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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Second-half run lifts MHS

Buysse, Saugstad lead Tigers with 17 points each

February 14, 2014
By David Merrill (dmerrill@marshallindependent.com) , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Marshall overcame a sloppy first half to earn a 63-42 victory over Willmar on Thursday night.

Willmar entered with a 9-10 record and got within five of the one-loss Tigers at the half as the Cardinals were able to take advantage of mental mistakes by Marshall.

Marshall dialed up the defensive pressure in the second half, outscoring the Cardinals 35-19 in the second stanza.

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Marshall’s Sarah Buysse attempts a layup as Willmar’s Jordan Martins defends during a non-conference game Thursday at Marshall High School.

"I thought the full-court pressure would have been more difficult for us, but it was that three-quarter court and halfcourt pressure that really gave us trouble," Willmar coach Dustin Carlson said. "We will have to prepare for that a little bit better next time we see them."

Marshall forced the Cardinals into committing 19 turnovers, including 13 steals.

Sarah Buysse and Morgan Saugstad paced the Tigers, offensively, each scoring 17 points each as Marshall had plenty of points to go around. Kenzie Beekman finished with 10 points to go with eight points each from Callie Graff and Marah Mulso.

Leah Ruter and Courtney Magnuson were the leading scorers for the Cardinals with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Marshall coach Dan Westby was pleased with his team's overall effort on defense for the entire game.

"I thought we did a nice job of taking away their inside game in the first half and to their credit, they hit some outside shots to keep it close," Westby said. "In the second half, we did a better job of finishing. In the first half, we got to the basket, but couldn't finish and to compound that we shot free throws poorly."

Marshall has been a second-half team all season and Westby wants his team to not have to rely on strong second halves as much and put together two strong halves.

"We have been a second half team up until this point and, hopefully, that will continue," Westby said. "We are looking for a way to get off to stronger starts. It's not that we haven't executed well, it's just that we haven't finished plays."

Marshall will hit the road to play Windom Area (11-9), who has won just one game in their past six, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

MARSHALL 63, WILLMAR 42

WILLMAR (9-11 OVERALL): Courtney Magnuson 4 2-3 10, Megan Rudnick 0 0-0 4, Jordan Martins 1 2-4 4, Mckenzie Hastad 1 0-4 2, Bailey Hovland 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Ruter 5 0-0 13, Kalley Fosso 1 2-2 5, Sami Doering 1 0-0 2, Jennie Magnuson 1 1-1 3, Lexi Orlowski 0 0-0 0, Kaitlynn Kienholz 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 15-29 (29%) 7-14 (50%) 42.

MARSHALL (20-1 OVERALL): Sarah Buysse 4 6-7 17, Morgan Saugstad 7 3-6 17, Haley Bennett 0 0-0 0, Marah Mulso 2 1-4 8, Kenzie Beekman 3 4-5 10, Meghann Naughton 0 0-0 0, Hannah Bennett 1 0-2 3, Callie Graff 4 0-0 8, Gabby Hess 0 0-0 0, Lexi Saugstad 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-55 (36%) 14-26 (54%) 63.

HALFTIME: Marshall 28, Willmar 23. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Willmar 5-17 (Ruter 3-5, Fosso 1-6, Doering 1-3); Marshall 3-5 (Buysee 1-1, Hannah Bennett 1-1, Marah Mulso 1-1). REBOUNDS: Willmar 28 (Magnuson 4. Rudnick 4, Ruter 4, Fosso 4); Marshall 31 (Buysee 7). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Willmar 20 (None); Marshall 15 (None). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Willmar 11 (Martins 5); Marshall 13 (Graff 4, Bennett 4, Beekman 4). STEALS: Willmar 9 (Magnuson 4); Marshall 13 (M. Saugstad 4, Beekman 4). BLOCKED SHOTS: Willmar 2 (Martins 1, Ruter 1); Marshall 0. TURNOVERS: Willmar 19; Marshall 16.

 
 

 

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