DIXON – Every girls basketball team wants to play its best basketball heading into the playoffs.
Sterling is doing just that; especially Josi Borum.
The Golden Warriors have won four out of their last five games, opening postseason play with a 73-44 win over the Freeport Pretzels in a 3A Dixon Regional quarterfinal in Lancaster Gym.
Sterling (12-18) never trailed, and Borum, a junior guard and forward, had a lot to do with that. She recorded the first triple-double in program history: 15 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds.
She achieved the feat with a couple of minutes remaining in the game in one motion: she grabbed an offensive board, and after that, in the midst of a scrum, poked the ball low toward her freshman sister Brooklyn – who jumped up for a bucket.
The accomplishment didn’t quite hit her until after the game.
“I didn’t even realize it,” Borum said. “I was just kind of playing. I was just having fun out there.”
Borum scored 13 of her points in the first quarter, and she and Brooklyn continued to stuff the stat sheet well after that.
The two Borum sisters combined for 26 rebounds in the game. Brooklyn, coming off a 20-board performance Thursday against Rochelle, added 16 more.
“She’s been playing with a lot of confidence,” Sterling coach Taylor Jackson said of Brooklyn. “The rest of the team kind of feeds off her her, and she feeds off of them, and that allows us to run a little bit.
“We’re figuring out some things that work well for us,” Jackson added. “Rebounding, we’ve talked about that for the past few weeks, and being able to get out and run the floor – we knew we’ve had an advantage in that, and they’re starting to see just how big of an advantage we have in that aspect.”
After the Pretzels ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run, Sterling led 19-12 at the end of the first and proceeded to hold Freeport scoreless on its first 10 second-quarter field goal tries.
Grace Gould led the Golden Warriors with 22 points, and her team hopes to continue the late-season success into Wednesday’s regional semifinal tilt with Rockford Lutheran.
“We’ve realized that it’s really to go on runs, and push the ball ahead,” Gould said. “We’ve gotten really good at it.”
“I think we’ve realized that we can play with all of these teams,” added Josi Borum, who also ended with six steals. “We’re kind of playing to – not quite our full potential, but we’re getting there, and we just got to keep going.”