Tiger girls falter against Patriots

A fast finish on Thursday night didn’t translate to a strong start for the Marshall girls’ basketball team on Friday night as the Tigers fell to Sioux Falls Lincoln 59-49 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We got off to a slow start and got down early,” said Marshall head coach Dan Westby. “We just played catch-up the whole game.”

The Tigers (10-2 overall) fell behind early, trailing 17-10 after the first quarter, and were never able to gain the advantage.

“Lincoln really shot the ball well and it was a combination of two things,” Westby said. “They were confident from the field and we didn’t defend as hard as we needed to.”

At the half, Marshall trailed the Patriots (3-2) 35-24 and was never able to cut the lead to single digits again.

“We had a couple stretches where we got it down to 10,” Westby said. “Then all of a sudden, they would kick it back up to 15 or 17. We just weren’t able to get over that hump.”

Kenzie Beekman led the Tigers with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Lincoln had three players in double digit scoring. The Patriot defense held Kelsey Saugstad and Hannah Bennett to three points apiece.

“There were too many times where we would just go down and it was one shot,” Westby said. “We didn’t rebound well offensively and they did a nice job of limiting us to one shot.”

Marshall will be back in action on Tuesday when the Tigers play host to New Ulm, looking to get back in the win column.

“The next time around when we play teams of this caliber, we need to compete harder,” Westby said. “There were too many times we just got beat. We didn’t make drops defensively and we didn’t block out.

“We need to learn from this and compete harder.”