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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 6:00 pm

She was the smallest player on the court.

But Borgia senior Emily Grahl made the biggest impact Thursday night as the host Lady Knights defeated St. Clair, 63-42.

Grahl led Borgia (6-1) with 24 points and added six steals, four assists and three rebounds.

“They didn’t have an answer for Emily Grahl,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said. “Emily was the best player on the court tonight at times.”

At times, St. Clair couldn’t handle Grahl’s quickness or speed. She frequently turned steals into baskets. When she spotted teammates in better position, she didn’t hesitate to get the ball to them for scoring chances.

“Emily stepped up and filled her (Janie Arand’s) role scoring wise,” St. Clair Head Coach Jena Carroll said. “It was a risk we took.”

Parsell complimented the Lady Bulldogs as well.

“Both teams played really hard tonight,” Parsell said. “The effort on both sides was good. St. Clair came in and played hard and aggressively. I thought we held our composure and did what we needed to do to win the game.”

Carroll credited her team for continuing to push, no matter how big the Borgia lead became.

“No matter what the score is, we don’t lose the fight,” Carroll said. “We always tend to play the same way, really aggressive. I can’t fault my kids tonight. The effort was there.”

Parsell said it was a quality win to beat a team from the Four Rivers Conference, who also is a district rival.

“This was a really good win for us against a Four Rivers Conference team,” Parsell said. “We know those are always tough games.”

St. Clair (4-6) concentrated its defensive efforts on slowing down Borgia senior Janie Arand and the Lady Bulldogs were able to do that for much of the night. Arand still managed 13 points (7-8 from the free-throw line) to go with five rebounds, three steals and one assist.

“We knew they were going to try to take Janie out of the game, and they did a good job of that,” Parsell said. “She did a great job on the defensive boards. She posted up when we asked her to do that. She did all of the right things.”

Carroll said St. Clair knows about Arand’s abilities.

“We have a lot of respect for her as a player,” Carroll said. “Obviously, it was a key to take her offensively out of the game and make her work extra hard. She’s just as good defensively. We were hoping to wear her out.”

Also hitting double digits for Borgia was sophomore Megan Jensen, who recorded a double-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

“Megan Jensen had a really great game,” Parsell said. “She is just a workhorse for us.”

Also scoring for Borgia were junior Molly Arand (five points and two rebounds), junior Cassandra Halsted (four points, three rebounds and two steals) and sophomore Kaylee Heggemann (four points, three rebounds and one steal).

St. Clair was paced by senior Alicia York, who scored 12 points.

From there, the Lady Bulldogs had balanced scoring with seven others getting into the book.

Senior Sam Deason and sophomore Katelyn Guehne each scored seven points.

Junior Emily Presley, who defended Janie Arand for much of the game, scored five points.

Junior Allison Hinson and freshman Kelsey Wachter each netted four points.

Senior Karissa Hoffman scored three points and junior Halley Cokley ended with two points.

St. Clair scored first in the game with Hinson hitting a basket and both teams came out shooting hot.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled at times with Borgia’s pressure and Grahl forced a number of turnovers at different times. The first stretch came in the opening quarter. Despite that, St. Clair fought back and Borgia’s lead was one point through eight minutes, 13-12.

Up 15-14, the Lady Knights went on an 11-2 run through the middle part of the second quarter. That included two baskets and chances for free throws as well as more baskets off steals.

“We had a good game plan tonight,” Carroll said. “The kids stuck with it really well. The second quarter got out of hand. We got into some foul trouble. They got to the line really well. They rarely miss free throws, so they were able to build a lead on our silly fouls. They stood up and hit some big free throws to build that lead at the half.”

Borgia went 20-25 from the free-throw line for the game. St. Clair hit seven of 11 attempts.

After one final Grahl basket off a steal, the Lady Knights took a 34-23 advantage to the locker room at the intermission.

Borgia’s 11-point edge proved to be what it needed to hold the Lady Bulldogs at bay in the third quarter. Guehne’s basket at the buzzer cut Borgia’s advantage to 45-31 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, St. Clair started to turn to its outside shooters a little more often and Cokley and York both came through with threes.

However, Borgia went on a 12-1 run down the stretch to seal the game. Presley scored the game’s final basket, but the verdict had been concluded well before that.

“We have a conference game at Rosati-Kain Friday and these games will do a good job to prepare us for the Union Tournament next week,” Parsell said.

“We’ve been off for about a week, so it was nice to get another game in,” Carroll said.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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