Crookston concludes the regular season with a 13-13 record and will face East Grand Forks in the first round of the section tournament.
The Pirates’ defense displayed their second best performance of the season, eight different Crookston players recorded points and the Crookston Pirates defeated the Breckenridge Cowboys 44-30 to end the regular season. The Cowboys’ 30 points serves as the 12th time this season Crookston held their opponents to less than 50 points. They own a 10-2 record when doing so.
Freshman guard Emma Borowicz led the scoring with nine points and senior guard Bailey Folkers finished close behind tallying eight. Borowicz’s nine points put her at 290 for the season, which leads the team. The duo of Borowicz and Folkers combined average over 21 points per game.
Senior guard Jaeden Lizakowski put up six, junior forward Hailey Seaver notched five, junior forward Rachel Hefta scored four, sophomore guard Gretchen Theis ended with three and eighth grade and junior guards Hayden Winjum and Kylie Solheim rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
“The game featured some very good defense from both teams,” Head Coach Darin Zimmerman said. “I think that just sticking with our game plan and continuing to take care of the ball allowed us to eventually get into a nice offensive flow.”
Following the first half, Crookston led the low-scoring affair 21-19. The Cowboys managed 11 points against the Pirates’ defense as Crookston more than doubled Breckenridge’s second half numbers with 23.
“We have really been playing some good defense as of late and that continued against Breckenridge,” Zimmerman said. “We contested everything and rebounded the ball well to limit their offensive opportunities.
The win gives Crookston a record of .500 at 13-13 to finish the regular season. The Pirates earned the six seed in the Section 8AA North and will take on the No. 3 East Grand Forks Green Wave in the first round of the section tournament on Thursday, March 1. This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams this season with East Side winning the first three.
“East Grand Forks is a good team, but I know the girls were excited to see that we ended up getting them in the section tournament,” Zimmerman said. “The key for us is to play the type of basketball that we have been playing the past three weeks. We need to shoot the ball well and make sure we take good care of the basketball, making all our possessions count.”