Borger, Bull Dogs Bedford Bound

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Updated: February 10, 2017

By: James Pence
IndianaSports.com
Staff Reporter

 

Jenna Borger, right, gets an open look at the basket during the season opening game against New Albany at Memorial Gym November 8, 2016.

Some people may describe her third quarter performance in the girls’ basketball sectional championship game against Columbus East last week as heroic. Others may say she singled handedly saved her team’s season.
For Columbus North junior Jenna Borger, it was just another day at the office. On the eve of the Bull Dogs preparing for their regional semifinal game against Evansville Central, I got the opportunity to sit down and chat with Borger one-on-one. We discussed a number of topics.
Here are the highlights of our conversation:

Pence: I think your third quarter performance Saturday was one that a lot of Columbus North fans will remember for a long time. What was kind of your motivation heading out there?
Borger: It was a really fun game and early on I was kind of nervous because it was also a huge rivalry game. I missed a couple early shots, but I wanted to keep shooting because my coaches and teammates told me to keep my head up. It gave me confidence to keep playing through it and then I started hitting some shots.

Pence: Did coach Pat McKee say anything to you before you came in for the third quarter?
Borger: He always has this thing he tells me. He tells me to play uninhibited so I went in there and tried to play as confident as I could.

Pence: How has life been like for you recently following the win this past week?
Borger: It’s been pretty fun. Tournament time is always fun and we have done a lot of team activities together so it’s just been like a blast.

Pence: Did you do anything special?
Borger: The parents on the basketball team held a party where we all had ice cream sundaes and just hung out.

Pence: How was the reception from your classmates when you arrived at school on Monday?
Borger: A lot of people were telling me that I was doing a good job and I was getting some texts from family and friends that I was doing a great job.

Pence: What will be the mood of the team because you have a bit of a bus ride to (host site) Bedford North Lawrence. How are you guys going to prepare yourselves for such a big game during that time?
Borger: It’s an early game so I’m sure everyone will be tired but we have to wake ourselves up with some music instead of sleeping all the way there.

Pence: Who is usually the person on the team that provides the music?
Borger: Imani (Guy) or Ashlyn (Huffman).

Pence: What are some of the songs you guys listen to that gets everybody pumped up for the game? What are some of the favorites?
Borger: “All of the Lights” (by Kanye West feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi) and “All I Do Is Win” (by DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Rick Ross, Ludacris, and Snoop Dogg) just any pump up song like that.

Pence: What is going to be the biggest thing you guys are going to focus on heading into the regionals Saturday?
Borger: Our defense is going to be the key. (Evansville Central is) a very aggressive team and they like to drive it. We’re going to have to defend the penetration as much as possible.

Pence: In the event if you do happen to capture the regional title Saturday, what will the reaction be like?
Borger: I’m sure it’s going to be a crazy ride home. We might get a police escort and it’s just always fun riding home on the bus after a big win.

Pence: It would be extra special for (seniors) Imani Guy, Ashlyn Huffman, and Maliah Howard-Bass.
Borger: Yeah, it would be really special for them. Most years they’ve been here, they’ve won regional championships. So to go out with a win, that would be special for them.

 

I want to give a special thanks to Pat McKee and the Columbus North girls’ basketball team for letting me conduct this interview.
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