Prep boys basketball: Stensaas, Ward rise to occasion in Marshall win over New Glarus
MARSHALL, Jan 12, 2013 (The Wisconsin State Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Brandon Stensaas and Cam Ward knew they each had to bring their "A" games Friday.
But it wasn't because Marshall was hosting New Glarus in a key battle for first place in the Southern Capitol Conference.
Playing in front of the Cardinals' largest crowd of the season on their Sixth Annual Youth Night, Stensaas and Ward personally ran a clinic that doomed the visiting Glarner Knights from the start.
Stensaas led the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Ward added a game-high 33 points and eight assists to power Marshall to a 100-60 victory over New Glarus to the delight of their youthful fans.
"They always get fired up. It's why we like doing it every year. We've got all the little kids in the stands and a great atmosphere. They really thrive on that," Marshall coach Jason McConnell said. "To come out and play as well as we did, especially in the first half, that was our best half of basketball this year."
The 6-foot-5 Stensaas immediately took charge inside, scoring 10 points to ignite an opening 19-6 run just 5 minutes into the game. The rout was on after that.
"It's a pretty talented 1-2 combo there," New Glarus coach Travis Sysko said. "We made Stensaas shoot over us but he's bigger than us. They were falling for them tonight. They played pretty well. They came out and did what they needed to do."
After the duo combined for 34 first-half points -- including 10 on second-chance points by Stensaas -- en route to a 53-19 lead, Ward sank five consecutive 3s in the third period to keep the Knights at bay.
"That's what we do every day in practice. We do our transition game and get everything going," Ward said. "We're getting to the midway point of the season so it's nice seeing everything coming together."
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