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Roseau rallies, heads back to state championship game

MINNEAPOLIS--Roseau is headed back to the Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball championship game. The Rams posted a come-from-behind 78-66 win over Marantha Christian Academy on Friday night in a semifinal game at Target Center. Roseau, the ...

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Roseau forward Emma Waling, left, goes up for a shot against Maranatha guard Breianna Smestad during the first half of the Class 2A semifinal game of the state Class AA semifinal game Friday night at Target Center. Photo/Craig Lassig

MINNEAPOLIS-Roseau is headed back to the Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball championship game.

The Rams posted a come-from-behind 78-66 win over Marantha Christian Academy on Friday night in a semifinal game at Target Center.

Roseau, the defending state champion, will play Sauk Centre today at 2 p.m. in the championship game.

Sauk Centre, the top seed, downed Norwood-Young America 54-45 in Friday's other semifinal.

Roseau trailed in the first half and was down 38-33 at the half. But the Rams pulled away late.

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The game was tied at 62 with just under three minutes to play when Katie Borowicz hit two free throws for a 64-62 lead with 2:56 to play.

That was the start of a game-ending 16-2 run by the Rams.

Kacie Borowicz led the Rams with 40 points. She made 13 of 23 from the field, including a 3-for-3 showing on 3-point attempts. She also was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Katie Borowicz added 20 points as she went 10-for-12 from the line.

Overall, Roseau was 22-for-27 from the line and shot 48 percent. Maranatha, meanwhile, shot 31 percent.

The Rams improved to 25-5 while Maranatha dropped to 27-4.

Maranatha's largest lead was eight points, that coming with 10:45 left in the game.

Sauk Centre comes into today's game against Roseau with a 32-0 record. The Mainstreeters will get their third chance in the past four seasons to win a state title.

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Roseau beat Sauk Centre 75-64 in last season's Class AA title game.

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Roseau guard Kacie Borowicz, right, drives past Maranatha guard Kayla Jo Davis during the first half of the state semifinal game Friday night at Target Center. Photo/Craig Lassig

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