For the first time all season at Target Center, someone took over a game when it was needed most. This big ticket however, was Amy Beggin, who led Roseville past Centennial 65-51 in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at the Girls’ state basketball tournament.
“She was unbelievable,” said Roseville coach Gwen Thielke. “That’s what she’s been doing all year long for us.”
Beggin scored 14 of her game high 25 points in the second half, but it was the game’s final 12 minutes where she put the Raiders on her back. With Roseville down 41-37, Thielke called a time out.
“I was a little hesitant to call that time out,” she said. “But we were still a little bit standing, and we had to get the girls to buy into the system.”
Out of that time out, Beggin dropped in a three to pull Roseville within one, and you could feel the momentum put on a Raiders uniform.
Beggin led the way at both ends of the floor. A minute later, she drew a charge on Katie DeWitt, sending Centennial’s leading scorer to the bench with her third foul.
“We ask her [Beggin] to lead our offense, but she’s also our defensive stopper,” said Thielke. “We ask her to guard the best players on every team, so she gets a double doze. She beats players to the spot, she gets physical with them… She’s just phenomenal at both ends.”
Beggin would make sure her team took advantage of DeWitt’s absence. She came down on one trip and popped a three from the top of the key. That put the Raiders up 46-41.
On another trip, Beggin faked a shot, drew the defenders to her, and then dished the ball to Kelsey Florian for the easy hoop and a 50-43 lead.
Roseville kept pulling away, and wound up outscoring Centennial 28-10 after that key time out. The 28 points was one more than Roseville scored in the first half.
“There was some tough talk at halftime,” admitted Thielke. “We got sick of watching and waiting for others to make plays.”
As upset as Thielke was inside the locker room at half, she could not stop smiling outside of it after the game.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “It is awesome. We had a taste of it last year, and that taste was not enough. We’re hungry.”
The next course for Roseville will be in the semifinals against either Hopkins or Rochester Mayo on Thursday.