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Saugstad, McKittrick set pace in Tigers’ win

January 7, 2011
Marshall Independent

Offensive balance was the name of the game for the Marshall girls basketball team as the Tigers earned a 73-58 Southwest Conference win over Windom Area Thursday in Windom.

Kelsey Saugstad had a game-high 22 points, and Morgan McKittrick had 15 points in the Tigers' win. Alexis Boyd and Kelly VanLeeuwe each had eight points.

Marshall head coach Dan Westby said after a sluggish first half, the Tigers' defensive intensity picked up, leading to easy transition baskets.

"In the second half, we hit a number of open shots from the perimeter and pulled way," Westby said. "Our pressure gave them some problems as well. We forced a number of turnovers and ended up getting some good looks at the basket."

The Tigers (4-1 SWC, 6-2 overall) had 15 steals in the game. McKittrick led the way with four swipes.

Marshall has two tough contest coming up next week, hosting Minneota in a non-conference game on Thursday before traveling to Pipestone to take on the SWC rival Arrows.

Fact Box

Marshall (73)
Alyssa Netzke 0 4-4 4, Kelsey Saugstad 8 4-5 22, Kenzie Beekman 0 2-4 2, Morgan McKittrick 5 3-4 15, Alexis Boyd 2 4-4 8, Kelly VanLeeuwe 4 0-0 8, Jessica Baker 2 1-2 5, Taylor Miller 1 0-1 2, Sarah Anderson 1 0-1 2, Amanda Tate 2 1-4 5. Totals 21 19-29 73. Three-Pointers 4 (Saugstad 2, McKittrick 2) Rebounds 27 (Miller 5) Assists 16 (Saugstad 4) Steals 15 (McKittrick 4) Blocks 2 (Boyd 2) Turnovers 19 Total Fouls 16.
Windom Area (58)
Kelsey Hanefeld 0 2-2 2, Kelcey Olson 4 0-0 8, Amber Eigenberg 5 1-2 12, Holly Larson 1 1-2 3, Sierra Even 5 6-6 17, Chelsea Garrison 4 2-4 12, Hannah Steele 1 0-1 2. Totals 21 12-17 58.
Halftime Score: Marshall 33, Windom Area 29.

Against the Vikings, Westby said it'll come down to the Tigers' effort on the defensive end.

"We just need to follow our defensive rules and know where their kids are at," Westby said. "We can't leave those kids open."

The Eagles (1-4, 3-6) were led offensively by Sierra Even, who had a team-high 17 points.

 
 

 

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