MARSHALL - It had been nearly two weeks since the Marshall Tiger girls basketball team had played a game, so coaches were a little bit concerned about how the team would come out and play on Friday evening.
It didn't take long to realize that the undefeated Tigers came ready to play. Marshall worked its way to a 49-22 halftime lead and routed Southwest Conference rival Pipestone Area 78-26 to improve to 5-0 in conference action and 10-0 on the season.
"We haven't played since Dec. 28th, so we were a little bit concerned how we would shoot the ball (Friday), but fortunately, we shot the ball well," Marshall head coach Dan Westby said. "We had a number of kids that shot well, and to have out team come out and shoot that well after a layoff was good to see."
Photo by Greg Devereaux Photography
Marshall’s Morgan Saugstad tangles with a Pipestone Area player during a Southwest Conference game Friday at Marshall High School.
Westby thought his team did a number of things well in the contest.
"Our pressure was pretty effective, especially in the first half," he said. "We were able to get them to turn the ball over early on and that helped us to get an early lead. We also did some good things defensively in the second half."
The matchup marked the second conference game that Marshall has had at home, and Westby said he was pleased with the way the Tigers responded.
"We always want to play well at home," Westby said. "We've had three conference games on the road and now two at home. It was good that we were able to come out and do that at home."
The Tigers will suit up against today when they travel to take on Sioux Falls-Lincoln (S.D.), a team that Westby said should be competitive.
"We've played them the last two years and they're a good team," he said. "They have a number of kids who can score. It'll be a tough matchup for us."
Marshall has four Sioux Falls teams on the schedule this season, which Westby said will only benefit the Tigers.
"We certainly like the fact that we have four the Sioux Falls schools on our schedules because they're very competitive," Westby said. "There's still a lot of season left and we still have a lot we can improve on. We'll continue to work on those things as we go forward."