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Borowicz sparks Crookston past Sacred Heart

Crookston showed good balance in its season-opening girls basketball game Tuesday. At crunch time, however, Emma Borowicz was the go-to player. The sophomore scored seven points in a 10-0 run, helping stretch Crookston's lead to 60-40. The Pirate...

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Crookston's Hayden Winjum passes the ball as Sacred Heart's Ivy Edwards defends in Tuesday's game at Sacred Heart. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Crookston showed good balance in its season-opening girls basketball game Tuesday.

At crunch time, however, Emma Borowicz was the go-to player.

The sophomore scored seven points in a 10-0 run, helping stretch Crookston's lead to 60-40. The Pirates went on to a 62-52 road win at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart High School.

"We have multiple girls who can score,'' Crookston coach Darin Zimmerman said. "Emma is one of those. And she isn't afraid of those situations. She attacked the basket.

"She made an immediate impact. She made some really nice plays to get our edge back.''

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The Pirates built a 50-32 lead with 7:16 remaining. Sacred Heart pulled within 50-40 on eight straight points, the last on back-to-back Bella Knudson baskets.

Borowicz had been on the bench in foul trouble. She re-entered and scored three baskets from close range, the last a 3-point play with 2:40 left for the 60-40 edge. Kylie Solheim also had a trey in the spurt.

"I was just looking to be aggressive and get to the paint,'' Borowicz said. "Everybody can score. It's hard to defend us when that is happening.''

Defense was an issue for the Eagles in their season opener. Last season, Sacred Heart allowed teams to reach the 60-point mark in only three of their 27 games.

"I thought we would play better defense,'' Sacred Heart coach Joann Remer said. "We gave up a lot of points. And we've been focusing on defense in practices.''

Sacred Heart was limited by its depth. The Eagles have only nine varsity players. The four reserves are freshmen with little to no varsity experience.

After pulling to within 50-40, Remer said, "Maybe that would have been the time to put on pressure. But with our low numbers, it's tough to press.''

If Borowicz was a factor down the stretch, Crookston's 3-point shooting was a factor in building a lead. Crookston, led by Solheim's four treys, made seven 3-point shots. In the first half, the Pirates had a 6-1 advantage in 3-pointers, the difference in a 34-23 halftime lead.

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"In the offseason, we wanted the girls to work on shooting,'' Zimmerman said. "I think we have the best shooting team we've had in the last couple of years. Teams would sag their defenses against us (in the past) and we couldn't make those shots consistently. Tonight we did.''

Borowicz's 18 points led Crookston, with Solheim and Rachel Hefta scoring 12 each and Hayden Winjum 11.

Jessica Remer's 12 points paced Sacred Heart, with Ivy Edwards, Sydney Lloyd and Knudson adding 11 each.

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