March 17, 2018 05:04 PM
Sauk Centre finally secured a girls basketball championship that had eluded them in three previous tries. The Mainstreeters captured the program’s first championship following a 63-52 victory over Roseau in the Class AA championship game on Saturday, March 17 at Target Center.
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It was the first championship for the top-seeded Mainstreeters (33-0) in four title-game appearances. Sauk Centre was the Class AA runner-up in 2012, 2015, and in 2017 to Roseau. In the 2017 Class AA championship game, Roseau recorded a 75-64 victory over Sauk Centre for its first championship.
Sauk Centre built a 12-point lead at the half, but then had to survive a ferocious rally by the Rams (26-6) in the second half before pulling away with seven free throws in the final 1 minute, 15 seconds of play.
Sophomore guard Tori Peschel scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Mainstreeters. Senior guard Kelsey Peschel also had 18 points. Senior guard Maesyn Thiesen had 17 points, including a key three-pointer that gave Sauk Centre a 55-43 lead in the midst of a Roseau surge.
The Rams had pulled to within 55-52 on a three-pointer by junior forward Emma Waling with 2:01 remaining before fouls and free throws followed in an attempt for Roseau to climb closer.
Junior guard Kacie Borowicz paced the Rams with 15 points, 12 rebounds and two assists before fouling out. Katie Borowicz, a freshman guard, had 10 points and seven assists.
Minnesota State High School League
Updated: March 17, 2018 05:04 PM
Created: March 17, 2018 04:35 PM
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