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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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