 0-1 4, Widmer 6-9 0-2 13, S. Pendleton 9-19 2-2 21, Smith 1-3 2-2 5, Fischer 6-7 2-2 16, Johnson 3-8 3-4 12, Hengel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 27-51 (53%) 9-13 (69%) 71.

FAIRMONT (24-4 OVERALL): Pfingsten 13-23 9-9 38, Eversman 7-15 3-6 18, Ruen 4-6 0-0 9, Roggow 2-3 7-7 11, Becker 2-4 0-0 6, Beebe 1-1 0-0 2, Abel 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 29-50 (58%) 19-22 (86%) 84.

HALFTIME: Fairmont 34, Redwood Valley 32. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Redwood Valley 8-22 (Johnson 3, Fischer 2, Widmer, S. Pendleton, Smith); Fairmont 7-16 (Pfingsten 3, Becker 2, Eversman, Ruen). REBOUNDS: Redwood Valley 20 (S. Pendleton 7); Fairmont 27 (Eversman 10).