Hill-Murray is on a mission to erase bad memories from an abrupt ending to last season. The Pioneers lost just four games all season. The last loss, however, was unexpected.
As the top seed in the Class 3A, Section 4 tournament, Hill-Murray fell 54-52 to fourth-seeded Totino-Grace in the section semifinals.
On its mission to get back to the top of the section bracket, Hill-Murray (3-2, 0-0) has been reliant on three scorers: Ella Runyon, Bella Hartzel and Lilli Mackley, who each average more than 12 points a game.
Visiting Marshall (3-0, 0-0) will give the Pioneers a test as a team that's received attention as a potential contender in Class 3A.
The No. 9-3A Tigers have played some dominant defense early this season, holding opponents to an average of 45 points per game.
Senior Lenei Estrada is one player Marshall can count on for offense. She scored a team-high 13 points in the Tigers' 61-51 win against Hutchinson on Dec. 3.