PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tigers control pace to take down Windom Area

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Paige Andries shoots a jumper during their game against Windom Area on Thursday. The Tigers defeated the Eagles 61-26.

MARSHALL – Whether it was on offense or defense, the Marshall girls basketball team wound up with the ball. The Tigers took control of their game against Windom Area right from the opening tip, forcing 27 turnovers and recording 14 steals on defense that led to a 61-26 victory Thursday night.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead to start, going up 6-2 in the game’s opening minutes. Marshall then cranked up the defensive pressure, forcing multiple turnovers to get out in transition. Those deflections and steals would reward Marshall on the other end, as the Tigers increased their lead to 14-4 with 10 minutes left.

Marshall’s defense continued to be the story of the first half, with the Tigers shutting down every Eagle possession. Windom would hit a cold streak over the next several minutes, whereas the Tigers continued to turn up the offensive heat as Marshall extended its lead to as large as 26 in the first half at 30-4 with 3:30 left.

Windom would finally get a basket to go with 2:09 left – after going scoreless for nearly 11 minutes in the half – but Marshall continued to find an answer as the Tigers took a 34-8 lead into the locker rooms.

Marshall coach Dan Westby said he was pleased with his team’s energy on the defensive end and their ability to convert turnovers into points.

“I thought we had a lot of energy defensively; our kids moved well and I thought we were able to turn those turnovers into points, which is something we haven’t always done this year,” Westby said. “For the most part we’ve defended well but we haven’t always converted those opportunities into points and I thought we did a good job of that.”

The second half started in similar fashion, as Marshall kicked things off with a 5-0 run and would take a 31-point lead in the early stages of the final frame. The Tigers continued to maintain at least a 29-point lead throughout the next several minutes, going up 44-15 with 10:40 left and 57-26 with 4:14 left en route to the 61-26 victory.

Jordyn Hilgemann and Hannah Meier led the way for the Tigers with 11 points each while Paige Andries added 10. Hannah Meier led in rebounds with six while Emily Meier and Lenei Estrada led in steals with four each.

Westby said offensively, their key was their ability to hit some 3-pointers as well as running the fastbreak and getting into transition well.

“We hit some shots from the outside and Lenei had a big three for us to open the second half. I thought Hannah was again really solid inside for us again. It was nice to get a number of kids involved,” Westby said. “The other thing that we did a nice job of was running the fastbreak well and got some opportunities on the break. I thought it was a good effort offensively.”

Marshall (16-4) will face Worthington today at 7:15 p.m. With the regular season hitting the final stretch, Westby said they have to continue to be prepared and ready for some tough games.

“We’ve got six games remaining, and they’re all against quality opponents, so we’re going to have to be ready to go every night out here,” Westby said. “It’s going to be a tough stretch for us.”

Windom Area 8 18-26

Marshall 34 27-61

SCORING: Marshall 23-53, 43 percent (Hilgemann 4-8, 2-2 11; H. Meier 4-8, 3-5 11; Andries 4-9, 2-2 10; Sueker 2-6, 2-2 7; Estrada 3-5, 0-2 7; E. Meier 2-4, 2-2 6; Sample 2-6, 0-2 4; Wegner 1-2, 0-0 3; Wendorff 1-3, 0-0 2).

3-POINT FGS: Marshall 4-15, 27 percent (Sueker, Wegner, Estrada, Hilgemann 1).

REBOUNDS: Marshall 18 (H. Meier 6; Jones 3; Toulouse 2).

ASSISTS: Marshall 18 (H. Meier 5; Estrada 4; Sample 2).

STEALS: Marshall 14 (Estrada, E. Meier 4; H. Meier, Andries, Sample 2).

BLOCKS: Marshall 1 (Andries).

FOULS: Marshall 10.

TURNOVERS: Marshall 6.