CLASS A REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ind. The Borden girls basketball team could not overcome turnovers and a poor shooting performance as the Braves fell in the first round of the Class A West Washington regional to No. 14 Springs Valley, 49-35, Monday night at T. Kermit Tower Gym.
Kayla DeWeese and Morgan Meehan both scored 17 points to lead the Blackhawks, while Kristen Nestor led the Braves with 18.
The Braves turned it over 17 times and shot 37 percent (14-38) from the field. Meanwhile, leading scorer Natalie Reudinger was held to two points on 1-for-7 shooting.
“We just didn’t play good enough,” Borden coach Terry Rademacher said. “There’s all kinds of things that we didn’t do good enough to win. We didn’t shoot good enough. We didn’t handle the ball. We didn’t defend, and we didn’t rebound good enough.
“No matter how the game was played we had opportunities. As a team, we just couldn’t capitalize on the scoring chances we had. “
Both teams traded leads in the first half. The Braves led 5-0 early before the Blackhawks stormed out to an 11-7 lead in the second quarter. However, Nestor hit two 3s and Taylor Streander converted a second-chance opportunity to tie the game at 15 by halftime.
However, the Blackhawks took control in the third quarter. Nestor hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 23-22 with four minutes left in the quarter, but DeWeese took over for Springs Valley. The senior scored 10 points in the third to lead the Blackhawks to a 37-25 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Hawks continued to stay hot from the field in the fourth. Meehan tallied eight points in the final quarter, as Springs Valley shot 67 percent from the field in the second half. The Braves never got within 10 points.
“We knew going into halftime that we had to change a couple of things offensively,” said Springs Valley coach Kelly Schmitt. “We came out and had a very solid third quarter, and their offense slowed down a little bit.
“We’re pretty confident right now. Right now our team is going in the right direction.”
Nestor was the only player for the Braves who seemed to find a flow on offense. Borden’s lone senior hit six 3-pointers.
Borden finishes the season with a 16-8 record. Springs Valley (21-5) will play No. 1 Barr-Reeve (26-0) in the regional championship at 7 p.m. The Vikings defeated No. 13 Wood Memorial, 59-50 in Monday’s other semifinal.
Borden (16-8) – Kristen Nestor 18, Riley Schindler 8, Paige Schindler 4, Taylor Streander 3, Natalie Ruedinger 2.
Springs Valley (21-5) – Kayla DeWeese 17, Morgan Meehan 17, Kiana Wininger 6, Olivia Carnes 4, Marissa Meehan 3, Hannah Pendley 2.
3-point goals – Nestor 6, DeWeese 2.