Borden girls beat Vincennes Rivet 52-41 in Class A West Washington Regional semifinals

Borden girls beat Vincennes Rivet 52-41 in Class A West Washington Regional semifinals


Borden girls beat Vincennes Rivet 52-41 in Class A West Washington Regional semifinals


CAMPBELLSBURG, Ind. — The Borden girls’ basketball team dug itself a 14-2 hole in the first half, never could dig out of it and tumbled against No. 4-ranked Vincennes Rivet 52-41 Saturday morning in the semifinals of the Class A West Washington Regional.

“We didn’t play our best and we didn’t to,” said Borden coach Terry Rademacher.

The No. 9 Braves (17-3), losers only to Class 4-A Seymour and Class 3-A Salem during the regular season, pulled to within16-8 after Natalie Ruedinger hit a 12-footer with 3:39 left in the second quarter. Then Rivet (20-4) scored the last eight points of the first half and led 24-8.

Rivet forced Borden into 12 first-half turnovers.

“They have an outstanding defensive team,” Rademacher said of Rivet, winners of 10 straight. “All coaches try to teach denial and they do it very well.”

In the second half, Borden pulled to within 32-21 with 1:19 after two consecutive layups by Abby Ellis.

The Braves, though, couldn’t get closer.

Rademacher said his team played solid defense, forcing Rivet into 16 turnovers. “We just couldn’t get anything done at the offensive end,” he said. “But we kept playing and kept playing.”

Rademacher complimented his seniors, who sectionals titles in three of the last four years. “They’ve had a very successful regular season,” he said. “This is the first game we’ve lost all year when we’ve had the full team available — because of injuries and illnesses.

“Our girls have a lot of confidence in their abilities and they’re very composed,” the Borden coach said. “We just couldn’t get enough done today.”

Rademacher said the future is bright. Ruedinger, a sophomore, and Kristen Nestor, a junior, Rademacher said the Braves a lot of talented younger players who didn’t get much playing time. “We’ll be back here next year,” the Borden coach said.

Ruedinger led Borden with 15 points.

For Rivet, Katie Donovan led the way with 16 points, while point guard Bailey Dreiman had 12 points.

Wood Memorial 57, Trinity Lutheran 36: The Trojans (15-9) got off to a quick start, led 22-8 after the first quarter, and then pulled away from the Cougars (18-5) with a 16-4 edge in the final period.

Chloe Bartley, a freshman, led Wood Memorial with 17 points.

Allison Posey led Trinity with 11. The Cougars’ point guard, Haley Couch, left the game early in the third quarter with a knee injury and didn’t return.

NOTE: At a boys’ game Friday night, West Washington named its basketball floor Ron Smith Floor, in honor of its longtime athletic director. He is the father of Charlestown boys’ coach Sean Smith. Ron Smith is retiring this year but said he’ll be around West Washington athletic is help out if needed.

Class A West Washington Regional


BORDEN 2 6 13 20 – 41

VINCENNES RIVET 12 12 10 18 – 52

Borden (17-3) – Ruedinger 15, Carson 8, Kirchgessner 3, Ellis 4, Nestor 3, Schindler 4, Hurst 4.

Vincennes Rivet (20-4) – Drieman 12, Herman 9, Donovan 16, Ivers 9, Waggoner 2, Heinz 2, Niehaus 2.

3-point goals: Ruedinger 1, Nestor 1, Kirchgessner 1, Ivers 1, Donovan 2.

WOOD MEMORIAL 22 7 12 16 – 57

TRINITY LUTHERAN 8 13 11 4 – 36

Wood Memorial (15-9) – Bartley 17, Day 1, Maikranz 11, Loveless , Robinson 10, Wilkins 7, Heldt 5.

Trinity Lutheran (18-5) – Posey 11, Nolan 4, Sons 10, Hill 2, Rogers 4, Stuckwisch 6.

3-point goals: Robinson 1, Wilkins 1, Posey 3, Nolan 1


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