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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:00 pm

Only a sophomore in her first full season on the varsity, Borgia’s Megan Jensen played like a seasoned veteran Thursday night.

Jensen netted 31 points and added nine rebounds, three blocked shots, one assist and one steal as top-seeded Borgia (24-2) moved past fourth-seeded Pacific (14-13) in the Class 4 District 9 semifinals at Borgia, 67-41.

“We knew that Pacific was going to have to run some sort of offense to take Janie (Arand) out of the game. We worked on that all week. It’s nice that Megan could step up and more than fill that.”

Pacific Head Coach Josh Spuhl said Jensen was the difference.

“We let Jensen do whatever she wanted,” Spuhl said. “We didn’t guard on the inside and we didn’t want to block out. We couldn’t stop her. She’s a big, strong kid and nobody stepped up.”

Borgia will play second-seeded Sullivan (22-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. for the championship.

“We’re excited to play for a district championship on Saturday,” Parsell said. “It’s what we’ve talked about all season long. We’ve met these challenges, won a couple of tournaments and have a long winning streak at this point. We know it’s going to be a tough game on Saturday.”

It will be the second meeting of the season between the teams. Borgia defeated the Lady Eagles in the championship game of the Peoples Bank Holiday Classic in Sullivan Dec. 20, 48-31.

“It’s going to be a hard matchup,” Parsell said. “We’ve got to take care of what we’ve been doing. We feel we’ve improved throughout the season, but they have, too.”

Jensen proved to be a huge difference in the game for Borgia. She scored 11 of the team’s 16 points in the first quarter and had 21 of the 34 points scored in the first half.

“Having 21 points in the first half is a monster half for anyone,” Parsell said. “That means they’re going to have to make an adjustment. That means it leaves Molly Arand and Janie to get some shots off.”

Spuhl feels Jensen has a bright future.

“She’s going to be a good kid to watch over the next couple of years,” Spuhl said.

After Jensen, Borgia got 12 points, one assist, one rebound and one steal from Janie Arand, a senior. She sat out much of the first half after picking up two fouls in the first quarter.

“We had Janie on the bench with two fouls in the first quarter,” Parsell said. “It was nice to see the rest of the team respond in such a positive way that we actually went into the half with a double-digit lead. It was a great thing knowing we would get her back on the court in the third quarter.”

Foul trouble made Parsell have to work around some issues in during the first half. Arand, senior Emily Grahl and sophomore Kaylee Heggemann all had two fouls fairly early in the contest.

“Emily and Kaylee played smart enough to not pick up their third fouls in the first half,” Parsell said.

“We felt pretty good when they had to take Janie out,” Spuhl said.

Heggemann ended the game with six points, six rebounds and one steal. Grahl posted five points with nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals.

Junior Molly Arand also scored six points with three steals, two rebounds and an assist.

Junior Cassandra Halsted added four points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“Cassandra did a great job tonight, too, finding Megan when she needed to,” Parsell said.

Junior Josie Krawitz scored two points and sophomore Allison Stapel added one point.

Pacific was paced by senior Kya Hill, who scored 11 points.

Senior Ashley Hill ended with 10 points.

Junior Meagan Wakefield hit a trio of three-point baskets for her nine points.

Ending with two points apiece were senior Hunter Kelemen and freshman Devon Fleming, Kyndra Morgan.

Pacific graduates five players, Kya Hill, Ashley Hill, Kelemen, Katy Brown and Amber Zurliene. All five seniors played in the game.

“Everybody goes hard,” Spuhl said. “We just make too many mistakes. I’m going to miss this group of seniors. They’re a very close group. I’ve been working with them since before middle school, so it’s definitely a tough group to lose.”

Borgia took the lead 43 seconds into the game, getting a basket from Jensen. She was fouled and converted on the three-point play.

Pacific took the lead when Kya Hill converted a three-point play with 3:28 to go in the half, 7-5. However, Borgia went on an 11-point run to end the quarter with a 16-7 lead, and then continued the run with the first six points of the second quarter.

Borgia led 34-19 at the intermission and 56-28 after three quarters.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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