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.