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Sophomore's 45 points sink Patriots

Sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz scored 45 points to lead No. 3 Roseau past second-seeded Pequot Lakes 72-63 in the North Subsection 8AA semifinals on Saturday, March 7, at Bemidji State University.

East Grand Forks' Rylee Skyberg, left, battles Pequot Lakes' Brittny Bzdok in the North Subsection 8AA quarterfinals on Thursday, March 5. Photo by Dan Determan
East Grand Forks' Rylee Skyberg, left, battles Pequot Lakes' Brittny Bzdok in the North Subsection 8AA quarterfinals on Thursday, March 5. Photo by Dan Determan

Sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz scored 45 points to lead No. 3 Roseau past second-seeded Pequot Lakes 72-63 in the North Subsection 8AA semifinals on Saturday, March 7, at Bemidji State University.

Borowicz's eighth-grade sister, Kacie, added 11 points for the Rams, 22-6 overall before advancing to play top-seeded Crookston in the subsection final on Tuesday, March 10. Pequot Lakes finishes with a 18-9 record.

The two-time defending section champion Patriots led 37-28 at halftime on Saturday. That's when Kiley Borowicz put her team on her back and tallied 34 of Roseau's 44 second-half points to pull off the comeback win. She finished with five 3-point baskets and made 6 of 8 free throws late in the game to hold off the defending champions.

"We had a hard time stopping (Borowicz) when she drove the lane," Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale said. "She also was good from the outside on her 3-point shooting."

The Patriots turned the ball over on their first possession, and maybe that was a bad omen when the upset-minded Rams jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead. The Patriots did battle back for a 13-12 lead on Brittny Bzdok's 3-pointer. Pequot Lakes later trailed 22-18, but the Patriots rallied with an 8-0 run behind a pair of baskets by Olivia Lane and one by Ruud and Caitie Ryan.

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Roseau later cut the deficit to 28-26 before Pequot Lakes closed out the first half with a 9-2 run behind five points from Corina Ruud. Ryan and Kelsey Hart also had baskets as the Patriots assumed a 37-28 halftime lead.

Pequot Lakes maintained a lead of 46-37 with 14:20 remaining when Kiley Borowicz launched a successful 3-point shot to start the rally. The older Borowicz sister added two more 3-pointers and a layup while teammate Kaitlyn Christianson added a layup and the Rams had a 52-49 lead.

Morgan Lohmiller drilled a 3-pointer to knot the score with 8:52 left, and then the Patriots would enjoy their final lead on a short jumper by Ruud to make it 57-56.

Roseau went on a 9-2 run for a 65-59 lead with 5:07 left, and Pequot Lakes would answer with just four points for the rest of the game. Most of the Rams' points came from the line as they were forced to foul.

Ruud did finish with a career-high 23 points.

"We had a nice lead at the half, but we didn't play our best basketball after that point," Dale said. "We were only six of 22 from the line, which really hurt us."

Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson said Kiley Borowicz had "one of her best games" for the Rams. The sophomore did score 50 points in a game earlier this season.

"After watching (Pequot Lakes) beat Hawley for the section title last year, we wanted to get a shot at dethroning the Patriots this year," the coach said. "Our girls got their chance, and did it.

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"It was a huge win for us. Pequot Lakes has always been a role model for us, and we hope to play them again in the Wheaties Wallin tournament next December (in Pequot Lakes)."

In the other subsection semifinal, top-seeded Crookston held off Park Rapids 69-59. In the South Subsection, top-seeded Hawley was upset by Barnesville 47-43 in overtime while No. 3 Pelican Rapids topped No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 60-56.

Roseau 28 44 - 72

Pequot Lakes 37 26 - 63

ROSEAU

Amelia Johnson 4, Kacie Borowicz 11, Rachel Lindemann 4, Taylor Loken 2, Kiley Borowicz 45, Kaitlyn Christianson 6. FT 14-25

PEQUOT LAKES

Caitie Ryan 6, Haley Wiebolt 9, Brittny Bzdok 8, Kelsey Hart 4, Olivia Lane 8, Morgan Lohmiller 3, Corina Ruud 23, Laura Squires 2. FG 27-58, 3 point 3-9 FT 6-22.

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Patriots 71, EGF 47

In the final basketball game of the season at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center on Thursday, March 5, Haley Wiebolt recorded 21 points for the second-seeded Patriots in their win over the third-seeded East Grand Forks Green Wave in the subsection quarterfinals.

Bzdok, who finished with 12 points for the Patriots nailed a pair of 3-point baskets in the opening minutes to give the Patriots an 8-3 lead that the hosts would never surrender.

Pequot Lakes began to build a comfortable lead when Wiebolt and Laura Squires drilled 3-point baskets to make it 16-7.

"We were having our troubles getting our shots to fall for a while, and they pulled to within 20-19," said coach Dale, "but we went on a 12-4 run to open up the lead."

The Patriots extended the lead to 40-26 on a basket by Ruud and a 15-foot basket by Morgan Lohmiller. Pequot Lakes eventually led 42-27 at the half before outscoring the Green Wave 29-20 in the second half.

The Patriots extended the lead to 49-31 early in the second half after baskets by Sam Littman and another 3-pointer by Squires. Pequot Lakes then led 57-43 after a layup by Wiebolt and three quick baskets by Hart.

"We didn't play our best game, but I think our depth wore them down," Dale said. "Besides Wiebolt and Bzdok, we had five other girls score between six to eight points."

The top four subsection seeds all advanced to the semifinals.

East Grand Forks 27 20 - 47

Pequot Lakes 42 29 - 71

EAST GRAND FORKS

Haylie Carlstrom 6, Rylee Skyberg 11, Christal Moe 2, Natalie Carlstrom 2, Brook Flipi 8, Danielle Flipi 13, Chloe Vonasek 5.

PEQUOT LAKES

Haley Wiebolt 21, Brittny Bzdok 12, Kelsey Hart 6, Olivia Lane 2, Emilee Buell 2, Morgan Lohmiller 6, Corina Ruud 8, Laura Squires 6, Jessica Faacks 2, Sam Littman 6. FT 7-9 (78 percent).

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