Underdogs on Thursday against No. 1 seed Orono? Marshall didn’t see it that way.
With the bulk of their players back from a runner-up finish last year, the fourth-seeded Tigers weren’t conceding.
“We knew Orono was beatable,” senior guard Sarah Buysse said. “In the tournament, anything can happen. So we came in really well-prepared.”
Marshall coach Dan Westby said his team brushed rankings aside last year as well.
“We were the No. 3 seed and we played a Fergus Falls team with an identical record to what Orono had [Thursday],” Westby said. “So no, I wouldn’t say we were underdogs.”
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St. Michael-Albertville coach Kent Hamre wore a tie with black and pink stripes. The team wore T-shirts with large pink letters on the front reading “Hoops for Hope.” Pink was the predominant color in the St. Michael-Albertville cheering section.
The community was showing its collective support for a fourth-grade teacher in the St. Michael-Albertville school district, Renee Krupke, who has been battling breast cancer and underwent surgery Thursday.
“I teach with her husband,” Hamre said. “We have a cook in the district who also has breast cancer and we raised about $7,000 for her. I thought it would be nice if we all showed support for Renee, so we decided we’d have a ‘Pink-Out’ for her.”
Milestone for Reiss
Minneota senior Taylor Reiss, playing in her fifth consecutive girls’ basketball state tournament, scored 13 points in the Vikings’ 69-68 victory over Browerville on Thursday to become the 13th player in Minnesota girls’ high school basketball history to score 3,000 points.
Reiss, who now has 3,002 points, has scored 859 points this season — the 15th-best single-season mark in state history. She is averaging 26.8 points per game.
Reiss, a three-time All-State selection in volleyball, will play volleyball at South Dakota State next season.
Lee nears 2,000
Maranatha Christian Academy senior guard Lexi Lee scored 18 points against Stephen-Argyle on Thursday to put her eight points shy of 2,000 points in her career. If Lee, who averages 22.5 points per game, can eclipse that mark, she’d join Alexis Long — who graduated in 2012 and scored 2,129 points in her career — as the second Maranatha player in history to join the 2,000-point club.
“It means a lot,” Lee said. “It means that my teammates really like to share the ball, which is great.”