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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tigers clinch yet another perfect Southwest title

February 17, 2014
Marshall Independent

WINDOM - For the third straight season, the Class 2A No. 3-ranked Marshall Tigers are undeated Southwest Conference champions.

MHS (21-1 overall, 12-0 SWC) won its 38th consecutive league contest after defeating Windom Area 83-56 on Saturday.

Marshall head coach Dan Westby was pleased to see many Tigers break into the scoring column.

"Balanced scoring was the key again," Wesby said. "Just about everyone in our rotation has led us or been near the top in scoring at one time or another this season. We'll be tough to defend if that trend continues."

Four MHS players finished with 15 points or more, including Kenzie Beekman (20), Morgan Saugstad (16), Sarah Buysse (15) and Marah Mulso (15).

Saugstad and Mulso completed double-doubles with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Beekman had her double-double after making all 11 steals for the Tigers.

The last time Marshall dropped a Southwest Conference game was a 59-53 loss at Worthington on Feb. 12, 2011.

"Going through the conference schedule without a loss was a goal our kids had set," Westby said. "We now need to turn our entire focus to putting ourselves in good position for section play."

Jasmine Carlson led Windom Area with 20 points, while Kelsey Hanefeld added 14 more and Rachel Sorenson posted 10 as the Eagles dropped to 11-10, 4-8.

The Marshall girls are back in action Tuesday, when they host New Ulm at 6:15 p.m. before the Tigers take on the Eagles in a boys basketball game at 7:45 p.m.

MARSHALL 83, WINDOM AREA 56

MARSHALL (21-1 OVERALL, 12-0 SOUTHWEST): Sarah Buysse 6 2-3 15, Morgan Saugstad 5 6-11 16, Haley Bennett 0 2-2 2, Marah Mulso 7 1-2 15, Kenzie Beekman 8 3-4 20, Meghann Naughton 1 0-0 2, Hannah Bennett 0 2-2 2, Callie Graff 0 4-6 4, Lexi Saugstad 2 0-1 5, Jackie Petrich 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30 20-31 83.

WINDOM AREA (11-10 OVERALL, 4-8 SOUTHWEST): Kelsey Hanefeld 6 2-7 14, Rachel Sorenson 4 0-0 10, Maitland Vollan 1 0-0 2, Leigh Hanefeld 2 2-5 6, Jasmine Carlson 7 6-8 20, Madison Maras 2 0-2 4. Totals: 22 10-22 56.

HALFTIME: Marshall 46, Windom Area 33. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Marshall 3 (Buysse 1, Beekman 1, L. Saugstad 1); Windom Area 2 (Sorenson 2). REBOUNDS: Marshall 53 (M. Saugstad 13, Mulso 10). TOTAL FOULS: Marshall 18; Windom Area 19. TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Marshall 12 (L. Saugstad 4). STEALS: Marshall 11 (Beekman 11). BLOCKED SHOTS: Marshall 5 (Beekman 2). TURNOVERS: Marshall 7.

 
 

 

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