02/23/2014 12:03 AM
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.
Ruedinger was the lone Borden player to score in double figures with 15 points, making seven out of her 16 field-goal attempts. She was one rebound away from a double-double, as she grabbed a game-high nine boards.
Braves’ center Carson Casey had eight points. Ellis had a team-high five assists and four steals, while teammate Shelby Kirchgessner wound up with a game-high five steals and four assists.
Borden’s defense was pretty solid throughout the contest as well. The Braves forced 19 turnovers and kept the Patriots under 50 percent shooting from the floor at 47.7 percent (21-of-44).
But the Braves did not take advantage of Rivet’s miscues because of their shooting woes.
“They’re an outstanding defensive team, but I think we are, too,” Rademacher said. “We forced a tremendous number of turnovers against an awful good team. We just couldn’t get anything accomplished at the offensive end.
“Some of the what people would consider easy baskets that we may have given up, they would not remember them as much if we would have converted off of steals. But we kept playing and kept playing and had good composure. We ran out of time.”
After the game, Rademacher lauded his four seniors in Casey, Ellis, Kirchgessner and Sarah Hurst for their contributions during their high school careers. The quartet helped the Braves win three sectional championships and two outright Southern Athletic Conference titles during their four seasons in the program. That includes Borden’s conference and sectional crowns this year.
“My focus right now is recognizing the outstanding season we had, and the tremendous accomplishments that our seniors have had over the last four years,” Rademacher said. “Our seniors have been a part of three sectional championships in four years. They had some great and successful regular seasons.
“This is the first game we lost all year with our full team available with no injuries or illness. We gave great effort. We didn’t quit.”
Rademacher has high hopes for next season. He will return two starters in Ruedinger and junior guard Kristen Nestor and several talented underclassmen that are ready to get more playing time on the varsity squad.
“We expect to be back here next year,” Rademacher said. “We have two really good starters returning. We’ve got some young kids that I know how good they are.”
Sophomore forward Katie Donovan led the Patriots with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Dreiman had 12 points and a game-high six assists. Rivet’s Lauren Herman and Kelsey Ivers each scored nine points.
CLASS A WEST WASHINGTON REGIONAL
VINCENNES RIVET 52, BORDEN 41
Borden 2 6 13 20—41
Vincennes Rivet 12 12 10 18—52
Borden (17-3): Natalie Ruedinger 7-16 0-0 15, Carson Casey 4-8 0-0 8, Abby Ellis 2-6 0-2 4, Sarah Hurst 2-2 0-0 4, Paige Schindler 1-1 1-2 4, Shelby Kirchgessner 1-4 0-0 3, Kristen Nestor 1-3 0-2 3, Cassy Goodridge 0-0 0-0 0, Kaelan Harmes 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Ohlmann 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Schindler 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Streander 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-42 1-6 41.
Vincennes Rivet (20-4): Katie Donovan 7-11 0-1 16, Bailey Dreiman 4-4 4-6 12, Lauren Herman 4-13 1-1 9, Kelsey Ivers 4-7 0-0 9, Vanessa Heinz 0-0 2-2 2, Bailey Niehaus 1-4 0-0 2, Carly Waggoner 1-2 0-0 2, Makala Emmons 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Heinz 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Herman 0-1 0-0 0, Payton Meeks 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey Schutter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 7-10 52.
3-point field goals: Borden 4-13 (P. Schindler 1-1, Kirchgessner 1-2, Nestor 1-3, Ruedinger 1-3, Streander 0-1, Ellis 0-3); Vincennes Rivet 3-9 (Donovan 2-3, Ivers 1-4, Meeks 0-1, Schutter 0-1).
Rebounds: Borden 28 (Ruedinger 9); Vincennes Rivet 21 (L. Herman 5).
Assists: Borden 13 (Ellis 5); Vincennes Rivet 12 (Dreiman 6).
Steals: Borden 14 (Kirchgessner 5); Vincennes Rivet (L. Herman, Niehaus 4).
Blocked shots: Borden 0; Vincennes Rivet 2 (Donovan, L. Herman 1).
Turnovers: Borden 25, Vincennes Rivet 19.
Total fouls: Borden 13, Vincennes Rivet 7.
Fouled out: None.
Technical fouls: None.