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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 4:15 pm

ROLLA —  For most of the 32 minutes, Borgia dominated play in Wednesday’s MSHSAA Class 4 sectional girls basketball game.

But the Marshfield Lady Jays (24-5) grabbed a lead with 36.5 seconds to play and held on to defeat the Lady Knights (25-3), 53-50.

“It was a tough ending to the season,” Borgia Head Coach Stacia Parsell said. “We had the game under control for quite a long time. The execution in the last few minutes was not there and we put them on the free-throw line.”

Borgia led most of the game and was up 10-9 after one quarter, 30-20 at the half and 42-40 after three quarters.

Borgia watched an 11-point lead melt away in the second half as Marshfield rained seven three-point baskets after the intermission.

The key for Marshfield was senior Lauren Aldridge. The Kansas University recruit hit three three-point baskets, all in the third quarter, to spark Marshfield’s comeback. She led all scorers in the game with 26 points.

“Emily Grahl bothered her in the first half, but Aldridge stepped up after that,” Parsell said.

And Aldridge was at the line for a one-and-one with 36.5 seconds to play. Her two shots gave the Lady Jays their first advantage since early in the game.

Oddly, the officials chose to put Aldridge, the ballhandler, on the line despite the fact the collision was between a Borgia player and a player setting a pick.

This time, Marshfield didn’t give up the lead. Borgia managed one point after that, a free throw from senior standout Janie Arand.

It was only fitting that Arand scored Borgia’s final point. A four-year varsity player, Arand will continue her basketball career in the same gym next season with Missouri S&T.

Borgia led 38-27 midway through the third quarter when Marshfield nibbled its way back into the game. Between Aldridge and senior Makenna Smith, Marshfield hit the shots it missed in the first half and cut Borgia’s lead down to two points after three quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter, Borgia did what it needed to do to hold the lead. Junior Molly Arand hit a three-point shot to open the fourth quarter and Borgia seemed to have things in hand.

Even when Marshfield hit a three, the Lady Knights answered in some form.

But the Lady Knights went dry through much of the fourth quarter and didn’t connect on free throws (5-11 for the game). In the end, that proved to be Borgia’s undoing.

Parsell relied on the same six players she’s used for much of the season.

“Throughout the season, we’ve been able to wear other teams down this way,” Parsell said. “This had given us success for 25 games this season. The depth finally caught up with us. They were able to handle our pressure in the second half.”

In the first half, the difference was a 9-1 run by Borgia in the final 2:55.

Borgia continued that in the second half and seemed to be in control throughout much of the third quarter, even after sophomore post player Megan Jensen took a seat with three fouls.

“We were able to maintain the lead without Megan,” Parsell said. “We had to move Janie inside. Somewhere, we lost focus and momentum.”

At the start of the game, Janie Arand hit the first basket.

Jensen then hit the next basket, but Borgia’s lead evaporated when Aldridge nailed the next two shots, including a three-point basket to give  Marshfield its first lead of the game.

Borgia bounced back with a six-point run. Sophomore Kaylee Heggemann, Janie Arand, and junior Cassandra Halsted hit shots.

Marshfield responded, cutting  it to 10-9 by the end of the first quarter. Junior Samantha French hit a shot while Marshfield patiently looked for a chance. Senior Alison VanDiggelen then stole the ball and scored just before the buzzer.

Borgia turned to Molly Arand in the second quarter and she ignited a three-point run.

Borgia led throughout the second quarter. Molly Arand nailed two three-point baskets and a pair of two-point shots.

With the game still close, Borgia shifted into overdrive in the final 2:55 of the half. The Lady Knights got a basket from Janie Arand.

After an Aldridge free throw with 2:31 left in the second quarter, Borgia did not surrender another point in the half.

Grahl made the difference, hitting two baskets down the stretch, including a three-point play with 4.8 seconds to play, getting Aldridge to foul after Grahl stole the ball on the other end of the court.

Borgia opened the third quarter with six of the first eight points of the third quarter, but things quickly turned.

Jensen picked up her third foul and Parsell had to switch defenses. Marshfield capitalized by hitting three-point shots, the same shots which bounced away in the first half.

Borgia’s seniors, Janie Arand and Grahl, combined for 25 of the team’s 50 points.

Janie Arand also had seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Grahl also had three assists, three rebounds and two steals.

“We lose the heart and soul of this team,” Parsell said. “These two kids have played for four years and have been a part of a lot of special moments. Janie played a major part on our state team her freshman year (Borgia finished third in the 2011 season). Emily was still figuring out her role, but she became a very solid player for us.”

Molly Arand led the underclassmen with 13 points. She also had two assists.

“Molly had a very good game for us,” Parsell said.

Jensen scored seven points with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal.

“Megan is one of our building blocks, along with Kaylee, Molly and Cassandra, for next year’s team,” said Parsell.

Heggemann had three points, two assists and one steal.

And Halsted scored two points with one rebound.

After Aldridge, Smith was next in scoring with nine points.

Sophomore Peyton Greenlee and VanDiggelen scored eight points apiece.

French, who missed huge chunks of the game due to foul trouble, scored the other two points.


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

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

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

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

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


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

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 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