It was just what Stacia Houlihan wanted.
The Borgia girls basketball head coach was able to play her entire lineup Saturday as the third-seeded Lady Knights rolled to a 59-23 win over Parkway West Saturday in the opening round of the Class 4 District 6 Tournament in Union.
“That’s what we’re trying to do at this point of the season,” Houlihan said. “We know we have a big week ahead of us and this is what we’ve prepared to do. We knew coming into this that we really worked against a triangle and two and worked on getting other players involved in the scoring other than Cassidy Moss and Grace Gettemeier. We got to see that today.”
Borgia (15-11) moved on to meet second-seeded St. Clair in the semifinals Monday night. Parkway West, the sixth seed, ended 6-16.
“We’re in a quick turnaround here with a game on Monday,” Houlihan said. “We knew it would be a good idea to get some kids off the floor. We’re playing well and we don’t want to have any bumps in the road.”
Borgia went on a 10-point run midway through the first quarter to jump on top for good. It was 19-8 after one quarter, 32-12 at the half and 53-16 after three quarters.
The cushion allowed Houlihan to play her entire lineup and get many players extended playing time as it was playing for the third time in four days.
A pair of young players tied for the scoring lead. Freshman Avery Lackey and sophomore Julia Struckhoff each scored 14 points for the contest.
Lackey hit a three-point basket and also had five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
Struckhoff knocked down a pair of three-point shots and also had four assists and three rebounds.
“Julia really stepped up today,” Houlihan said.
Five different Borgia players hit three-point baskets in the game and Struckhoff was the only one to have more than one.
Borgia also went 11-14 from the free-throw line.
Moss, Borgia’s lone senior, scored nine points with a three-point basket. She was 4-4 from the free-throw stripe and added five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Juniors Gettemeier and Dani Kimminau scored five points apiece. Gettemeier, who is recovering from a slight injury, hit a three-point basket and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Kimminau scored three of her five points early in the game. She also had five rebounds and two steals.
Junior Lynnae Grus had four points, four rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal.
Junior Anya Castelli scored four points with two assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Sophomore Hannah Herbst hit a three-point basket and added a steal.
Junior Britney Harriman added a point, an assist and a rebound.
“Dani, Lynnae and a plethora of other kids were able to step up and get the job done today,” Houlihan said.
Junior Kara Swihart and sophomore Molly Wright tied for the Parkway West scoring lead with six points apiece.
Swihart added five rebounds. Wright had two rebounds.
Sophomore Tia Reed came off the bench to score five points. She also had two rebounds and a blocked shot.
Junior Tess Allgaier and Grace Carmichael scored three points apiece. Allgaier also had two assists, two steals and a rebound. Carmichael added two rebounds and a steal.
Bella Allgaier added two steals and a rebound. Junior Harmouhany Faulkner recorded two steals and a rebound.
Freshman Abbey Thompson had two assists and two rebounds.
Layne Bierk and Caroline Briscoe each had one rebound.
Parkway West hit three three-point baskets and went 2-11 from the free-throw line.