PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tigers defeat Huskies, 56-26

Photo by Kyla Gundvaldson Marshall’s Karley Polejewski looks for an open teammate during the Tigers’ game against the Jackson County Central Huskies on Tuesday night. Marshall won 56-26.

MARSHALL – The Marshall Tigers took on the Jackson County Central Huskies on Tuesday night. The Tigers were able to come out on top over the Huskies 56-26.

Marshall battled to get on the board first in the first half and maintained that lead for the entirety of the game. Marshall defense forced a handful of turnovers in the first half to help them in their Tuesday night win.

Hannah Meier was fouled early in the first half and made both free throws to extend the Tigers lead to 6-2 over the Huskies.

Shortly after, Natalie Petrich scored her first 3-pointer of the game to put the Tigers up 9-2.

Petrich was fouled and made both free throws to put Marshall up 11-2.

With 3:19 left in the first half, Kaia Sueker made her first 3-pointer of the night to put her team up 21-6 over JCC. Marshall would hold the lead 28-10 at the half.

The Tigers came to play in the second half as they wanted to seal in the win. Just one minute and 42 seconds into the second half, Maddie Marks marked up her second 3-pointer of the night to extend Marshall’s lead to 35-10.

Petrich was then fouled and sent to the line with 15:51 left in the second half, where she went two of two and extended the Tiger’s lead to 37-10.

The Tigers put up a strong defensive fight in the second half and held the Huskies to only 16 points in the second half and 26 points overall.

Lenei Estrada, looking to seal in the win, hit her only 3-pointer of the night with 4:10 left in the second half, putting the Tigers up 52-24.

Coach Dan Westby was impressed with his team’s dominant performance on Tuesday.

“We were able to place some pressure and force some turnovers,” said Westby. “I thought our kids were patient in the pressure.”

Marshall’s dominant athletes helped in the Tuesday’s win.

“I thought Natalie Petrich shot the ball well and it was good for our kids to see the ball go in the basket tonight,” said Westby of Petrich’s performance.

The Marshall Tigers are scheduled to play the Mankato East Cougars on Saturday and Petrich and her team are already looking forward this section matchup.

“We really need to be aggressive because they are also aggressive,” said Petrich.

Marshall extended their record to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Jackson County Central    10 16 – 26

Marshall                 28 29 – 56


TOTALS: 8-10 FT (80%); 56 PTS

3-POINT FIELD GOALS: 5 (Marks 2, Petrich 1, Sueker 1, Estrada 1)

REBOUNDS: 27 (Petrich 6, Sanow 4)

ASSISTS: 12 (Petrich 5)

BLOCKS: 1 (Sueker)

TURNOVERS: 16 (Sanow 5, Schwartz, 4)