Girls basketball: Pressure helps MHS maul Trojans

Aaron HagenDaily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Led by a game-high 23 points from Marah Mulso, the Marshall girls basketball team earned a 64-28 victory Thursday night over Worthington in a Big South Conference game."In the first half, we did some good thi...

Worthington High School senior Allie Bruns drives to the basket against Marshall Thursday night at the WHS gym. Marshall beat the Trojans 64-28. AARON HAGEN/DAILY GLOBE

Aaron Hagen
Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON - Led by a game-high 23 points from Marah Mulso, the Marshall girls basketball team earned a 64-28 victory Thursday night over Worthington in a Big South Conference game.
“In the first half, we did some good things,” Marshall head coach Dan Westby said. “I thought we really moved the ball well and our pressure gave them some trouble. At this point in the season, we’re just trying to plug some things in put some kids in spots. We were able to get some kids some valuable time against a good team, that’s always helpful.”
The Trojans (2-3) struggled against the Marshall full-court press, and managed 14 points in each half.
“We handled things in the first two minutes, we broke it, penetrated, did the things we needed to do and then it’s just the case that we let it get away from us,” WHS head coach Eric Lindner said. “When you press, one becomes five, five becomes 10 and the bleeding just never stopped. In the second half, I thought we played better.”
The pressure defense created turnovers for Marshall, many of which were turned into easy points.
“That’s kind of always been our MO, we’ve always kind of relied on our pressure to provide some offense for us,” Westby said. “That’s something that we need to continue to do.”
Mulso, a senior forward, had 16 points in the first half, and finished as the only player to score in double figures in the game.
“She’s tough,” Westby said. “She’s really playing hard this year. We couldn’t be more pleased with the job she’s done so far. She’s is a tough matchup because she can go outside and she can post kids up. She’s a good player.”
After Marshall made a free throw to open the game, WHS’ Emily Shaffer hit a jumper as the Trojans led 2-1. Mulso made a triple and Emily Buysse (nine points) had a steal and a layup, forcing a Worthington timeout. Out of the timeout, Anneke Weg scored on a drive to the hoop as WHS were within two.
“We were doing things, we’re attacking the basket,” Lindner said. “Ahmitara (Alwal) is attacking, Anneke makes that shot. It’s just one of those cases where their kids understand how to win because they’ve won forever. They just put pieces in place and they understand their responsibility.”
The Marshall then went on a 13-0 run to take a 19-4 lead.
Shaffer (six points) made a pair of jumpers and Emma Thuringer (nine points) made a shot, but the Trojans trailed 21-10.
Maddie Marks scored and Mulso made five quick points to start 22-0 run for the Tigers.
“You got away from attacking their pressure and you went into passive mode where you just were trying to get across half court and then trying to set up a half-court offense, which we struggle with,” Lindner said. “The shooting is not where it needs to be, so we need to be an attacking team. If we’re not an attacking team, that’s going to put us in a lot of tough situations.”
Maddi Woll made a free throw to stop the run, Allie Bruns made a layup and Alwal hit a free throw, but Marshall led 48-14 at halftime.
Weg made a shot out of the break for WHS before Abigail Mulder scored on a put back. Thuringer scored the next seven points for the Trojans, but it was the Tigers who came away with a 64-28 victory.
“That’s how you learn. Failure is one of the greatest motivators there is,” Lindner said. “Hopefully they’ll take this to heart.”
Worthington is at Pipestone Area on Thursday, while Marshall improves to 3-1 this season and will be at Jackson County Central on Tuesday.
“Obviously we have a lot of things to work on,” Westby said. “We have four seniors that have all been through it a number of times and they all played a lot the last two years. We lean on those kids to get us going and those kids have done a nice job of getting us organized and helping those younger kids along. That’s something we’re going to have to continue to do with those kids.”
Marshall 48 64
Worthington 14 28
MARSHALL (3FG-2FT-FT-TP) Diew 0-1-0-2, Mulso 3-7-0-23, Schwartz 0-0-2-2, Buysse 2-1-1-9, Louwagie 1-1-2-7, Marks 1-1-3-8, Petrich 0-2-2-6, Saugstad 0-2-3-7. Totals 7-15-13-64.
WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Alwal 0-0-2-2, Thuringer 1-3-0-9, Bruns 0-1-0-2, Woll 0-0-1-1, Weg 0-2-0-4, Mulder 0-2-0-4, Schaffer 0-3-0-6. Totals 1-11-3-28.

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