Eagles take down Tigers

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Joey Batt (1) take a 3-pointer despite pressure from two Marshall defenders during the second half Tuesday at New Ulm High School. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — Tuesday night’s section battle between New Ulm and Marshall saw a true team effort from the Eagles as they went on to take down the Tigers 65-55 in girls’ basketball action.

The Eagles (18-5) were led by Joey Batt with 22 points, while Iyanna Wieland and Morgan Eikanger added 16 and 14 points respectively. Hannah Osborne also scored 13 points for the Eagles.

The Tigers (17-6) were led by Jordyn Hilgemann with 25 points, while Paige Andries added 10.

The matchup featured two top teams battling it out and Osborne said that her team knew beforehand how big the game would be nearing playoffs.

“We knew before the game that we had to come in with a lot of confidence,” Osborne said. “And this kind of lifts our heads even more and gets us ready for sections.”

With both squads keeping it close after the first few minutes, New Ulm broke away to a 21-11 lead with less than 11 minutes to go in the first half after Batt found Wieland open in the corner for a 3. Marshall battled back to tie it up at 26 after a fast-break bucket inside by Hilgemann with less than two minutes left in the half, but New Ulm snagged a 28-27 advantage heading into break after a pair of Wieland free throws.

The Eagles started the second half off on the right foot with a bucket by Batt and a 3 by Wieland to lead 33-27. Marshall came back, though, and after Hilgemann stole the ball for a layup, the Tigers led 35-33 with less than 14 minutes to play.

After a pair of Hilgemann free throws gave Marshall a 4-point cushion, Osborne knocked down back-to-back 3s to give the Eagles a 43-41 lead with a little more than nine minutes to play.

“My shots haven’t always been going in, but our coach always encourages us to keep shooting and that’s what I did,” Osborne said of her scoring efforts. “And I think we just worked together really well and we moved the ball well.”

Marshall took the lead back on a bucket by Lenei Estrada, 50-49, with less than five minutes to play, but Wieland sank a free throw and knocked down a clutch 3 to give the Eagles a 53-50 lead. That 3-pointer lit a spark for New Ulm, who finished the game on a 12-5 run.

New Ulm will travel to take on Hutchinson at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.