Crookston girls' basketball used a monster second-half run to rout Ada-Borup, 69-32, on Tuesday night at Crookston High School.
The Pirates improved to 14-2 with their seventh straight win, while dropping the Cougars to 10-2.
Crookston jumped to a 25-9 lead behind a balanced offense, but Ada-Borup jumped back in the game with an 8-0 run. The Pirates went into halftime up 29-18.
"Ada's an aggressive team, really good defensively, one of the best teams we've seen all year," said head coach Darin Zimmerman. "We got after it, maybe a bit tentative to start but for the most part we were solid.
"We knew they'd make some adjustments, and they did. We just had to make sure that we didn't fold for too long."
After the Cougars scored the first basket of the second half, it was all Crookston. Hayden Winjum (So., G) turned her aggressiveness on defense into opportunities on the other end, while Emma Borowicz (Jr., G) scored inside and outside, spurring the Pirates on a 38-5 run before Zimmerman emptied the bench.
"Starting on the defensive end we were really good, active hands, contesting everything, rebounding the ball a lot better," Zimmerman said. "Offensively we were attacking better. We were more aggressive on offense, we weren't sitting back waiting for things to happen, we were just running better offense."
Added Winjum: "At halftime, Z really told us that we just needed to come back out with the intensity that we started the game. ... I think second halves are kind of our thing."
Winjum and Borowicz both scored 17 points. Winjum had a double-double with 10 rebounds while also adding eight steals, and Borowicz grabbed eight boards and six steals.
Gretchen Theis (Sr., G) scored 13 points, Dani Boyle (Sr., G) and Kasey Cwikla (Sr., F) scored seven, Abby Borowicz (Fr., G) and Halle Winjum (8, G) scored three, and Hannah Loraas (So., F) scored two.
"Our shots were falling," Theis said. "That definitely helps us when all of us are getting in the lane. We're definitely an unselfish team."
Ada-Borup was led by Kora Kritzberger with 12 points. Jakia Thompson scored five, Rachel Arends scored four, Meredith Smart, Alex Tinjum and Kayliana Dahl scored three, and Elle Scherfenberg scored two.
"Ada's a good team," Zimmerman said. "To play a game like this, we're very, very pleased."
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