Red River opens season with win over Roseau
Roseau returns two all-staters from last season's Minnesota Class AA state runner-up girls basketball team in sisters Katie and Kacie Borowicz.
Grand Forks Red River graduated only two players from last season's 18-8 team.
The Roughriders' depth and experience had the advantage Saturday. Red River opened its season with a 90-71 win against the visiting Rams.
The Borowicz sisters had dominant games. Kacie, a senior and UND recruit, finished with 28 points. Katie, a sophomore, had 25 points. Julia Braaten added 10 points as the trio accounted for all but eight of the Rams' points.
Jadyn Sondrol had a career-high 30 points to lead Red River. Alex Page added 18 points and Shelby Frank 11. Red River had nine players with four or more points.
"They (Borowicz sisters) are tough to guard in the open court,'' Red River coach Kent Ripplinger said. "Heck, they're tough to guard anywhere on the court. We wanted to keep them under (a combined) 60 points.
"Depth for us is big. We played nine kids just in the first half. We have four girls who can dominate inside. That was huge for us. As the game wore down, I felt we could see (Roseau) wear down and get a little frustrated.''
The game was close into the second half.
Roseau led 41-39 at intermission. Red River rallied to a 52-47 lead, but Roseau pulled within one after Kacie Borowicz hit two free throws and Braaten scored on a fastbreak layup.
But Red River answered with a 15-4 run to take a 67-55 lead. Reserve Claire Leach was a spark in the run, as the 5-foot-3 junior scored twice on fastbreak layups, one of which she converted into a 3-point play.
"Claire settled down and let the game come to her,'' Ripplinger said.
The Roughriders maintained a lead of 10 or more points the rest of the way.
"They just kept rolling in kids,'' said Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson, whose team is 1-1. "I think they did (wear us down). Their size and our lack of it did that.''
To get 53 points from the Borowicz sisters, "that's reasonable for us to expect,'' Didrikson said. "And Julia had 10. But everybody else has to get a few more buckets. We are such a new team. There were positives. But you can't give up 90 points and expect to win.''
Frank had a double double, grabbing 12 rebounds.