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Lady Vikings lose to Vincennes Rivet with last second 3-pointer
By Louie Kavanaugh Jr. 
Vincennes Rivet was ranked number one in the polls nearly all season long for a reason, and that may have been proven Friday and Saturday during sectional play.  Two nights in a row the Rivet Lady Patriots were in trouble, but they kept fighting back and just like the night before against Loogootee, when Rivet needed the basket at the end of the game, they got it.  With 20 seconds to go Rivet took the ball inbounds and tried to work it inside, but when there was nothing there they kicked it back out to Sara Young, who was well beyond the 3-point line and she let it fly.  Young’s 3-pointer hit nothing but the bottom of the net for Rivet’s second consecutive girls’ basketball sectional championship.  Up until last year, the Rivet Patriots had never won a girls’ or boys’ basketball sectional title, but that has all changed and with all underclassmen on the team, they could have more coming.  With that basket Rivet took their first lead since early in the game at 4-3.  
  The fourth period began with Barr-Reeve leading 31-29, and BR scored two more buckets to take a 35-29 lead.  Rivet scored to cut the lead to 35-31, but two free throws from Liz Horton pushed the lead back to 37-31.  Rivet cut the margin to 37-33 on two free throws and after Amber Rademacher was fouled, she connected on 1-2 free throws to extend the margin to 38-33 with 3:58 to play.  That would be the last points BR would score.  Rivet’s Sara Young connected on a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 38-36 with over two minutes to go.  Barr-Reeve turned the ball over and here came Rivet, and a basket by Elizabeth Montgomery with 2:03 to go tied the game for the only tie of the night.  With the game tied at 38-38 BR once again turned the ball over with 1:51 to go, which set up the last- minute heroics for Young’s 3-pointer.  
   Barr-Reeve led nearly the whole game except for Rivet’s brief 4-3 lead early in the first period and then after that last shot by Young.  In the first period the Vikings lead 10-4 before Rivet closed out the quarter trailing 10-9.  Shanell Burch hit a three pointer to start the 2nd period as BR increased its lead 13-9.  A basket by Liz Horton pushed the BR lead to 17-9 before Rivet cut the lead to 21-18 at halftime.  Barr-Reeve’s biggest lead in the 3rd quarter was 28-22 before Rivet cut the lead to 28-27 but the Lady Vikings were able to hold on to the lead after three at 31-29.    
   Liz Horton led the Vikings with 23 points on 3 3-pointers and 3-3 from the line; Hilliary Fox was held to just 2 points but pulled down 10 rebounds.  Shanell Burch had 2 3-pointers for 6 points, Megan Delaney had 2 points, and Terrell Miller 4 points.  Sara Young led Rivet with 14 points.  Barr-Reeve shot 45 percent from the field to Rivet’s 32 percent, but Rivet had 18 more attempts than BR.  The Vikings turned the ball over 19 times to Rivet’s 9, and BR out rebounded Rivet 26-24.  BR was 4-8 from the line while Rivet hit 3-3.  
   Last year Rivet defeated BR in the semi-finals by one, so this defeat was especially hard to take for the Vikings.  On the WRZR Post Game Show Coach Mark Holt said, “We just did not do what we needed to do to win this game.  We did not hit our free throws and did not take care of the ball like we needed to do against a team like Vincennes Rivet.  There is no consolation in the fact that we had a great season.  We wanted to win this sectional and we just didn’t get it done.  Rivet did what they had to do, and hats off to them.”
   The Vikings graduate 3 members of their starting five, Shanelle Burch, Megan Delaney, and Amber Rademacher, and also Senior Nicole Talbert off the bench.  The Vikings return Liz Horton, Hilliary Fox, Terrell Miller, Morganne Doyle, Maggie Sanders, Audrey Blair, and a junior varsity team that went undefeated. But the bad news is, Vincennes Rivet returns the whole team.  Rivet, who lost Chelsea Meeks with an injury early in the season, lost just one game this season and, yes, Chelsea Meeks will be back next year, too!   Barr-Reeve closes out a very good season for the BR girls’ team at 19-3.  Vincennes Rivet will play Northeast Dubois in the second game at the North Daviess Regional next Saturday.  Rivet defeated Dubois 58-39 at Dubois on Feb. 2.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Lady Viking Megan Delaney works to get control of the ball in the championship game against Vincennes Rivet Saturday night. The Lady Vikings lost the game by a narrow 3-point margin.
Scorebook photo
Game 1 vs. Wash. Cath.
Game 2 vs. Shoals