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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 Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 10

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Liberty Park, Sedalia

Thursday, July 31

G1 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Lee’s Summit Post 189 Aux. Outlaws, 4 p.m.

G2 Joplin Miners vs. Festus Post 253, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1

G3 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m.

G5 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

G6 Championship — G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.

G7 If-needed game — G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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