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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 11:02 pm, Fri Feb 15, 2013.

It couldn’t have been a better ending.

Facing longtime rival St. Dominic, the Borgia Lady Knights dominated their guests from O’Fallon Wednesday to claim the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division championship, 42-24.

“We are delighted to win the AAA conference championship,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said. “It was one of the goals we talked about at the beginning of the season.”

Borgia finished the regular season with an 18-6 overall record, 7-1 in the AAA Large Division.

“This is our first year in the AAA Conference, so this is a great way to start,” Parsell said.

The Lady Knights earned a share of the league title Tuesday with a 64-44 win over Bishop DuBourg.

Borgia concluded the league slate with just one loss, a home setback against Duchesne. The Lady Knights won at Duchesne while also sweeping St. Dominic, DuBourg and Rosati-Kain during the campaign.

Borgia’s next action is Tuesday, Feb. 26, when the Lady Knights take on St. Clair in the opening round of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament in Pacific.

Borgia is seeded third and St. Clair is seeded sixth. The Lady Knights are the defending district champion.

St. Dominic

During the last home game of the season, it was a celebration before the Lady Knights ever even touched the ball.

“We celebrated senior night and it is nice to recognize the contribution of these players to the Lady Knights program,” Parsell said. “Katie Lindemann, Morgan Spradling and Madison Wehking have all been instrumental to our success this season and for the past seasons.”

Once the game started, Borgia proved to be a stingy host, allowing just four points in the first quarter. Offensively, the Lady Knights jumped out to a huge lead with 17 points in the first eight minutes of action.

Both teams slowed down in the second quarter and Borgia took a 21-9 lead to the intermission.

Borgia led 29-15 after three quarters.

On the evening, the Arand sisters paced the team with 24 combined points. They also had ripped St. Dominic in O’Fallon during the previous meeting.

Sophomore Molly Arand led the team with 13 points while hitting two three-point baskets and adding four steals, three rebounds and an assist.

Junior Janie Arand netted 11 points while hitting one three-point basket and going 4-4 from the free-throw line. She also had an assist.

Lindemann was the top scoring senior on the night, concluding with 11 points and five rebounds.

Junior Emily Grahl scored five points with four assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Freshman Megan Jenson scored two points while controlling the boards with 11 rebounds. She also had one assist and a blocked shot.

Others playing were seniors Spradling (two rebounds and a steal), Wehking (one rebound), juniors Baylee Godat and Alexis Sine and sophomore Cassandra Halsted.

“I am excited to see that we are getting a lot of balance in our offense,” Parsell said. “Molly Arand and Emily Grahl have been able to contribute more to our scoring. We don’t have to rely on Janie Arand scoring 20 points each night. This balanced approach will give us more of a chance to compete in the postseason. We have also picked up our defense.”

Bishop DuBourg

“Playing another conference opponent and getting closer to being able to call ourselves conference champion is the goal,” Parsell said. “However we have to do that against a decent Bishop DuBourg team, we’ll take it.”

On Tuesday, Borgia overcame a shaky start to roll in the second half on the way to a 64-44 win over Bishop DuBourg.

“Defensively, we could not play good enough to shut them down,” Parsell said. “Finally, in the third and fourth quarters we took care of it and prevented them from scoring 50-plus points. We were on pace to give up 60, so it was a much better effort in the second half.”

The Lady Knights trailed after one quarter, 14-13, and held a slim 30-26 advantage at the half.

But Borgia exploded offensively in the third quarter, scoring 23 points to 10 for DuBourg.

“We talked about how we are a better defensive team than this and that our effort has to be better on both ends of the floor,” Parsell said about the halftime talk. “We know that the first three minutes of the second half is a really important time for us. We want the other team to have to call a timeout because of a run to start the half. That’s something we always talk about.”

The Lady Knights continued to roll in the fourth quarter, ending the game with a 20-point victory.

Offensively, Borgia’s game plan was to push the ball inside to Lindemann and she produced with 24 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

“The last time we played Bishop DuBourg, she had a big game,” said Parsell. “We knew that’s something we can depend on her to do.”

Also reaching double digits in scoring was Grahl with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal.

The Arand sisters scored eight points apiece.

Molly Arand also had two rebounds, two steals and an assist.

“Molly came out and played better in the second and third quarters and gave us some offense as well,” Parsell said.

Janie Arand closed with five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Godat scored five points with two steals and hit one of the team’s two three-point baskets on the night. Grahl hit the other.

Halsted had four points, eight rebounds and a steal.

Spradling scored two points with two rebounds.

Wehking had two points with four rebounds.

Jensen had two rebounds and a steal.

Sine also played.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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