CAMPBELLSBURG — The Borden girls’ basketball team has had a solid season, and the Braves hoped to continue it on Saturday at Tower Gymnasium.
But defending Class A state runner-up Vincennes Rivet’s defense was too stout, as the Patriots ended Borden’s 2013-14 campaign in the Class A West Washington regional semifinal, 52-41.
Class A No. 9 Borden (17-3) struggled handling the ball against Rivet’s man-to-man defense in the half court and its full-court press. For the game, the Braves committed 25 turnovers and shot 18-of-42 from the field (42.9 percent).
Borden coach Terry Rademacher said the one thing the fourth-ranked Patriots (20-4) do a great job of is denying the ball, and they executed that part of their defense well on Saturday.
“All coaches try to teach denial and they do it very well. They take that instruction and actually execute it,” Rademacher said. “They did a good job defensively.”
Rivet got off to a stellar start. The Patriots built a 12-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. They forced nine turnovers and held the Braves to 1-of-8 shooting in the stanza.
Borden got within eight points at 16-8 around the midpoint of the second period thanks to a bucket by sophomore Natalie Ruedinger. But Rivet responded with an 8-0 run to close out the first half, giving the Patriots a 24-8 halftime advantage.
“In the first half, we didn’t allow them to run any offense at all,” Rivet coach Tim Young said. “I thought defensively in the first half we set the tone.”
Borden trimmed its deficit to 32-21 with about a minute remaining in the third quarter on an Abby Ellis layup. But that was as close as the Braves would get.
Rivet took its biggest lead of the contest with 4:37 left in regulation when senior Bailey Dreiman converted both ends of a 1-and-1 to put the Patriots up 45-23. The Braves ended the game on a 9-0 spurt to get the final margin down to 11.