BORDEN — Sectional hosts Borden and New Washington both advanced Friday to set up an all-Clark County 2A sectional final today with wins over Rock Creek and South Central, respectively.
Borden had the easier time of the two ballclubs, dominating the Lions 68-12 in the night’s first matchup. New Washington enjoyed a comfortable lead heading into the fourth quarter, but saw their contest with the Lady Rebels tighten before ultimately prevailing 53-43.
New Washington-South Central
The Mustangs (13-8) used an 8-0 spurt early in the second quarter to capture the lead over South Central for good. And, despite some anxious moments early in the fourth quarter, coach Kirsti Holloway said she was pleased with the win.
“We knew we were in for a battle,” Holloway said. “Every time we play South Central, that’s just the rivalry we have with them. We wanted to match their intensity level and even take it a little bit higher, and I think we accomplished that.”
The Mustangs trailed 8-6 at the end of the first quarter after South Central guard Samantha Turner, who scored 16 points, nailed a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left in the first frame.
Lindsey Mudd scored the first four points of the second quarter for New Washington, and baskets by Ashley Johnson and Courtney Amick followed to give their squad a 14-8 lead with less than four minutes remaining. They would lead 23-14 at the half.
The Rebels had a miserable first half shooting the basketball, only converting 4-of-24 attempts from the field. They also turned the ball over 16 times in the first half alone.
They did benefit from the absence of New Washington center Caroline Ricks, who still managed to score 12 points and grab 11 rebounds despite absences in the second and third quarters due to foul trouble.
“We did manage to get ourselves in foul trouble, but we did dig out of it by playing good defense and getting some contributions from some different players,” Holloway said.
The Mustangs led 35-24 early in the fourth quarter, but South Central guard Kelsey Miller, who matched Turner’s 16 points, notched seven points in about 90 seconds to bring her squad to within four, 37-33, with just over five minutes left in the contest.
Miller hit two free throws, a 17-foot jumper and a 3-pointer on consecutive South Central possessions.
Kriston Sarver answered with two free throws for New Washington, Ashley Johnson came up with a steal and transition basket for the Mustangs to push the lead back up to eight, and the Rebels (5-16) never drew closer.
Johnson led the Mustangs with 14 points, and Sarver added 13. Four New Washington players, including Ricks, grabbed at least six rebounds.
Holloway said she was happy with the way her squad closed the matchup out and was looking forward to tonight’s championship game.
“It’s good to be able to focus on the championship tomorrow and re-establish what we want to do,” Holloway said. “Our crowd was great tonight — they really supported us here tonight and I hope they’re back here tomorrow.”
The Braves (16-6) saw 11 players score in their rout of Rock Creek. Center Erin Mikel led the Braves with 18 points, Megan Frascella added 10, and Borden was never threatened on their home court from the outset.
Borden head coach Terry Rademacher said he was pleased with what he saw from the Braves.
“When you have a tough game when you get to the final game, you’re going to be ready,” Rademacher, whose squad is defending champions, said. “But you’re going to be ready regardless of what happens. We sort of had the same situation last year, and it didn’t hurt us. Each game stands on its own.”
Rademacher said he felt the Braves were on target last night. “I think we had good focus, and pretty good execution. We did, pretty much, what we were trying to do for the most part, so I was pretty pleased.”
ROCK CREEK 3 4 2 3—12
BORDEN 17 18 22 11—68
Rock Creek (1-20) — Tincher 0, Page 0, Blankenbaker 7, Rodriguez 0, Mitchell 0, James 3, Clark 0, Koritch 2.
Borden (16-6) — Ellis 3, Beatty 8, Hurst 3, Owens 2, Mikel 18, Kirchgessner 6, Rademacher 4, Casey 6, Farvour 2, Frascella 10, Bishop 6.
3-point field goals — Rock Creek: None. Borden 3 (Kirchgessner 2, Mikel).
Free throws — Rock Creek 2-6, Borden 5-15.
SO. CENTRAL 8 6 10 19—43
NEW WASH 6 17 11 19—53
South Central (5-16) — O'Connor 4, Kel. Miller 16, Turner 16, Shaffer 4, Kris. Miller 0, Milliner 0, Mitcham 0, Sellee 0, Blackman 3,
New Washington (13-8) — Amick 7, Sarver 13, Johnson 14, Mudd 4, Ricks 12, Doherty 3, Abbott 0.
Rebounds — South Central 30 (Kris. Miller 11), New Washington 39 (Ricks 12).
Turnovers — South Central 24, New Washington 18.
3-point field goals — South Central 3 (Kel. Miller, Turner 2), New Washington 1 (Sarver).
Free throws — South Central 16-25, New Washington 16-33.