PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tigers tripped up by New Ulm in first half

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Whitney Schwartz drives in the first half against New Ulm Tuesday. Marshall fell to the Eagles 49-32.

MARSHALL – The Marshall girls basketball team got bit by the turnover bug to start its game on Tuesday night. The Tigers battled back in the second half, but ultimately fell to New Ulm 49-32.

The game was slow to start, as both teams couldn’t take care of the basketball. With Marshall holding a 3-2 lead, the Eagles went on a 6-0 run before going up 18-5 midway through the half.

After a 3-pointer by the Tigers momentarily stopped the bleeding, more turnovers ensued, as New Ulm went on an 11-2 run to end the first half with a 29-10 advantage.

The second half was the complete opposite to start, as both teams were deadlocked at 10 points apiece for the half. With 12 minutes left in the game, the Eagles went up 21 at 41-20 and led by as many as 24 at one point.

Marshall managed to cut the deficit to as low as 16, but never got it any closer.

Tigers coach Dan Westby thought they played well to start but struggled in the midway point of the first half to get themselves separated from the Eagles.

“We had a stretch at the 10-minute mark where we turned it over four or five times in a row and they converted a lot of those into easy baskets,” said Westby. “That really was the difference in the score at the half. We had a hard time scoring in the first half.”

Natalie Petrich led the way for the Tigers with 13 points while Whitney Schwartz added six.

Westby said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort throughout the game, especially the play of Lenei Estrada and Maddie Marks.

“I thought our defense overall was pretty good; I thought Maddie had a great night individually and Lenei as well,” said Westby. “We tried to play some jump defense and try and slow them down, especially early on. Overall, I thought it was a good effort defensively by our kids.”

Marshall (12-11) will face Willmar on Thursday before going to Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Friday.

“That’ll be a tough game and we’re going to have to defend well,” Westby said about Thursday’s game. “We just have to find some ways to put the ball in the basket; there’s just been too many games this season where we haven’t been able to do that.”

New Ulm 29 20 – 49

Marshall 10 22 – 32

MARSHALL: Sanow 0-4 1-4 1, Marks 0-2 2-6 2, Sueker 1-4 0-0 3, Schwartz 3-6 0-0 6, Estrada 1-7 2-2 4, Petrich 3-10 5-6 13, Meier 1-1 1-2 3. TOTAL: 9-34 11-20 32.

3-POINTERS: 3 (Petrich 2, Sueker 1).

REBOUNDS: 17 (Petrich 8)

ASSISTS: 5 (Marks 2).

STEALS: 5 (Sueker 2, Estrada 2, Petrich 1).

BLOCKS: 0.

FOULS: 13.

TURNOVERS: 15.

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