For a quarter, it was a game.
But Helias outscored Borgia over the final three quarters, 46-30 to win the third-place game of the Borgia Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday, 62-46.
Borgia (13-6) matched the Lady Crusaders during the first quarter in a replay of the 2012 championship contest.
But Borgia couldn’t continue that pace. Helias led 32-27 at the half and 46-36 after three quarters.
“It was a great tournament,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said. “Helias shot very well making six threes. We could not match them shot for shot. Helias has many ways they can score and our defense could not stop all of them.”
The Lady Crusaders were led in scoring by senior Taylor Hagenhoff, who scored 19 points in the contest while hitting two three-point baskets.
Senior Bre Zanders ended the game with 16 points.
Both Hagenhoff and Zanders were named to the all-tournament team.
The breakthrough player of the game was junior Kelsi Bernskoetter, who scored 14 points with four three-point shots.
Senior Emma Verslues scored eight points while senior Hillary Hentges netted four points and junior Meghan Nappier added one.
Borgia was led by its two all-tournament selections.
Junior Janie Arand scored 15 points with six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Senior Katie Lindemann scored 14 points while adding five rebounds.
Also for Borgia, sophomore Cassandra Halsted scored nine points with seven rebounds and a steal.
Junior Emily Grahl netted six points with two assists, two steals and a rebound.
Sophomore Molly Arand closed with two points and one assist.
Also playing were seniors Morgan Spradling and Madison Wehking, juniors Baylee Godat and Alexis Sine and freshman Megan Jensen.
“We don’t have too much time to dwell on this though,” Parsell said. “We’ve got three tough road games this week. We know this is preparing us for district play.”
Borgia played at St. Dominic Monday in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division action and visits Duchesne Wednesday for AAA competition. The game at Duchesne starts with junior varsity action at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Borgia returns to St. Dominic for the Archdiocesan Athletic Association in the Showcase game against St. Charles Lutheran. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.