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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:20 pm

Hitting free throws down the stretch helped the Borgia basketball Lady Knights advance past Helias Monday in the Union Tournament opener, 53-42.

“This has to be one of the best tournaments we’ll play in all year,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said. “When the fourth and fifth seeds have beaten the first and second seeds, you know it’s a good tournament. It’s always a great game matchup when we play Helias. We’ve got a lot of history between our teams.”

The Lady Knights (8-1, 2-0) were just 7-15 from the free-throw line going into the fourth quarter of the game. But fourth-seeded Borgia sank nine of 10 attempts in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

The Lady Knights will face top seed Eureka Thursday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. Eureka defeated Madison Prep Monday, 88-7.

Borgia also defeated Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division foe Rosati-Kain on the road Friday, 53-29.

Helias

For the second game in a row, Borgia used a fast start to power past an opponent.

Borgia led Helias (8-3) by a 12-6 margin after one quarter and was up 29-13 at the half.

But that’s where things changed. Helias came out on fire in the third quarter and went on an 18-5 run to start the second half. That cut Borgia’s lead down to 34-31 with 1:54 left in the third quarter.

“We played an excellent first half, but then gave up 20 points in the third quarter,” Parsell said. “We knew Helias was going to come back. We were able to hold the lead and keep our composure just enough.”

With Borgia needing something to turn the tide, junior Molly Arand hit a three-point basket and her sister, senior Janie Arand, added a free throw. Borgia led by five going into the final quarter, 39-33.

In the final eight minutes, the Lady Knights showed patience in attacking the basket.

Senior Emily Grahl started the quarter with a free throw and a basket off a steal. With four minutes remaining, Borgia’s lead was up to six points, 43-37.

Continuing to hold onto the ball, the Lady Knights forced Helias to start fouling to regain possessions. Borgia was put into the bonus with 1:47 to play and didn’t miss an attempt through the rest of the game.

“We did a good job of killing the clock in the last quarter,” Parsell said. “We made sure we controlled the game at the end. We showed a lot of patience.”

Borgia hit eight free throws in a row to push its lead to 53-40. Helias scored the final basket to cut the gap to 11 points.

“We talked about having to make free throws to win the game,” Parsell said. “We shoot a lot of free throws in practice. You’ve got to make them in a pressure situation like that.”

Molly Arand was Borgia’s leading scorer in the game with 13 points. She hit three three-point baskets, including two in the first quarter, as Borgia jumped ahead.

“Molly Arand came out and hit two big threes in the first quarter and set the tone,” Parsell said.

Sophomore Kaylee Heggemann came off the bench to score 12 points.

“Kaylee came in and had a huge game as well,” Parsell said. “We’ve come to expect that from her.”

Sophomore Megan Jensen hit double digits with 10 points.

Senior Janie Arand, the focus of the Helias defense, scored seven points while filling roles of defender, rebounder and ball distributor.

“We knew they were going to try and take Janie Arand out of the game and we needed other players to step up,” Parsell said. “With Molly and Kaylee taking over the scoring Janie would normally handle alone, it was a win we could handle.”

Grahl, who proved to be a major problem for Helias guards, netted seven points with a number of steals.

“They had a couple of new subs come in and we knew that’s when we really wanted to put the pressure on them,” Parsell said. “Having Kaylee at the top of the press makes it long and hard for them to see around her. We were able to get a couple of steals, get to the free-throw line and seal the game.”

Junior Cassandra Halsted added four points.

For the game, Borgia had 14 two-point baskets, three three-point shots and went 16-25 from the free-throw line.

Helias was led by Meghan Nappier, who scored 14 points.

Maitlyn Nienhueser was next with eight points.

Kelsi Bernskoetter hit two three-point baskets for her six points. Also scoring six was Darcy Baird.

Kaysie Scheuler scored four points while Katlyn Cowell and Emma Wyrick scored two points apiece.

Rosati-Kain

Jumping out to a huge early lead, Borgia ran to its second AAA Large Division victory Friday night in St. Louis.

The Lady Knights scored 36 points in the first half, taking a huge lead through the first half.

“We played the tempo we wanted to play,” Parsell said.

Borgia led 21-10 after one quarter and 36-13 at the half.

Borgia held a 49-19 advantage after three quarters.

“We were able to get a balanced scoring attack,” said Parsell. “I really like the effort we gave. We have done a great job of dictating the tempo.”

Jensen led the way with 14 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

Janie Arand netted 12 points while going 8-8 from the free-throw line. She added six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Grahl scored 10 points with seven rebounds, six steals and five assists.

Halsted scored six points while leading the team in rebounding with 11. She also had one assist.

Molly Arand netted five points while adding three rebounds three steals and one assist.

Heggemann scored four points and also had three rebounds and one steal.

Stapel scored two points while adding one rebound and one steal.

Junior Josie Krawitz ended with one rebound and junior Holly Swartz had two rebounds.

Chelsea Borders and Shannon Theobald each scored eight points for the Kougars. Danielle Goodman added five points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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