Strong second half leads Caledonia into Class 1A championship game

March 15, 2019 09:17 PM

Caledonia used a second-half blitz to record a 65-55 victory over top-seeded Roseau in the Class AA semifinals of the girls basketball state tournament on Friday, March 15 at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

The Warriors (25-4) erased an eight-point halftime deficit with a 40-22 surge in the second half to make its way into the Class AA championship game for the first time since winning the crown in 2009. Caledonia, making its seventh state tournament appearance, was the Class AA runner-up in 1998. 



Senior guard Heidi Boldaun scored 24 points to lead four Warriors in double figures. She scored 13 of her points in the second half, including four free throws in the final seconds to secure the victory. Senior guard Katie Tornstrom added 13 points and was a major force in the low post with 12 rebounds, including 10 on the defensive end. Senior guard Ashley Schroeder has 12 points and eight rebounds while senior guard Kaitlin Conniff chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds. 

Roseau (29-2) was attempting to earn a berth in the Class AA championship game for the third consecutive season. The Rams were the Class AA champs in 2017 and the runner-up during the 2018 tournament. Senior guard Kacie Borowicz sparked the Rams throughout with 28 points and eight rebounds. Younger sister, Katie Borowicz, a sophomore guard, had nine points, as did sophomore forward Julia Braaten. 

Roseau built a 33-25 lead at the halftime break behind 16 points from Kacie Borowicz, who made 7 of 13 shots form the field, including 2 of 3 three-pointers. She also contributed five rebounds. Katie Borowicz was a baseline-to-baseline playmaker with nine points, three assists and three rebounds. The Rams built its largest lead of eight points with 4:15 left in the first half and maintained it at the end of the first 18 minutes of play. 

Senior guard Heidi Boldaun paced the Warriors with 11 points and senior guard Katie Tornstrom added seven points. Chilly shooting (6 of 26 from the field, 23.1 percent) contributed to the Warriors not being able to catch the Rams on the scoreboard in the first half. 

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