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Marshall girls’ basketball team shuts down Cards

December 12, 2012
Marshall Independent

The Marshall girls applied more pressure than the Redwood Valley basketball team could handle on Tuesday night, grabbing 23 steals en route to a 56-38 win in their Southwest Conference opener, despite missing practice on Monday.

"We didn't have a day of practice (Monday) with the weather, and that was a concern," said Marshall head coach Dan Westby. "We had a nice cushion early, and that was largely due to our pressure.

Offensively, the Tigers (4-0 overall, 1-0 SWC) found the hot hand in Kelsey Saugstad, who hit five two-pointers and four three-pointers to lead the team with 22 points.

"Our kids did a nice job of finding Kelsey and to her credit, she did a nice job of relocating and getting herself set up to shoot," Westby said. "And she knocked down some shots from the outside.

She also dished out three assists and grabbed seven steals in the win.

Sarah Andersen was the other Marshall player to break into the double digit column, scoring 11 points to go with nine rebounds.

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Redwood Valley (38)

Lauren Hanson 1 0-0 2, Nicole Bunting 1 0-0 2, Tara Sandgren 3 1-2 7, Kayla Pohlen 0 0-1 0, Victoria Quast 0 3-4 3, Steph Jensen 5 0-0 12, Makenzie Mace 3 2-2 8, Janessa Read 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 6-11 38 3-pointers 4 (Sandgren 2, Jensen 2).

Marshall (56)

Sarah Buysse 0 4-6 4, Morgan Saugstad 2 0-1 5, Kelsey Saugstad 9 0-0 22, Kenzie Beekman 1 1-2 3, Hannah Bennett 2 1-2 8, Callie Graff 1 1-3 3, Sarah Andersen 3 5-8 11. Totals: 19 12-22 56. 3-pointers 6 (K. Saugstad 4, M. Saugstad 1, Bennett 1) Rebounds 29 (Andersen 9, Beekman 6, Bennett 6) Assists 14 (K. Saugstad 3, Bennett 3) Steals 23 (K. Saugstad 7, Bennett 4) Blocks 3 (Beekman 2) Turnovers 7.

Halftime Score: Marshall 37, Redwood Valley 21

"In our half court offense, we didn't show a whole lot of patience," Westby said. "Part of it is when we press we get in that frantic mode and we're not very good to making that switch mentally where we need to think a little more about what we're doing."

Though the Tigers took an early lead, the Cardinals (2-3, 1-2) had a solid night offensively, scoring only two points less than the Tigers in the second half.

"Redwood made some changes and dealt with (our pressure) a little better after that initial wave," Westby said. "They kind of settled down and handled our pressure a little better.

Marshall will be in action again on Thursday night when they play host to Worthington.

"We are going to have to execute better in the half court offensively against Worthington on Thursday," Westby said. "They are a very good team and we need to show some better patience."



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