Prep Girls Basketball: Sioux Falls Lincoln too much for Tigers in loss

Marshall’s Natalee Sample dribbles the ball with a Sioux Falls Lincoln player defending during the Tigers’s game against the Patriots Saturday.

MARSHALL – Turnovers and slow transition defense proved costly for the Marshall Tigers as they fell to the Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots 64-33 on Saturday.

Marshall coach Dan Westby knew that the game was going to be a tough one to win against a good Sioux Falls Lincoln team.

“I think Lincoln is an extremely talented team,” said Westby. “I thought Lincoln was so patient and waited until they had a good shooting opportunity and when they did have an open look, they knocked shots down. That’s just a sign of a veteran team. They have a lot of kids who have a lot of experience.”

Westby thought something else that they struggled with was keeping track of defensive assignments.

“We certainly lost track of some kids at times defensively with some of the assignments that we felt we needed to execute better defensively,” said Westby. “There were too many times we lost track of some shooters.”

The Patriots started out fast and never looked back as they took a 40-14 lead into the half.

Westby said they made a few adjustment coming out of the half, with one being improving their transition defense.

“We said that number one, we’ve got to sprint back on defense,” said Westby. “I thought there were way too many times in the first half that they beat us down the floor, and I thought in the second half we did a better job of that. I thought we rebounded better in the second half, and didn’t allow as many second chance shots.”

The Tigers hung in there in the second half, but the deficit was just too much to overcome.

Natalie Petrich led the Tigers with 14 points and was 10 of 12 from the free throw line. She also led the team with seven rebounds and four steals. Maddie Marks and Whitney Schwartz each had seven points while Hannah Meier had five points.

Sioux Falls Lincoln was led by Anna Brecht, who scored 29 points in the game.

With just one senior starter, the Tigers are a young team. Westby feels that if they want to improve moving forward, they need to turn the ball over less.

“We’re going to have to take better care of the ball, and until we do that, it’s going to be difficult,” said Westby. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you’ve got to take care of the ball in basketball, it’s going to be difficult.”

The Tigers (1-3) return to action on Tuesday when they host Jackson County Central.

SF Lincoln 64, Marshall 33

SF Lincoln    40  24  –  64

Marshall    14  19  –  33

MARSHALL: Petrich 14; Marks 7; Schwartz 7; Meier 5. TOTAL: 17-25 FT, 33.


REBOUNDS: 31 (Petrich 7, Marks 5, Andries 4, Meier 4, Sanow 4).

ASSISTS: 7 (Estrada 2).

STEALS: 14 (Petrich 4, Estrada 3).

BLOCKS: 1 (Sanow 1).

FOULS: 8 (None); TURNOVERS: 13.