Sauk Centre wins again; face Roseau for state title

Maesyn Thiesen, Alyssa Kohorst, Kelsey Peschel and Tori Peschel get ready to charge the floor as the final seconds tick off in their Class AA semifinal 58-41 win over Watertown-Mayer. The Streeters play Roseau for the state title at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sauk Centre wins again
Face Roseau for state title
By Mark Klaphake

The Class AA state championship will be a rematch of the two teams that battled for third place last year.
The Sauk Centre Girls Basketball advanced to the championship and will play Roseau after the Streeters rolled past Watertown-Mayer 58-41 in the Class AA semifinals at Williams Arena Friday night.
The 31-1 Streeters will take on the undefeated 32-0 Roseau Rams in a much anticipated game at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Williams Arena.
“This is the team we wanted to play because we knew if we played them this year it would probably be in the championship because we knew they were that good and they were going to get there and that’s where we wanted to be too. We’re thrilled to be in the championship game,” said Sauk Centre Head Coach Scott Bergman.
Roseau is led by Borowicz sisters, Kacie, Katie and Kiley Borowicz. Kiley has over 2,000 points in her high school career and scored 41 in their semifinal win over New London-Spicer.
“She’s an outstanding player. You’re not going to stop her, you just have to try to make her work for everything she gets,” Bergman.
It’s the third time in seven years that the Streeters have made the championship.
“It’s crazy. That’s who we wanted to play in this game so we are happy we are back here playing them,” added Maesyn Thiesen.
The Streeters reached the finals with another overwhelming defensive effort, this time in slowing down the Royal trio of Kirstin Klitzke, Claire Killian and Monika Czinano who game into the game averaging just shy of 50 points. Sauk Centre’s stifling defense held the dominant trio to just 27 points.
“We asked Maesyn and Kelsey to just to take care of their two guards and we needed to double team 25 (Monica Czinano) when she was in the post. That was our strategy, try to keep her off the boards because she is such a good player. To hold her to one offensive rebound is an outstanding effort by Alyssa Kohorst,” Bergman said.
Playing their typical in your face man-to-man defense helped the Streeters hold the Royals to just 14-59 shooting including 3-20 from the three-point line. Sauk Centre had a 44-40 rebounding edge.
“I just like our mental toughness. We talk a lot about the 50/50 plays and we need to get those. I love how this team gets the 50/50 plays,” Bergman said.
Sauk Centre trailed 9-4 early, but then rattled off eight straight points to take a 12-9 lead.
“We just kind of wear on people a little bit. We hope our defensive pressure eventually gets to teams. I think it did a little bit tonight as well,” Bergman said.
They would never trail again in the game. They led by eight at halftime, 30-22. It was much of the same in the second half. Tori Peschel had a three-pointer and two free-throws and Thiesen buried a three and Sauk Centre was ahead 50-34 just over half way into the second half.
Offensively, freshman Tori Peschel was fabulous for Sauk Centre. She was a force down low for Sauk Centre on both ends of the court. She had 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Jill Klaphake added 14 points and seven rebounds and Maesyn Thiesn had 11 points and eight rebounds.
SC 30 28 58
WM 22 19 41
SC scoring: Kelsey Peschel 9, Klaphake 14 (7 rebounds), Tori Peschel 20 (13 rebounds, 3 blocks), Thiesen 11 (8 rebounds), Alyssa Kohorst 4 (3 rebounds). Team totals: FG SC 17-48, FT 17-27, PF 11. W-M: FG 14-59, FT 10-14, PF 20.


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