Buysse’s hot night leads Tiger girls in win over Luverne

The Marshall girls’ basketball team improved its Southwest Conference record to 9-0 with a 79-54 win on the road Friday in Luverne.

Sarah Buysse had a hot hand for the Tigers, leading all scorers with 29 points.

“Sarah shot the ball well (Friday),” Marshall head coach Dan Westby said. “She was 9 of 10 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. She was 5 of 5 from 3-point range, so she had a heck of a night shooting the ball.”

Unfortunately, Westby said, those kinds of night don’t come along very often. Luckily, it did so against the Cardinals Friday night.

“We had some kids in foul trouble in the first half,” Westby said. “So it was a good thing Sarah shot the way she did. She kind of held it together for us.”

Despite the foul trouble in the opening half, the Tigers gained a 41-32 halftime advantage and then made some positive adjustments in the second half.

“We just committed too many stupid fouls in the first half,” Westby said. “In the second half, we did a better job of cleaning those things up. There was just too many times in the first half where we fouled when we didn’t need to. They were quite a ways from the basket. So we had way too many of those early on.”

The Tigers stepped up their defensive effort and rebounded much better in the second half as well, Westby said. Kelsey Saugstad hauled down 12 of Marshall’s 32 rebounds on the night in addition to swiping six steals and dishing out six assists.

“Luverne really shot the ball well in the first half,” Westby said. “We did a better job in the second half of stopping their penetration I thought.”

Kenzie Beekman contributed 23 points and seven boards in the win, while Morgan Saugstad and Sarah Anderson added eight and seven points respectively.

Kaitlin Wohnoutka led the Cardinals with 14 points, while MaKayla Schilling added 10.

Marshall (17-3 overall, 9-0 SWC) will continue action today when it hosts Watertown (S.D.).

“We have another tough game (today),” Westby said. “They have some kids who can shoot it. We’ll have to defend a lot better on the perimeter than we did (Friday).”