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Rams storm back to advance at state

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Roseau's Bria Dale, right, and Julia Braaten watch the final seconds during Wednesday's Class AA quarterfinal game against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Williams Arena. Roseau won 62-56. Craig Lassig2 / 2

Roseau remains in the hunt to defend its title in the Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball tournament.

The Rams pulled off a comeback win Wednesday night in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at Williams Arena, defeating Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 62-56.

The Rams, the No. 3 seed, improved to 25-5 and advance to Friday's semifinal round where they will play No. 2 seed Maranatha Academy.


Tracy-Milroy-Balaton led by 14 points with just over 13 minutes to play before the Rams stormed back with an 18-4 run to tie the game at 45-45 with just over nine minutes to play.

It was the first tie since the 7:26 mark of the first half (21-21) as TMB had control of the early minutes as well, scoring the game's first eight points and holding an early nine point lead at 11-2.

After forcing the 45-45 tie, the Panthers were able to gain a five-point cushion, only to see Roseau score the next five to tie the game at 50 before eventually climbing ahead 53-52 on a Mya Hough jumper at 4:33.

The game was tied at 53-53 before Roseau went on a 6-0 run, receiving baskets from Katie Borowicz, Emma Waling and McKayla Christianson.

Kacie Borowicz finished with 15 points and six rebounds while her younger sister, freshman Katie Borowicz, had a team-high 17 points while adding six rebounds, six steals and five assists. The Rams were led on the interior by 6-2 senior forward Victoria Johnson, who scored eight points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton dropped to 29-3.

Bergman’s Mainstreeters advance to AA semis

Frazee graduate and head coach Scott Bergman’s Sauk Centre girls basketball team advanced to the Class AA semifinals with a 67-61 victory over Byron at Target Center.

The top-ranked, undefeated Mainstreeters (31-0) were runners-up in 2017 and have made a state appearance in eight of the last nine seasons.

Byron got a touch matchup making the school’s first state appearance.

Sauk Centre used a 21-2 run early in the second half after trailing 34-25 at the break.

Byron closed to within four points 64-59 late in the game, but the Mainstreeters closed the victory out from the free throw line.

Maesyn Theisen led Sauk Centre scoring 24 points.

Ayoka Lee led Byron with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds.

No. 1 Sauk Centre faces No. 5 Norwood-Young America (22-7) in the semifinals.

BY 34 27 - 61

SC 25 32 - 67

BY-Courtney Connelly 12, Erika Smith 8, Josie Bisgard 3, Lexi Glynn 5, Hailey Braaten 7, Ayoka Lee 26.

SC-Maesyn Thiesen 24, Kelsey Peschel 18, Tori Peschel 13, Julia Dammann 6, Kenzie Schmiesing 6.

TMB 30 26 - 56

ROS 25 37 - 62

TMB-Evelyn Dolan 16, Kaylee Kirk 16, Sydney Lanoue 13, Sidney Karbo 6, Alecia Christian 3, Cassidy Smith 2.

ROS-Katie Borowicz 17, Kacie Borowicz 15, Mya Hough 8, Victoria Johnson 8, Julia Braaten 6, McKayla Christianson 6, Emma Waling 2.

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