ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Caledonia High School girls basketball team got coach his 300th career win. Now they hope for 301 and 302.
That’s what it will take to win Class 2A Minnesota state title, as coach Scott Sorenson’s Warriors opened the tournament with a 56-44 victory over Proctor on Wednesday at Williams Arena.
Fourth-seeded Caledonia (25-4), which has now won 21 consecutive games, will play at 6 p.m. Friday against top-seeded Roseau (29-2) at Williams Arena in the semifinals.
Caledonia finished the regular-season the ninth-ranked team, while Roseau was ranked second.
Roseau beat unseeded and unranked Redwood Valley 75-74, which got 70 of its points from the Borowicz sisters.
Katie Borowicz scored 37 and her sister Kacie Borowicz scored 33. Kacie Borowicz did turn the ball over with six seconds remaining, giving Redwood one last chance. It, however, missed the winning 3-pointer with 1 second remaining.
The Borowicz sisters were a combined 25-for-49 from the field. Katie Borowicz was 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, while her counterpart was 0-for-2. They combined to go 14-for-14 from the free-throw line, as well.
Roseau forced 19 turnovers but Redwood (19-9) managed 18 assists on it’s 28-for-55 (50.9 percent) shooting. Roseau shot just 27-for-65 (41.5%).
In the Caledonia win, senior guard Katie Tornstrom led all scorers with 25, including five three-pointers, to go with 11 rebounds for Caledonia, which was up 31-22 at halftime.
The Rails (24-7) cut that margin to 34-30 with 12:38 remaining before the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to all but put it away — five of those points from Tornstrom, including a 3-pointer.
Senior teammates Ashley Schroeder and Heidi Bolduan scored 13 and 10 points, respectively for Caledonia.
The Warriors forced 16 turnovers, which led to a 17-4 points-off-turnovers margin. Caledonia was outscored in the paint 18-12.