The Marshall Tigers quest for a third straight trip to the Class AAA championship game came to a halt Tuesday night as Laura Bagwell-Katalinich scored a game high 34 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Holy Angels Stars to a 69-47 win over the Tigers in the quarterfinals at Target Center in Minneapolis.
It was the Stars 13th win in their last 14 games as they made their first trip to the state tournament since 2005.
It took awhile for both teams to erase the scoreless deadlock until Megan Meyer would score on an assist from Bagwell-Katalinich. Abby Louwagie would hit a free throw to cut the lead to one and Meyer would hit a jumper to put Holy Angels ahead by three. Marshall would forge ahead on two three pointers from Marah Mulso. Emily Buysee would also hit from the Greyhound station to build the Tiger lead. The Stars would end the Tiger run on a basket from Bagwell-Katalinich and Meyer’s three point play that would cut the lead to one. Holy Angels would get a three pointer from Megan Thompson to regain the lead. Meyer would have a good first half for Holy Angels, scoring seven of the team’s next ten points. Lexi Saugstad, who was part of Marshall’s championship run would score for the Tigers. But Meyer continued her hot first half, scoring a three pointer and the Stars would lead at halftime 35-27.
There wasn’t a lot of scoring in the early part of the second half until Bagwell-Katalinich would score 2:23 into the half. She would be a dominant force for Holy Angels that would send them to Thursday’s Class AAA semifinals. Bagwell-Katalinich, who will play next season for the Penn Quakers, would go 7-8 from the field and 10-10 from the free throw line. There were other pieces to the Stars including freshman Destinee Oberg, who would score after she got an inside pass from Sarah Spanier. A bright spot for the Tigers would be Mulso, who would score six straight points. Mulso would also cut the Stars lead to ten but it was Bagwell-Katalinich who would put the game in the bag for Holy Angels as she score eight straight points. Marshall would also get a three point play from Nyamer Diew and a three pointer from Buysee but fouls would hurt the Tigers near the end, especially when Saugstad fouled out with 2:59 to go.
Meyer was the only other Holy Angels player in double figures, scoring 14 points. Mulso led Marshall with 14 points. Saugstad added 10 and Louwagie had four assists.
The Stars improved their record to 23-5 and will face the Thief River Falls Prowlers on Thursday, March 17 at 12 PM at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. The Tigers concluded their season at 23-7.