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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Second-half defense lifts MHS

Tigers give up only 12 points after break

December 11, 2013
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - After allowing Redwood Valley to score 22 first-half points, the Marshall girls basketball team buckled down defensively and held the Cardinals to 12 second-half points in a 64-34 win to open the Southwest Conference season.

"We just lost track of shooters in the first half," said Marshall head coach Dan Westby. "They had four threes in the first half and that was because we didn't know where some of their kids were. We did a much better job of that in the second half. We limited them to 12 second half points."

The Tigers took advantage of another balanced scoring attack. Sarah Buysse led the team with 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Kenzie Beekman had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Marah Mulso added 12 points.

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Marshall’s Sarah Buysse is fouled by Redwood Valley’s Allison Curry during a Southwest Conference basketball game Tuesday at Marshall High School.

"I thought we were pretty balanced (scoring-wise)." Westby said. "We had three kids in double figures again. We had eight kids score. That was good to see."

The Redwood Valley offense took advantage of quickly advancing the ball in the first half to hit four three-pointers, something Marshall focused on stopping in the second half.

"It was a much better defensive effort in the second half," said Westby. "I thought we did a better job of hustling back on defense and finding kids. That wasn't always the case in the first half."

The Tigers are in action again on Thursday when they travel to Worthington to face a section foe.

"It's always a tough place to play. They'll have a big crowd," Westby said. "We need to come out and compete hard, build from the defensive effort (Tuesday) night."

Tuesday

MARSHALL 64, REDWOOD VALLEY 34

At Marshall

REDWOOD VALLEY (2-2 OVERALL, 1-1 SOUTHWEST): Lauren Hanson 2 4-4 8, Makenzie Mace 1 0-0 2, Sophie Lund 0 1-2 1, Tara Sandgren 2 0-0- 5, Kayla Pohlen 1 0-0 3, Mary Fixsen 2 4-6 9, Nicole Bunting 1 0-0- 3, Victoria Quast 0 0-3 0, Kayla Huhnerkoch 1 0-2 3. TOTALS: 10 9-17 (53%) 34.

MARSHALL (3-0 OVERALL, 1-0 SOUTHWEST): Sarah Buysse 5 4-7 15, Morgan Saugstad 2 1-2 5, Haley Bennett 0 0-2 0, Marah Mulso 5 2-2 12, Kenzie Beekman 6 1-2 14, Hannah Bennett 3 0-2 6, Callie Graff 1 2-4 4, Lexi Saugstad 1 0-0 2, Jackie Petrich 2 2-2 6. TOTALS: 25 12-23 (52%) 64.

HALFTIME: Marshall 36, Redwood Valley 22. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Redwood Valley 5 (Sandgren 1, Pohlen 1, Fixzen 1, Bunting 1, Huhnerkoch 1); Marshall 2 (Buysse 1, Beekman 1). REBOUNDS: Marshall 33 (Beekman 10, Petrich 5, Buysse 5). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Redwood Valley 15 (none); Marshall 17 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Marshall 12 (Bennett 5). STEALS: Marshall 15 (Buysse 4, Beekman 4). BLOCKED SHOTS: Marshall 2 (Beekman 1, Graff 1). TURNOVERS: Marshall 11.

 
 

 

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