Emma Borowicz scored 21 for the second time this year and averages 10.2 points a game.
Crookston headed down to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for another difficult road contest following their loss to Barnesville. DGF, the second-ranked team in the state, pressured the Pirates throughout the game and capitalized on mistakes to go on lengthy runs and win by a final score of 72-49.
“We had a pretty good start and we were playing pretty good defense right away,” Head Coach Darin Zimmerman said. “They are definitely a pressure-defensive team and we did a good job in the first few minutes of handling their pressure. We had some opportunities to score, but we missed some layups.”
For Crookston, 21 of their 49 points came from freshman guard Emma Borowicz. Junior guard Kylie Solheim scored eight and senior guard Jaeden Lizakowski put up six along with sophomore guard Kasey Cwikla. Sophomore guard Dani Boyle added four and senior guard Bailey Folkers and eighth grade guard Hayden Winjum each contributed two.
“She had a really good game and probably one of her better games of the year,” Zimmerman said. “She attacked, created and made tough plays. That’s kind of what we need.”
The Pirates could not keep up with junior forward Rachel Hefta on the bench due to foul trouble and DGF was able to distance themselves from the Pirates with a large run in the final minutes of the first half. By the time Crookston made their way to the locker room, DGF already led 40-22.
“Towards the end of the first half, we had just a terrible few minutes,” Zimmerman said. “We made too many mistakes and [DGF] made some really nice plays converting on our mistakes. It was something like a 16 or 17-0 run.”
Crookston kept the second half closer scoring 27 to DGF’s 32, but the first half deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Pirates lost their second straight game.
“We knew this stretch of the schedule is by the toughest that we have,” Zimmerman said. “Playing on the road and playing really good teams. DGF came into the night ranked second in the state and they showed us why. We have to play good teams so we need to play good teams during the regular season to see where we’re at.”
With the loss, the Pirates record drops to 8-7 on the year. With short time to rest, Crookston will make their way to Greenbush to play Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Friday, January 26 in a make-up game originally scheduled on January 15. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.