Basketball: Carpenter hits 43 as STMA thumps Thunder 86-59

STMA guard Joe Carpenter (right) watched his 3-point attempt drop through the net, along with defender Ethan Lunning of Zimmerman, on the way to a 43-point output. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Joe Carpenter erupted for a school-record 43 points, leading St. Michael-Albertville to an 86-59 rout of the Zimmerman Thunder on Friday evening in Zimmerman.

The soaring 6-3 senior guard made five 3-pointers and two alley-oop dunks among 14 two-pointers. He amassed 17 points in the first half and 26 in the second half without going to the free throw line in the game.

Kyle Connelly of Zimmerman looked for an opening against Michael Wiese of STMA. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“He is so athletic, we had nobody who could guard him,” said Thunder coach Ben Kvidt. “On those alley-opp dunks, the only thing we could have done would be to bear-hug him.”

Carpenter, who broke the Knight record of 39 points, has a season average of 18.5 points with a previous high of 32 against Monticello, three games ago.

STMA led by just 36-34 at halftime, but opened a 41-34 lead when Carpenter rammed in an alley-up dunk off a pass from Michael Weise, then buried a long 3-point shot. The Knights went on to a 50-point second half.

Wiese was next with 17 for the Knights (13-6 overall, 7-2 conference)

Brandon Giese sank 15 points, Blake Ehley 13 and Kyle Connelly 10 for Zimmerman (5-5 conference, 12-6 overall). Giese and Connelly made three 3-pointers each.

The Thunder will host Eden Valley-Watkins on Monday evening.

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