The scoring drought didn't last long for East Grand Forks Senior High. The Green Wave were handed their first shutout of the girls high school hockey season Tuesday, a 3-0 setback to Thief River Falls, which is No. 2 in the Minnesota Class A state rankings. Senior High, the No. 4-ranked Class A team in the state, bounced back Saturday. The Green Wave had a 63-14 advantage in shots on goal in beating Park Rapids 10-0 at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
Katelin Petersen is a self-described grinder, getting a lot of her goals working around the net. On Saturday, the junior's skating skills were a factor, as she scored a pair of goals in leading Grand Forks past visiting Jamestown 4-2 in high school hockey. "I like to play down low around the net,'' Petersen said. "I'm more of a gritty player. "But I think I'm pretty fast, too. They turned the puck over and I was able to take advantage of opportunities.''
Long-range shooting is a confidence thing for Evan Sczepanski. "You hit the first one and it sets the tone,'' the East Grand Forks Sacred Heart junior said. "After you hit one or two (3-point shots), you think everything is going to go in.'' The Eagles hit a lot from long range Friday night. Sacred Heart had 12 treys—the difference in a matchup of boys high school unbeatens as the Eagles defeated visiting Kittson County Central 75-56. Sacred Heart outscored the Bearcats 36-12 on treys and hit some timely long-range shots to break the game open.
For a player coming off the bench with a defense-first mentality, Alex Page was a bit offensive Thursday. The freshman sparked an early spurt that gave Grand Forks Red River a comfortable lead. The Roughriders never looked back in pulling away to a 64-42 girls high school basketball win against visiting West Fargo. The Packers were within 14-10 with 9:30 left in the first half when Red River went on a 15-4 run. Page scored a basket to start the spurt and also added a 3-point basket and two free throws to account for also half of the points in the stretch.
LANGDON, N.D.—Rob Scherr figured he was done with coaching when he resigned from his position as the Park River/Fordville-Lankin girls head basketball coach last spring. Scherr had been coaching every high school school year since graduating from college in 1989, sometimes multiple sports in a year. "I didn't know if I wanted to coach any more,'' the 52-year-old Scherr said. "At some point, I wanted time to do other things, like ice fishing. And I felt like I was becoming more of a coach than a parent at home.'' Retirement from coaching didn't last long.
ROSEAU, Minn.—Replacing the numbers Kiley Borowicz put up last season hasn't been easy. All Borowicz averaged as a senior was 25.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 steals in leading Roseau to a 32-0 record and the Minnesota Class AA state girls high school basketball title. More than statistics, however, Roseau is trying to replace the intangibles Borowicz, a three-time all-stater, brought to the team.
Katie Borowicz took a gamble and won it all—a steal, a layup and game-winning points. The freshman registered a steal on her defensive end and drove for the game-winning basket with four seconds remaining as visiting Roseau edged East Grand Forks Senior High 75-73 in girls high school basketball Thursday. "I have to say it was sort of a dangerous play,'' said Borowicz, who picked up her fourth foul with 4:44 remaining. "I was thinking, 'Don't foul.' But it was the end of the game.
Hillsboro-Central Valley's boys basketball team is planning to build off success—not on the court so much as in other sports. The Burros are defending North Dakota Class B state high school basketball champions, beating Four Winds-Minnewaukan 63-60 in the state final last March on Kyle Henningsgard's 3-pointer at the buzzer. They host Kindred in their season opener Saturday.
With 86 points on the scoreboard, Josh Perkerwicz usually would be looking at a win. "Any time we can score in the 80s, even the 70s, we're feeling good,'' the East Grand Forks Senior High boys basketball coach said. "But defensively we didn't have it tonight.'' And Jordan Tomkinson did have it on offense. The senior poured in 40 points to lead Sacred Heart to a 96-86 win Tuesday in a shootout at the Sacred Heart gymnasium.
Three-point shooting kept Minot close Saturday. But it was Maggie Steffen's clutch 3-point basket that clinched a win for Grand Forks Red River. Steffen's field goal from the baseline with 1:21 remaining gave the Roughriders a 57-51 lead en route to a 61-54 victory in the girls high school basketball season opener for both teams at Red River High School. Minot made nine treys in the game compared to the Roughriders' three. But Steffen's first 3-pointer of the game gave Red River some breathing room in a game it led from start to finish.