Marshall trips Worthington girls basketball team in opener

The Marshall Tigers defeated the WHS girls basketball team 58-46 in the Trojans' season opener on Saturday.

WORTHINGTON -- Cold free throw shooting hurt the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team Saturday in its season-opening game against Marshall at the local high school gymnasium.

The Trojans meshed just 11 of 27 free throws in falling to their Big South Conference rivals 58-46.

"The effort was there. I think we played really hard. The biggest thing was the free throws," said WHS head coach Eric Lindner. "You can't miss 16 free throws and beat a well-coached team."

Marshall converted 12 of 16 from the free throw line.

Worthington committed 34 turnovers -- not good -- but Marshall also turned the ball over often -- 27 times. Worthington out-rebounded the Tigers 29-28.


Lindner substituted players often in a year where they are required to wear masks on the court.

"The kids said they got tired quite a bit quicker," said the coach.

Jordyn Hilgeman led Marshall with 23 points and teammate Brianna Simpson had 12. Sophie Wietzema and Olivia Hayenga scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Wietzema grabbed 10 rebounds.

The first half was characterized by a lot of pressure from both teams, as Worthington applied it from a man-to-man defense and Marshall used a zone. The Trojans turned the ball over often when they became trapped in a corner.

The Tigers led 30-21 at halftime.

Lindner said his three new starters, Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, Hayenga and Tarryn Spartz, looked a little tentative in the first half, then played more consistently after intermission. Hayenga scored 8 of her 10 points in the second half and Spartz scored all five of hers in the second half.

"I think we can compete (this season)," said Lindner after the game. "We're definitely doing some good things. You don't want to be too negative since this is the first game, but you have to be more precise in your situations."

Marshall 30 58


Worthington 21 46

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