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December 24, 2013

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH:It's good to be Borden

Braves boys, girls still both unbeaten

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The 2013 calendar year was an unforgettable one for Borden as the Brave boys took home the 2012-13 Class A state championship.

If the end of 2013 is any indication, 2014 should be special for Borden, as well.

The second-ranked Braves are outscoring opponents by over 22 points per game and had no problem winning their third straight Washington County Invitational title.

It’s difficult to say that the 2013-14 Borden team is as good as last year’s state championship team, but to this point, it hasn’t been one bit inferior in starting 6-0.

“I hate to compare our teams,” Braves coach Doc Nash said.

However, he does admit that this year’s team has been impressive.

“We have,” he said. “I think our team is really different [than last year’s], but we compete. I like who we are as a team and that’s only going to continue to improve. We want to be playing our best basketball late in February and early March.”

On top of the boys’ 6-0 start, the Borden girls are 8-0, beating teams by an average of 25 points and up to No. 11 in the latest ICGSA Class A poll.

“They’re awesome,” Nash said. “Give those girls credit, they’re fun to watch, they play hard and they’re gritty. Coach [Terry] Rademacher’s done a great job. Being part of the Borden community is awesome right now. Those girls are in our cheer block and it’s a great environment.”

 

A TOUGH SECTIONAL

As good as Borden has been, just getting out of the sectional will be tough. The Class A Borden Sectional field appears to be loaded.

Rock Creek — presumed to be the Braves’ top challenger coming into the season — is 3-3 after an impressive 71-63 win over North Harrison on Saturday. Christian Academy, which went to Rock Creek and won earlier this year, is 4-1 after knocking off previously-unbeaten Switzerland County by 24 points on Saturday.

Then there’s Lanesville, which beat CAI 74-60 without its top players to open the season. The Braves will face the 3-2 Eagles, who won their last two games by a combined 165-83, right after the New Year in a Jan. 3 makeup game.

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