Ellie Colbeck dominated both ends of the floor for Fergus Falls, as the Otters ran away from Roseau for an 89-59 victory in the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 girls basketball semifinals on Wednesday at Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium.
Colbeck scored a game-high 37 points with nine 3-pointers and contained one of the state’s best players, Katie Borowicz, on the defensive end.
“I got quite a few 3s, which is nice, because the last few games I’ve been struggling there,” Colbeck said. “It’s nice to have teammates who can get me open like that.”
Colbeck made five of her 3s in the first half to help the Otters jump out to a 43-27 halftime lead. Meanwhile, Borowicz managed just six points before the break with Colbeck holding her down. The Otters gave their standout sophomore guard help on Borowicz early on, but Colbeck proved capable of holding her own. Borowicz, a junior with an offer to play college ball at the University of Minnesota, finished with 18 points, but most of them came with the game far out of reach.
“My teammates helped me out a lot, (Borowicz) got by quite a few times, but they were always there for help,” Colbeck said. “Just communicating, if there was a screen, my teammates would let me know it was coming and just try to focus on staying where she was to contain her.”
The Otters matched their highest scoring game of the season in their biggest game to date. They also put up 89 against Class 3A foe Rocori on Feb. 4. It is their second straight 80-plus point effort after putting up 82 in the quarterfinals. They’ll hope to duplicate the output in the section championship against undefeated Pelican Rapids in a matchup between the No. 3 (FF) and No. 5 (PR) teams in the final statewide poll.
“It’s huge to find your best game in March, that’s really what you want,” Colbeck said. “We don’t want to keep this in our heads and let us get a big head, but we want to keep this energy going into the next game because it’s a big game that matters the most. We’ve been focusing on that one.”
Fergus Falls ran away on a 12-0 run to build a 33-17 in the first eight minutes. Colbeck made two 3s in the run, while Anna Anderson, Gretchen Davis, Tori Ratz and Paige Peterson also scored.
The Otters kept it up in the second half, putting together runs of 8-0 and 11-2 as they added to the lead.
Ratz finished with 13 points, while Sabrina Fronning scored 13, Anderson scored seven, and Meis scored seven. All of Anderson’s points came in the first half, while all of Meis’ came in the second.
“We really came out strong and kept that energy going throughout the game,” Colbeck said. “Everybody was bringing it. Everybody was making big shots and making big passes. Everything went well for us tonight.”
Fergus Falls: Fronning 13, Colbeck 37, Davis 6, Ratz 14, Pearson 5, Anderson 7, Meis 7.
Roseau: Mooney 4, Braaten 17, Borowicz 18, Bender 16, Severson 4.
Half: Fergus Falls 43, Roseau 27