MINNEAPOLIS-Two years removed from winning a state title and after finishing second last year, the Roseau girls basketball team will be playing for third place Saturday.
Kacie Borowicz scored 28 points, but the top-seeded Rams lost a double-digit lead in the second half and fell 65-55 to Caledonia in the Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball semifinal Friday night at Williams Arena.
Roseau (29-3), which had won 22 straight games, also got nine points and nine rebounds from Julia Braaten. Katie Borowicz scored nine points.
Heidi Bolduan led the fourth-seeded Warriors (26-4) with 24 points. Three other players were in double figures for Caledonia, which has won 22 in a row.
The Rams downfall was an inability to hang onto the ball. Roseau finished with 20 turnovers, eight more than in its quarterfinal win over Redwood Valley.
"That's where the tide turned in the second half, we just weren't strong with the ball and they tied us up, forced us out of bounds, forced us to turn it over ... Absolute grittiness on defense and they turned that up in the second half," said Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson.
Largely because of that, Roseau's offense turned almost as cold as a northern Minnesota winter. The Rams were 7 for 28 from the field in the second half, mostly from the outside, after going 13 for 29 in the first 18 minutes.
Kacie Borowicz said Caledonia's zone defense was a problem.
"We always kind of struggle against zones, like when they ran a 2-3," she said. "Give credit to them because they really worked in the second half. I don't know the last time I've seen a 1-3-1."
Up 43-33 with 12:17 to play, the Rams were outscored 17-3 in the next seven minutes, including 13-0 in a 5 1/2-minute stretch in which Roseau committed six turnovers.
A 3-pointer from Borowicz tied the game at 46 with 6:40 to play, but Roseau could not regain the lead.
The Rams got within 57-55 with 1:46 left after a pair of free throws by Braaten, but Roseau did not score again.
Caledonia made 11 of 14 free throws down the stretch to advance.
For Kacie Borowicz the loss was extra hard.
"Basketball has always been my thing," said the senior, who is a UND commit. "I've been a part of all five state runs. This is not the way I hoped it would end."