ROSEAU, Minn. -- Coaches pulled Katie Borowicz aside during a game earlier this season and told the Roseau junior she needed to shoot when the opportunity was there. But the playmaker in Borowicz ruled.
“Katie wants everybody to be scoring, almost to a fault,’’ Roseau High School girls basketball coach Kelsey Didrikson said. “We told her she had to take open shots, not pass them up. And Katie said she passed because one of her teammates hadn’t scored in the game yet.’’
In her fifth varsity season and third as Roseau’s starting point guard, Borowicz has become more of a scorer after her sister, 2019 Minnesota Miss Basketball award winner Kacie Borowicz, graduated last spring.
Katie has improved her scoring average from 20.3 a game last season to 31.6 points this season. On Thursday, the junior reached the 2,000-point mark for her career when she scored 46 against Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.
She still has a ways to go to reach her sisters’ scoring accomplishments. Kacie graduated as the No. 7 career scorer in Minnesota girls high school basketball history with a school-record 3,551 points. Oldest sister Kiley, a 2017 graduate, is 14th on the state’s career list with 3,225 points.
“You watch your older sisters and you want to measure up to them,’’ the junior said. “I wanted to do what they did. It would be cool to get to 3,000 points. But I just want to have us keep winning games.
“My first option is still to pass. If the pass isn’t there, I’ll shoot. But when I can pass, it creates a better team dynamic, getting everybody involved. I’ve always been a passer to my sisters. The scoring will come.’’
Points have come in bunches this season.
Katie Borowicz, an all-state pick each of the last two seasons, has had four 40-point games and four other games in which she’s scored 30 or more. “If we’re winning, I don’t care if I’m only scoring four points,’’ said the junior, who also averages 7.1 rebounds, 6.3 steals and 6.4 assists for the 11-3 Rams.
She’s done a lot of winning. Roseau is 128-14 in Borowicz’s time on the varsity, winning the Section 8AA tournament each season she’s played.
Borowicz and Julia Braaten (16.8 ppg) have emerged as a 1-2 punch in picking up the offense lost by Kacie Borowicz’s graduation.
“Katie’s had to carry more of a load because our team is so young and inexperienced,’’ Didrikson said. “I’ve never had a team without a senior like this year.’’
The 5-foot-6 Borowicz is shorter than her older siblings. She’s developed a better mid-range shooting game and an ability to attack the basket to go along with the transition game and 3-point shooting that accounted for most of her points in past seasons.
Didrikson said both Kiley and Kacie developed more interests outside of basketball as they grew older, while Katie has maintained her basketball passion.
“Katie has a drive, a love for the game,’’ Didrikson said. “She’s the most driven of the three to keep getting better. She loves being at the gym and working on her game.’’
Katie Borowicz usually goes to the high school gym and practices shooting on her own for two hours every weekend. She’s at the gym before practices start and has to be chased out after practices.
Katie Borowicz has had no better examples to follow than her sisters.
“Kacie had a nice pull-up jump shot,’’ Katie Borowicz said. “I envied how she could do that. Kiley was a good 3-point shooter and was good at getting to the basket. I wanted to do that, too.
“For a lot of people, as they get older the game is still fun, but they seem to lose the passion. I have to be in the gym. I want to be the best I can be.’’