Youngest Borowicz presents different style for state-bound Roseau
Growing up with two of the Top 15 scorers in the history of Minnesota girls basketball, maybe it's not such a surprise Roseau 5-foot-6 sophomore Katie Borowicz is known as the distributor of the family.
"That's just what makes me happy," Borowicz said. "I grew up with that mentality. I've always had the point-guard mentality. Who doesn't like to score? But passing and assisting make me happy."
The eldest of the three Borowicz sisters, Kiley, scored 3,225 points in her prep career from 2013-17. The Minnesota State Moorhead player now sits in 14th all-time in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Hub website.
Middle sister, Kacie, sits ninth all-time when she became one of 20 to reach 3,000 this season. The 5-8 senior guard and UND recruit passed the legendary Megan Taylor for the school record this winter.
The youngest Borowicz, starting to attract plenty of Division I recruiting buzz of her own, will be the quarterback of the Roseau offense when the Rams play in their fifth consecutive Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball tournament.
The No. 1 Rams (28-2), who are on a 21-game winning streak, play Redwood Valley in the state quarterfinals Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
Kacie and Katie Borowicz—both all-state selections last year—lead the Rams in scoring with averages of 28 and 20 points per game, respectively.
Through the regular season, Katie had racked up 188 assists for a 7.2 per game average.
"(Katie) is such a special player," Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson said. "She sees things on the court and gets teammates in position to score. She takes pride in distributing the ball. She does that at an elite level."
Didrikson has coached all three Borowicz sisters as the Rams have been to back-to-back state championship games—winning it all in 2017 and finishing runner-up in 2018.
"(Katie) is the baby," Didrikson said. "It was probably some of the big sisters telling the little sister, you just pass us the ball. I think there's that dynamic. Kacie and Kiley both ran point guard in their career but Katie is the most true point guard. They have different tools. Katie has good handles and good court vision. She's really unselfish."
Katie, whose dad David Borowicz played football at UND (1993-96), said she's enjoyed playing with her sisters, even if they can be hard on each other when they're playing.
"What's on the court is left on the court," said Katie, who passed 1,000 career point this season. "Once we're at home, it's all good.
"I got to play with Kiley for a year and a half. That was exciting. When she left, that was sad. When (Kacie) leaves, that'll be something else."
After Kacie and Katie, the Rams have been getting 12.0 points per game from Julia Braaten and 6.9 points per game from Emma Waling.
Roseau is often undersized and has to hope its quickness can overcome opponents' height.
The Rams also have the advantage of state tournament experience, despite the loss of six seniors from last season's team.
"This year was more of a rebuilding process to get the next wave of girls ready," Didrikson said. "That's a whole season-long process. That's gratifying and a grind. The grind isn't always fun when you're in it, but it's fun now to see that hard work pay off."