By GREG MENGELT
> 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.
HORNETS ENJOYING THE WIN COLUMN
On Saturday night, Henryville snapped a 30-game losing streak with a 58-42 victory over Southwestern.
Hornet coach Dan Carmony, who earned his first victory as the Henryville head coach, said Monday’s practice was more enjoyable than usual.
“It’s really upbeat,” he said. “I told them we needed to enjoy it for a while. It’s a relief thing of getting over the hump and knowing it can be done.”
The Hornets will try to carry the momentum into Thursday’s McKee Munk Invitational, in which they’ll face Madison Shawe on Thursday.
“It was a good confidence builder for the tournament,” Carmony said of the victory. “I told them before the season that it was a winnable tournament for us. It’s a pretty good stretch for us here where we have some good opponent, but hopefully the kids feel like it’s a good opportunity.”
DEVILS FACE ADVERSITY
For the first time this season, Jeffersonville’s basketball team will face some adversity. First-year Devil coach Matt Pait is interested to see how his team will respond following Saturday’s 63-45 loss to Clarksville.
“’We’ll see,” he said. “That’s a big question for us. We lost to a good team. I hope it’s a learning experience. I hope we can use it and move on.”
HARVEY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Jeffersonville junior Myles Harvey was released from the hospital Saturday night after hitting his head on the base of the stage at the end of the court at Clarksville.
Harvey suffered a concussion and is out at least a week. He will miss Saturday’s game against Christian Academy. After that is unknown.
“He’s good,” Pait said. “After a week, he’ll be re-evaluated and then hopefully he’ll be back. It was good news overall.”
Silver Creek fell behind Jeffersonville 40-22 after a Red Devil 19-2 run on Friday. After that, the Dragons outscored Jeff 41-32.
Then on Saturday, Creek ran out to a 40-9 lead on New Washington and improved to 5-1 with a 60-28 victory.
“With the exception of about a four-minute stretch, I think we’ve played pretty good basketball,” Dragon coach Brandon Hoffman said.
The Dragons face Charlestown in Friday’s Silver Creek Holiday Tournament opener and will see either Class 2A No. 6 Providence or Class 2A No. 7 Clarksville on Saturday.
“We’re definitely going to be put to the test,” Hoffman said. “I’ll be able to tell you more [about the Dragons] after Saturday.”
GIRLS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kaitlynn Henning, Charlestown
Henning opened the week with a 33-point performance in the Pirates’ 65-50 Mid-Southern Conference victory over Scottsburg, then played through foul trouble and scored 13 second-half points to lead Charlestown to a 59-48 win over Floyd Central on Wednesday.
WEEK’S TOP PERFORMANCES
• Justice Burdin, Charlestown: Burdin had 20 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three steals in Tuesday’s 65-50 upset of Scottsburg.
• Katie Ernstberger, Eastern: Ernstberger scored 18 points as the Musketeers defeated New Washington 53-42 on Thursday.
• Marissa Jones, New Albany: Jones hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to help the Bulldogs to a 40-37 win over Castle on Saturday.
• Rachel Wright, Christian Academy: Wright had a game-high 10 points in the Warriors’ 46-16 win over Rock Creek on Tuesday.
• Cheyenne Brooks, Providence: Brooks scored 14 points in the Pioneers’ 45-44 win over Salem on Tuesday.
• Haley Vogen, Jeffersonville: Vogen had a team-high 14 points in the Red Devils’ 61-49 win over Corydon Central.
• Riley Schindler, Borden: Schindler had 13 points in Saturday’s 65-31 win over Medora.
BOYS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Garrett Vick, Borden
Vick had a pair of double-doubles in the Braves’ Washington County Invitational championship run over the weekend. On Friday, he had 18 points and 12 rebounds in Borden’s 58-40 win over Eastern. On Saturday, he had a 14-point point, 11-board outing in a 59-38 victory over Salem in the championship game.
WEEK’S TOP PERFORMANCES
• Braxton Robertson, Henryville: Robertson scored 24 points as the Hornets ended a 30-game losing streak with a 58-42 win over Southwestern on Saturday.
• Ben Shahroudi, Providence: Shahroudi had a game-high 23 points in Tuesday’s overtime victory over Austin. He added 15 points in Friday’s 34-25 win over Charlestown.
• Calvin McEwen, Clarksville: McEwen scored a game-high 23 points in Saturday’s 63-45 win over Jeffersonville then scored 18 in Monday’s 79-76 loss to Bowman Academy. He totaled nine 3s in the two contests.
• Ronald Karenzi, Rock Creek: Karenzi finished with a game-high 23 points in the Lions’ 71-63 triumph over North Harrison on Saturday.
• Marquise Parrish, Clarksville: Parrish had a career-high and game-high 27 points in the Generals’ loss to Bowman Academy.
• Leondre McBirth, New Albany: McBirth scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 65-40 win over Seymour on Friday.
• Brad Koerner, Providence: Koerner scored eight points and hit a free throw with under a second remaining to give the Pioneers’ a 51-50 win over Floyd Central on Saturday.
• Shae Durham, Silver Creek: Durham had a game-high 17 points in the Dragons’ 60-28 win over New Washington on Saturday.
• Jack Hayes, Eastern: Hayes was named to the All-Washington County Invitational first team after a 14-point outing in Saturday’s win over West Washington.
• Myles Harvey, Jeffersonville: Harvey had a game-high 21 points in the Devils’ 72-63 win over Silver Creek before suffering a concussion in the first half against Clarksville on Saturday.