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November 13, 2012

H.S. GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Borden’s press forces 40 turnovers to win season opener, 78-29

Braves' Beatty records double-double with 25 points, 13 boards

BORDEN — After losing three players to graduation who stood at least 5 feet, 10 inches, the Borden girls’ basketball team decided to substitute size for quickness in order to win games during the 2012-13 season.

So far, so good.

The host Braves forced 40 Crothersville turnovers to prevail in their season opener on Tuesday night, 78-29. Borden’s 78 points were the most they have scored since a 79-67 home win over Shawe Memorial on Jan. 13, 2009.

“Our effort was extremely noticeable and outstanding,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher said. “When you have quickness because of that effort, you can make things happen defensively.”

The Braves did exactly that as their full-court press made life rough for the Tigers (1-3, 0-1 Southern Athletic Conference). Borden forced 22 miscues in the first half to take a 39-12 lead at halftime. The Braves’ press continued to be strong in the third quarter as their lead exceeded 40 points.

Rademacher says he plans on using the press more this season because of his team’s speed.

“We have more overall quickness,” he said. “We’ve traded size for quickness, and we’re going to try to take advantage of what we have.”

One Borden player who had a big night was Leslie Beatty. The 5-foot-8 senior forward recorded a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds along with four steals. Beatty had a double-double at halftime with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the opening half.

“She’s been injured and ill for two years,” Rademacher said. “But I told her this year that people are going to find out how good she is.”

Three other Braves scored in double figures. Junior forward Abby Ellis had 15 points, while sophomore guard Kristen Nestor chipped in 14. Nestor scored all of her points in the second half.

Freshman Natalie Ruedinger came off the bench to tally 12 points in her varsity debut. Ruedinger also had four steals.

Borden held the Tigers to 29 percent field-goal shooting (12-of-42) and won the battle of the boards, 42-34. The Braves shot 31-of-67 from the floor (46 percent) and 15-of-25 from the free-throw line (60 percent).

Rademacher says his players were anxious to play an actual opponent after spending the last few weeks practicing against themselves.

“We’ve been practicing for three weeks, so we were ready to get started,” Rademacher said. “Once you start playing, the practices will not be as frequent.”

Borden will return to action on Friday when it visits Eastern.

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