Weather Forecast

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Leah Ruter maintains possession of a defensive rebound in the first half with Marshall’s Kenzie Beekman, left, and Lexi Saugstad nearby Thursday in Willmar. Beekman scored 32 points to lead the Tigers to their ninth straight win.

Girls basketball: Tigers maul Willmar


WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals fell on Thursday to No. 6 Marshall 71-48 in a meeting of Section 2AAA foes.

The result won’t help Willmar’s case or perhaps their confidence going into post-season in a tough section.

Things started out just dandy with the teams exchanging baskets at a blazing clip.

Willmar led 19-16 in the first 7 minutes but then began to crumble against the Tigers’ trapping full-court press.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334