By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
In a battle of the two Southern Athletic Conference favorites, host Borden held off Lanesville for a 76-68 victory on Friday.
Borden led almost the entire way and held a 19-14 advantage after one quarter and 36-33 lead at the break.
“We got a good win,” Braves coach Doc Nash said. “It was a battle for 32 minutes like we anticipated. It was a great high school game to be a part of.”
Borden outscored the Eagles 28-10 at the foul line and Nash said he enjoyed the Braves’ work on the boards.
“I thought we rebounded well,” Nash said. “I thought that was the difference.”
Billy Kirchgessner led a balanced Borden attack with 18 points.
“I thought Billy Kirchgessner played pretty well,” Nash said. “He played a good all-around game and was a lead out there. Take away a few silly turnovers and he played exceptionally well.”
Jalen McCoy added 17 points for Borden. Michael Lynch chipped in with 14 and Garrett Vick scored 10.
Kevin Zollman led all scorers with 22 points for the Eagles, who Nash said Borden will likely see again in the Class A tournament.
“They’re going to get a lot better,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a lot better, too.”
The Braves play their second SAC game next Friday when they host 2-1 South Central.
• Charlestown opens with MSC win: After a belated start due to the school’s football success, Charlestown opened the 2012-13 season with a 65-59 Mid-Southern Conference victory at Scottsburg on Friday.
“It was a good first win for us,” Pirates coach Sean Smith said. “It was good to get out and see what we’re made of. It was a good first win for us to build on.”
The Pirates were led by seniors Aaron Daniel and Chris Braun, who combined for 39 points. Daniel also led the team with seven boards.
“Chris Braun and Aaron Daniel stepped up and did what’s expected of seniors,” Smith said. “They led the way. They both played really well and that’s what they’re going to have to do.”
Gage Martin added nine points for the Pirates, who led 50-35 after three quarter. Charlestown led by a point after one quarter and 32-27 at the break before breaking the game open with an 18-8 third quarter.
Scottsburg rallied but Charlestown was able to hold off the 1-2 Warriors.
“We played a good third quarter,” Smith said. “They fought back and got themselves back in the game. We were able to gut it out. It was good to win a hard-fought game to start the season.”
Malik Gross came off the Scottsburg bench to lead the Warriors with 19 points. Seth Helton added 13.
NEXT: Charlestown (1-0, 1-0 MSC) hosts Henryville, Tuesday.
• Rock Creek pulls away from Mustangs: Rock Creek outscored New Washington 21-14 in the fourth quarter for a 58-45 victory.
The Lions improved to 2-2 by going 11 for 14 from the foul line in the final quarter.
“I thought our energy improved in the second half and we forced some mistakes with our press and capitalized on it,” Lions coach Chris Brown said. “We did a good job of hitting free throws and stretching our lead in the fourth quarter.”
Will Brown led Rock Creek with 16 points. Devin Burt added 12 and Ronald Karenzi contributed with 10.
Ian Hughes had a team-high 12 points for New Wash, while Tim Cochran joined him in double figures with 10.
NEXT: Rock Creek (2-2) at Crothersville, tonight; New Wash (0-1) at Christian Academy, tonight.