Roseau's Kacie Borowicz (11) hits a three point shot while covered by Sauk Centre's Maesyn Thiesen (23) during the second half of Sauk Centre's 63-52 win over Roseau in the 2A girls' basketball state championships Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Target Cent
2A STORY LINES
1. Rams have familiar look
No. 2-ranked and top-seeded Roseau is making its fifth consecutive state tournament appearance and, per usual, has a Borowicz or two leading the way. Kacie, a senior guard, is the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 3,400 career points. She is averaging 27.1 points per game. Katie, a sophomore, is adding 20.4 points per game. Older sister Kiley graduated in 2017 and scored over 3,000 career points. This year’s squad is averaging 78.8 points per game.
2. Defense at the forefront
If you prefer to see offense, take in the quarterfinal matchup between Roseau and Redwood Valley. Points will be at a premium in other three quarterfinal games. None of those six teams even allow 50 points per game. Holy Family is the stingiest of the group at 42 points per game. The Fire, Caledonia and Albany didn’t even allow their opposition to reach 40 points in the section finals.
3. St. Peter embraces underdog role
There are only four ranked teams in the field — Roseau, No. 4 Minnehaha Academy, No. 5 Holy Family and No. 9 Caledonia — but that doesn’t keep the Saints from being an underdog. They were the fourth seed in the south subsection of the Section 2 tournament. Coach Bob Southworth’s squad was 4-8 at the midway point of the season, and on a five-game losing skid. It has since won 12 of 14 games.