Team defense

Holy Angels senior Kassie Caron, left, and Francesca Vascellaro, right, tie up the ball moments after the opening tip Tuesday.

Marshall senior Jordyn Hilgemann made 14-of-16 free throws finishing with 25 of her game-high 30 points in the second half as the Tigers improved to 23-0 after a 75-58 win over Holy Angels (20-3) Tuesday evening at Target Center.

Grace Massaquoi

Holy Angels junior Grace Massaquoi makes an unbalanced basket during the first half against Marshall. She finished with 10 points.

The Class 3A state semifinal game was tight through the first half but turnovers caught up with Holy Angels in the second half while Marshall pulled away with hot shooting for a 41-24 edge in the second half.

Rachel Kawiecki

Holy Angels senior Rachel Kawiecki, right, begins the transition Tuesday against Marshall. Kawiecki finished with 8 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Holy Angels senior Francesca Vascellaro scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the second half while classmate Rachel Kawiecki, the emotional heart and soul of the team completed a 3-point play to close out the first half, 34-34.

Kawiecki turned and gave a fistbump on her way back to the Stars bench after making the free throw with 0.5 seconds in the opening half.

She began the second half at the free-throw line just seconds into the second half, making one shot to give the Stars a 35-34 lead. On the next possession, Kawiecki found Vascellaro in stride with an outlet pass for a layup to push it to 37-34.

Kassie Caron

Holy Angels junior Kassie Caron had a team-high 7 assists and grabbed three rebounds Tuesday.

Defense

Holy Angels' Kiera O'Rourke, left, defends against a Marshall player along with Rachel Kawiecki, right, during the second half Tuesday.

Kawiecki was 3-of-8 from the field scoring eight points to go with 12 hard-fought rebounds and three assists. Defensively she blocked two shots and had two of the Stars 14 steals.

Starting five

Holy Angels' starting five was introduced on the big screen hanging over the floor at Target Center.

Stars junior Grace Massaquoi added 10 points and freshman Jenna Buer finished with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

Holy Angels turned the ball over 27 times compared to 22 from Marshall but only made 4-of-20 3-point baskets compared to Marshall’s 7-21.

The Stars held a 42-34 rebounds edge but perhaps the largest discrepancy among the stats was the number of fouls and free throws where Marshall was 32-of-42 from the line compared to 6-of-13 for Holy Angels. The Stars committed 29 fouls to Marshall’s 16. 

Warmups

Holy Angels generated 14 steals and flocked four Marshall shots during the Class 3A state semifinal played at Target Center Tuesday.

Look for a complete recap in the April 15 edition of the Sun Current.

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