By HANSON CRAFTON
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
In the first round of the Washington County Invitational, Borden was able to hold Eastern to just 40 points in a 58-40 victory. The solid defensive effort moves the 5-0 Braves into tonight’s championship game against Salem.
“It was a well played game,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “We gave a good team effort. It was a hard fought defensive game [and] we collectively rebounded well. They average 60-61 points on the season and we held them to 40.”
The defending state champion Braves grabbed and early 10-point lead and finished the first quarter up 22-12. Borden then held the Musketeers to just seven points in the second quarter and seven in the third. Although the Braves only scored eight points in the second, they more than doubled the Musketeers in the third taking a 46-26 lead into the final quarter.
The Braves were led by returning star Garrett Vick, who scored 18 in the contest. Caleb Hart scored 15 and Zack Gillam had eight in the first-round win.
Eastern’s high scorer was Jude Olesh who had 12. Alex Doebler scored seven and hit the only Musketeer 3 on the night.
Eastern will take on West Washington in a consolation game of the tournament in the first game on Saturday.
BORDEN 58, EASTERN 40
Eastern 12 7 7 14—58
Borden 22 8 16 12—40
Borden scoring: Garrett Vick 18, Caleb Hart 15, Zack Gillam 8, Josh Vollstedt 7, Brian McGee 4, Kyle Kruer 3, Brady Knight 3.
Eastern scoring: Jude Olesh 12, Alex Doebler 7, Jack Hayes 5, Dakota Jackson 4, Jessie Murphy 4, Alex Hobson 2, Jacob Timmons 2, Grant Newcomb 2, Dakota Snider 2.
3-point field goals: Borden 5 (Hart 3, Vollstedt 1, Kruer 1); Eastern 1 (Doebler).
Free throws: Borden 13-23, Eastern 5-11.
SOUTH CENTRAL GETS BETTER OF CAI
The Christian Academy Warriors fell to 2-2 Friday after a tough 60-29 loss to South Central (2-3).
South Central got an early 15-5 lead and was ahead 32-13 at the half.
Allison Burch was the lone scorer in double-figures for Christian Academy with 14. Brittany Moffett had five points and five rebounds for the Warriors.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 29, SOUTH CENTRAL 60
South Central 15 17 15 13—60
Christian Academy 5 8 6 13—29
South Central scoring: Miller 18, Walker 17, Blackmon 3, O’ Conner 6, Nalley 3, Goodman 4, Sally 2, Billender 2, Kiaser 3.
Christian Academy scoring: Allison Burch 14, Hayleigh Caldwell 5, Brittany Moffett 5, Rachel Wright 3, Danielle Summit 4, Cortney Baird 1.
3-point field goals: South Central 6 (Walker 5, O’ Conner 1); Christian Academy 1 (Birch 2).
Free throws: South Central 12-18, Christian Academy 3-12.
Next: Christian Academy (2-2) hosts Switzerland County (4-0), Jan. 4.
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EASTERN DOWNS MUSTANGS, 53-42
On Thursday night, senior guard Katie Ernstberger scored a game-high 18 points and dished out six assists to lead host Eastern past New Washington, 53-42.
Ernstberger also drew the defensive assignment on one of the Mustangs’ top players in Ashley Johnson, who was held to nine points. Johnson did not score in the first half.
Bailey England and Rachel Hamilton each tallied eight points for the Musketeers (6-2).
Courtney Amick paced New Washington (5-4) with 12 points, shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Teammate Caroline Ricks had nine points.
EASTERN 53, NEW WASHINGTON 42
New Washington 7 9 8 18—42
Eastern 8 15 16 14—53
New Washington scoring: Courtney Amick 12, Brooke Abbott 4, Ashley Johnson 9, Lexie James 3, Caroline Ricks 9, Kaitlyn Schindler 1, Emilee Holloway 2, Haley Tye 2.
Eastern scoring: Katie Ernstberger 18, Taylor Drury 6, Rebekah Feist 7, Bailey England 8, Brooke Rodewig 6, Rachel Hamilton 8.
3-point field goals: New Washington 1 (Amick); Eastern 4 (Ernstberger, Feist, England, Hamilton).
Free throws: New Washington 17-23, Eastern 20-35.
Next: Eastern (6-2) vs. West Washington (6-1), Washington County Invitational semifinal at Henryville, next Friday; New Washington (5-4) hosts Indianapolis Home School, today.