Borden girls wins sectional title
Borden’s Lady Braves takes the Borden section without a serious challenge. Tuesday night Borden defeated Christian Academy 47-21 then Friday night Rock Creek Academy 68-12. The show down came Saturday night against New Washington, the toughest competition in the sectional. Taking the game in control early Borden finished their sectional run with a 45 -34 win.
Borden came out a little cool early but quickly warmed up; New Washington came out cold. Borden controlled the rebounding and caused turnovers that kept New Washington from finding any offense. Borden pulled out to a 12 – 2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Borden continued to control the boards but had too many turnovers. Erin Mikel picked up six of her 21 points to keep Borden’s offense rolling
New Washington’s Courtney Amick got their offense rolling with a 3-pt and a pair of baskets. New Washington did manage to drive inside during the quarter giving them better shot selection. The teams played even to a 22 – 12 Borden lead at the half.
After the half New Washington came out in the third and scored four 3-pt shots. One came just a minute and a half in the quarter from New Washington’s Ashley Johnson pulling them within six at 24 – 18 Borden. Borden answered with balanced scoring coming from four players to recover and build their lead 37 – 26 by the end of the quarter.
With both teams playing tough defense for the half causing turnovers on both sides, the two teams played fairly even throughout the half. The fourth quarter saw both teams battle each other to a draw for the quarter.
Borden established dominancy in the first quarter and gave New Washington few opportunities to recover winning the game 45 – 34.
New Washington coach Kirsti Holloway commented, “The first quarter was a letdown, we lacked patients. We tried to get them to expand their defense and open up driving lanes but their defense was very good.” She went on to say, “we just couldn’t get a second chance and they didn’t feel the since of urgency until it was too late.”
Borden coach Terry Rademacher said, “We tried to focus on rebounding in the first quarter, we didn’t want to give them any second shots. Our rebounding slipped in the second quarter. We played tough all night and New Washington shot poorly. One of our keys tonight was to make them take poor shots.”
New Washington’s leading scorer was Kriston Sarver with 10.
Borden’s leading scorer was Erin Mikel with 21.
After the game the All Sectional teams were announced: First team: Erin Mikel, Borden; Allison Rademacher, Borden; Kriston Sarver, New Washington (NW); Ashley Johnson, NW; and Caroline Ricks, NW; Second team: Kayla Smith, Lanesville; Shelby Kirchgessner, Borden; Samantha Turner, South Central (SC); Kelsey Miller, SC; and Stephanie Combs, Christian Academy.