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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, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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