Roseau's Kacie Borowicz making a name for herself
ROSEAU, Minn.—Kacie Borowicz no longer is the little sister in the Roseau lineup.
Last week, the junior became just the third player in Roseau High School girls basketball history to reach the 2,000-point mark for her career. She joined Megan Taylor and her older sister, 2017 graduate Kiley Borowicz, with 2,000 career points.
With Kiley Borowicz now graduated and playing at Moorhead State, Kacie Borowicz has become the Rams' big scoring threat. She averaged 17.2 points last season for the 32-0, Class AA state champion Rams, earning all-state honors. Now she's up to a 24.2 scoring average.
"We're relying on Kacie to score more,'' Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson said. "It's sort of a natural evolution as she becomes a more experienced player.
"She's playing more minutes. We're not quite as deep as last year. And Kacie clearly is our go-to player this year. She does so many good things, offensively and defensively.''
Even though Kacie Borowicz was all-state last season and honorable mention all-state as a freshman, Didrikson said Kiley Borowicz cast a big shadow.
"At times I think it's been a bit frustrating for (Kacie),'' the Rams coach said. "Her style is different and she hasn't gotten as much recognition. Kiley made big plays; she was more flashy and powerful. Kacie is more steady, more consistent.''
Playing alongside her older sister, who finished 13th in the state in career scoring with 3,223 points, generally wasn't a problem for the junior. "For awhile it was hard,'' Kacie Borowicz said. "Everybody would talk about Kiley. But I loved playing with her. Now I get a chance to be that player on the floor.
"Without Kiley, and with my younger sister (Katie) on the team, it's a lot different. Kiley was a huge scorer. I feel like I have to take on a bigger role—to get to the basket more, to get more assists and more points, to make up for what Kiley did.''
Kacie Borowicz has switched positions, moving from the point to shooting guard. Katie Borowicz, a freshman, now starts at the point.
"I look to score a little more this year,'' Kacie said. "And we're running more plays for me to score. But I still have a playmaker mentality.''
That's part of Kacie Borowicz's well-rounded game. Didrikson said the junior has put a lot of time into her game, developing skills as a shooter, passer and ballhandler.
''Kacie is a kid who has worked for everything,'' Didrikson said. "She's put in hours and hours in the gym. She's a perfectionist.''
That drive helped lead Roseau to a state championship. And it's led to a personal milestone of 2,000 career points.
"It (2,000) is a big deal to me,'' the junior said. "It makes you feel like things paid off for the work you put into it. Hopefully, I can get to 3,000.''