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Vikings lose to Hatchets in double overtime 60-56
By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
   For the second year in a row, the Hatchets escaped with an overtime victory over the Barr-Reeve Vikings in their opening pre-Thanksgiving battle at the Hatchet House. This battle kept the nearly 6000 fans in their seats until the second overtime was finished as the smaller Vikings battled the taller Hatchets until the very end.  It was truly a classic battle of two ranked teams as Washington ranked number two in Class 3A and Barr-Reeve ranked 5th in Class 1A.
   The game begin with Barr-Reeve jumping out to an 11-4 lead only to see the Hatchets come back and tie the game at 13 at the end of first quarter.  During the first quarter the Vikings were led by Trey Hughes and Ashton Wagler who’s outside shooting gave BR the start they needed against the taller Hatchets.  During the 2nd quarter the Hatchets used their height advantage along with good outside shooting to take a 25-20 lead at halftime.  Washington’s biggest lead of the night was nine points and that came during one stretch in the second period when they led 23-14 before two three pointers cut the margin to five at halftime.  Barr-Reeve continue to stay close to Washington and tied the game at 29 on a 3-pointer by Trey Hughes for the first time since the first quarter break.  A basket by each team left the game tied at the end of the third quarter break at 31.
   Washington jumped back on top as the fourth quarter got underway at 34-31 but Barr-Reeve took a five point lead near the 4 minute mark in the game.  At that point Washington went to work and on two baskets and a free throw tied the game at 41 with 2:02 left in the contest.  Washington retook the lead at 43-41 before BR hit two free throws to tie the game at 43 and send it into overtime.  Washington had the ball for most of the last minute and 20 seconds but just could not get the shots to fall as time ran out in regulation.  
   In overtime, Washington and Barr-Reeve matched baskets until Ashton Wagler hit two free throws to give BR a one point lead.  After a Washington turnover Trey Hughes was fouled and hit one of two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in the first overtime.  Hughes had made 7-7 previous to that miss and Washington grabbed the rebound and Sam Gines drove the lane and sank a running basket just as the horn sounded to send the game into the second overtime.   Washington scored first in the second overtime and Barr-Reeve could not get closer than 3 points the rest of the overtime as the Hatchets held on to win 60-56.
   For the game Washington shot 18-42 for 43 percent while Barr-Reeve shot 41 percent from the field.  The Hatchets hit 12-17 from the free throw line to BR’s 15-22 and Washington out rebounded the smaller Vikings by just 30-24.  On turnovers, Barr-Reeve committed 14 to Washington’s 10 with 10 of the Vikings errors coming in the last half and the two overtimes.  There were 12 ties and six lead changes in the game.  
   Trey Hughes led all scorers with 25 points on 6-12 from 2 point range and 3-12 from 3-point range and 7-8 at the line.  He was followed by Ashton Wagler a sophomore getting his first varsity start with 11 points on 3-11 from 3-point range.  Christian Duncheon who fouled out late in the first overtime finished the night with 11 points but did a great job on battling the taller Hatchets on the boards.    
   Bryan Hughes was disappointed but yet pleased with his team’s performance saying,  “I have such mixed emotions after this game as it stings to lose this as we were so close to pulling it off against a very good team and yet I am very proud of the way our kids battled against a much taller Washington team.  We were in position to win it but we just had some errors at key moments in overtime and that is the way it goes.  Over all I like what I saw from our team tonight, they worked hard, they battled against Washington players that universities are already taking a serious look at and I feel for the most part this year we will not see another team that is as good personnel wise.  We will just have to regroup and take it from there.  I really think we will be OK.”
  Next up for the Vikings they travel to Pike Central on Friday and come home to face Orleans on Saturday night for the dedication of the Barr-Reeve Gym to Kavanaugh Kourt.  
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Barr-Reeve’s Trey Hughes dribbles around Washington’s Cody Zeller in the Vikings double overtime loss to the Hatchets on November 25.