8th-ranked Tiger girls pound Pipestone

Kenzie Beekman scored a game-high 16 points and Kelsey Saugstad added 15 as the Marshall girls’ basketball team stormed past Pipestone Area 69-35 in a Southwest Conference game played Friday night in Pipestone.

The eighth-ranked (Class AAA) Tigers had 11 players get their name in the scorebook in a game the team led 43-17 by halftime. Marshall improved to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in Southwest Conference play with the win.

Marshall head coach Dan Westby said the Arrows brought their trademark toughness, but that couldn’t prevent them from suffering their 10th straight loss as the team dropped to 1-11 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

“It was physical,” Westby said. “The game was close for the first few minutes and our kids pulled away after that. Again, our pressure was the key for us.”

Again, it was the usual suspects leading the Tigers in scoring as Saugstad and Beekman were the only two players to crack double figures scoring in the game.

“Kelsey and Kenzie really played well off of each other and were really unselfish with the ball. They scored a lot of points off the break,” Westby said.

The Tigers got to the foul line a lot Friday, and converted on their scoring opportunities with great frequency, knocking down 23 of 26 free throws.

Marshall will go out of conference for its next game, taking on Minneota Tuesday at home. The Vikings are ranked fifth in Class A and sport a 13-1 record.