MARSHALL - Marshall sharpshooter Kelsey Saugstad proved why she's being recruited to play basketball at the next level.
Saugstad produced a game-leading 25 points on the strength of four 3-pointers to power the hometown Tigers to a season-opening 64-43 nonconference basketball victory over the Fairmont Cardinals on Tuesday night in Marshall.
Saugstad also distributed four assists and pocketed three steals for Marshall, who held a 31-22 lead at halftime.
Sarah Buysse contributed 10 points and three steals to the Tigers' winning ways, while Sarah Andersen garnered a team-best eight boards to complement six points.
Kenzie Beekman supplied six points, four assists and three steals to Marshall's performance.
Sophomore guard Sierra Schultz scored 14 points to top the Cardinals' offensive effort, while teammates Kayla Lardy and Alex Christianson each neared double-double territory. Lardy, a 6-foot-1 junior post player, generated nine points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Christianson netted eight points and hauled in seven boards on the game.
Lardy and Christianson, a 5-11 sophomore forward, helped pace Fairmont's 35-28 rebounding advantage over Marshall.
The Cardinals made 17 of 55 shots from 2-point range, 1 of 3 from behind the arc and 6 of 12 at the free throw line.
Fairmont (0-1) tips off South Central Conference action by playing host to Waseca at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.
Marshall (1-0) plays host to Mankato West on Thursday night.
Marshall downed Fairmont in B-squad action Tuesday night in Marshall.
Cassidy Krusemark and Sydney Glienke each scored six points for the Cardinals, while Sophie Shelgren chipped in four points.
The Tigers also claimed the C-squad game over the Cardinals, 38-18, Tuesday night in Marshall.
Marisa Nelson scored eight points to top the Cardinals, while Sophie Brau and Katelyn Noah chipped in four points each.