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Class 2A girls' basketball state tournament: Three story lines

By Star Tribune, 03/15/16, 11:20PM CDT


What to watch as Class 2A teams get started Wednesday.

Kiley Borowicz (44) of Roseau was defended by Bailey Mudek (13) of Esko in the first half. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com, March 18, 2015, Minneapolis, Minn., 2015, Mariucci Arena, High School / Prep Girls Basketball, Class 2A quarter

1. Almost all-new matchup

No. 1 seed and top-ranked Plainview-Elgin-Millville (28-1) is making its first state tournament appearance under this name. Elgin-Millville made six previous trips and won the Class 1A championship in 2005. Senior guards Sarah Hart, who has signed with Division I St. Bonaventure, and Tessa Hubbard (Wisconsin-River Falls) lead a deep Bulldogs team. Meanwhile, Holy Family is making its tournament debut. The Fire (18-11) went undefeated against Class 2A competition.

2. All in the family

No team fills the basket like Roseau, the highest-scoring team in Class 2A (81.6 points per game). Leading the charge is junior guard Kiley Borowicz (26.4 points per game) and her younger sister Kacie (16.6), a freshman guard. Kiley went over 2,000 career points earlier this season. Four days later, Kacie scored her 1,000th. Katie Borowicz, a seventh-grader, chips in with an average of 4.9 points per game. The Rams generate steals from their press, score in transition and move the ball well.

3. Coaching comparisons

Minnehaha Academy coach Josh Thurow, who reached his ninth state tournament in 12 years, recently earned career victory No. 250. His counterpart in the quarterfinals, New London-Spicer coach Mike Dreier, is the career leader in coaching victories in Minnesota girls’ basketball. He built a record of 863-159 in 38 years, all at New London-Spicer. This is Dreier’s 16th trip to state. The Wildcats won Class 2A championships in 1997 and 2002.


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