GIRLS BASKETBALL: Roseau knocks off D-G-F for section crown
MOORHEAD--Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton forward Alyson Brenna stared from the bench at the scoreboard at Concordia in the final minute of Friday's Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 girls basketball championship. It was as if she was trying to will more tim...
MOORHEAD--Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton forward Alyson Brenna stared from the bench at the scoreboard at Concordia in the final minute of Friday's Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 girls basketball championship. It was as if she was trying to will more time on the clock.
Next to Brenna, the weeps of senior forward Ally Reno and sophomore guard Natalie Steichen could be heard throughout the gym. There was no more time, as No. 6 Roseau made it back-to-back section championships with a 95-77 win over No. 7 D-G-F.
"They came out ready to play and hit a lot of shots and they just kind of fed off of that," D-G-F coach Tom Critchley Jr. said. "We made a run and they'd answer right back. You can't have someone get 38 against you."
That someone was Kiley Borowicz, who scored 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Roseau.
"It's really amazing to repeat and have everyone be scared to play you and just win," Borowicz said. "It's hard because you have a lot of pressure on your back. I think it helped knowing we were the No. 2 seed coming into this. We had to work hard to prove we were No. 1, and we did that."
No girls basketball team in Minnesota averages more points a game than Roseau's 81.7. D-G-F (28-2) did not want to get into a track meet with the Rams. That's exactly what happened.
"Wasn't really expecting it to be this high-scoring, but we've felt confident that if they tried to play our game, they couldn't keep up with us," Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson said. "Kiley (Borowicz) played huge tonight. Talked to her going into tonight about recognizing the moments when your team needs you to put them on your back, and she did that."
At first, D-G-F was able to sprint with Roseau, as 30 points were scored in the first 3 minutes, 30 seconds of the game with it being tied at 15.
"Right away, we got some points off of it, but we wanted to slow it down," Critchley Jr. said. "They shot so well. It wasn't just one girl. It was inside. It was outside. It was in the middle. It was beyond the arc. They just played well. Our girls didn't play poor. Sometimes the other team just plays a little bit better."
There was no time for D-G-F to slow down. When the Rebels cut the Roseau lead to 28-27, the Rams answered with a 9-0 run. When the Rebels cut the lead to 37-35, the Rams came back with a 10-0 run.
"They play good defense. They shot the lights out. It was hard to stop them," Brenna said. "Kiley Borowicz was hard to stop. They were way more physical than us. It was just hard to stop."
The Rams took a 50-40 lead into halftime and pushed it to 75-59 with 6:12 remaining. D-G-F answered with a 13-5 run with 11 of those points coming from Natalie Steichen, but the Rebels would get no closer.
"The girls are sad right now, but we can't focus on that last game," Critchley Jr. said. "We have to think about the journey that we went on. Not just this year, but we've been building this for a couple of years, and the girls have done everything we've asked of them."
The Rebels were looking for their first section championship since 2003.
"We only lost twice, and tonight was one of them," Brenna said. "Overall, this season shows our dedication and hard work. It was a fun ride, and I wouldn't change it for the world. It hurts, but I hope they learn for next year and go a little bit farther."