Borowicz registers quadruple-double as Roseau downs NRHEG girls 82-64
Minneapolis – For the first eight minutes of the NRHEG girls basketball team’s quarterfinal matchup against top-seeded Roseau in the Class AA state tournament, the Panthers were right in the thick of it, holding a two-point margin.
Then Kiley Borowicz took over.
Registering a quadruple-double, Borowicz led the Rams (30-0) past the un-seeded Panthers (25-6) 82-64 at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota Wednesday.
“They got some big steals on us and they made it hurt,” commented Panthers head coach Onika Peterson. “Roseau is good. They are very, very impressive. I can see why they are the one-seed. I wish them the best of luck.”
The Panthers scoreed the first points of the game after a pair of Marnie Wagner free throws. After missing their first seven attempts, the Rams’ offense started to get on track after Borowicz generated a steal before dishing to teammate Morgan Groenhoff to tie the contest 2-2.
The steal appeared to heat up the ‘Ms. Minnesota Basketball’ finalist. Over the span of nine minutes, she had a hand in Roseau’s next 18 points. However, the Panthers managed to keep within striking distance – often keeping it within a one possession game. In fact, for the first ten minutes of the contest, there were six different lead changes.
The final lead change though proved costly for the Panthers.
After Borowicz hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 25-24, Kiley’s sister, Kacie, registered a steal that immediately transitioned into points. What ensued was a 16-2 run that was powered off the play of the Borowicz sisters.
The duo of Kiley and Kacie Borowicz had a first half that were as good as most final game statistics. They combined for 27 of the Rams’ 43 points while also recording 10 steals. Kiley also grabbed 10 rebounds to go with her game-high 14 points in the first half.
The Panthers duo of Betsy Schoenrock and Marnie Wagner were also clicking at the right time, scoring 12 and 10 points at the half respectively for NRHEG. The struggle for NRHEG however, came with ball security as the Rams forced 34 turnovers throughout the game, 26 being steals.
“We struggled getting the ball up the floor,” commented Peterson. “They ran a very, very good 1-2-2 three-quarter court press and we struggled to run our press breaker rather than pushing the ball up the court ourself.”
In the final two minutes of the half, the Panthers generated a bit of momentum to take into the break, scoring seven of the final nine points in the half to cut the lead to 43-34.
The momentum was short lived as the Rams opened the second half with a demoralizing 24-5 run, extending the lead to 67-39 with 19 coming from the Borowicz sisters. Of Roseau’s 82 points, the two combined for 50 points. Kiley finishing the game with a quadruple-double, registering 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
Leaning on the shoulders of Marnie Wagner and Schoenrock, NRHEG mounted an 18-2 run late in the second half to cut the lead to 75-61. The two heroes of the Section 2-AA title game finished the contest with 16 and 22 points respectively to lead the Panthers. Peterson noted that despite the struggles, having flashes of good basketball is big heading into the consolation round.
“Obviously, the outcome tonight wasn’t what we would’ve like to see, but we’re going to come through in the consolation bracket,” she added.
In the final five minutes of the game, Roseau opted to slow down the game.
Rather than attacking the basket, the Rams cycled the ball, stretching possessions in the offensive zone to nearly 45 seconds on each visit. In fact, the two teams would combine for nine points in the final three minutes of the game.
The Panthers will play fifth-seeded Esko Thursday at Concordia University. Tip-off set for 6 p.m.