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Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings lose to No. 1 Rivet 60-55
By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
   The Lady Vikings lost their first game of the season to the Class 1A number one ranked Vincennes Rivet in a rough and tumble game. The game was played at Rivet where only 125 Barr-Reeve Fans were able to get in to see the Class 1A number two Lady Vikings play in this classic matchup. Many fans from around the area were hoping the game would be moved to accommodate the large crowd who wanted to see this matchup between the two Blue Chip powers, but that did not happen. The game was played before a crowd of about 600 standing room only fans and most of those were Rivet fans that were able to get most of the tickets for the limited seating at the Rivet Gym.  
   With the win Rivet (15-0) will most likely have the inside track for the Blue Chip Conference title as they move to 6-0 in conference play. The game was a battle from beginning to end as Rivet pressed the entire game and a lot of fouls were called, but according to some of the BR fans a lot more could have been called.  After Rivet led early, Morganne Doyle hit two free throws and a basket to tie the game, then Liz Horton hit a 3 pointer to put BR up 7-4 and Barr-Reeve held that lead until midway through the third quarter. The Vikings led 13-11 at the end of one quarter and extended the lead to nine points late in the second quarter when Rivet hit a 3- pointer before halftime to cut the margin to 30-24. Liz Horton, who led the Vikings with 27 points, scored 13 of those in the first half.  Morganne Doyle contributed 8 of her 10 points in the first half.  
  Rivet’s pressure forced the Vikings into 15 turnovers in the first half which led to several baskets for the Patriots.
Rivet continued to apply pressure on the ball the third period and they overtook the Vikings 34-33 midway through the quarter on a basket by Sara Young. The lead went back and forth the remainder of the quarter until a free throw by Rivet put them on top 37-36 at the end of the third. The fourth quarter was a wild one as the quarter began with a 3-pointer from Rivet to give them a 4 point lead at 40-36. The Vikings came storming back to retake the lead with 3:53 to go at 43-42. BR extended the lead on a 3-point play by Liz Horton with 3 minutes to go in the contest.  Rivet then put on a late surge as they have done in the last several meetings with the Vikings. Chelsea Meeks went to work and a 3-pointer from her gave Rivet the final lead of the game at 50-49.  
   In what could be considered the turning point of the game, was a scramble for the loose ball, which Elizabeth Keller of Rivet picked it up, put it in, and was fouled for a 3- point play that put the final nail in the coffin.  Rivet finished the game by hitting 5-6 from the line for a final score of 60-55.  On the WRZR Post Game, Coach Holt had mixed emotions about the game, “We did not handle the pressure as well as I would have liked, but we did come in here in a very hostile environment and give it our best. We have to learn from this and be ready for them next time. This was a big game but it may not be the biggest game we will play this year. We may have another opportunity and we will have to be ready.”  
  Liz Horton led the Vikings with 27 points on 8-10 from two point range and 8-9 from the line. Also in double figures was Morganne Doyle with 10 on 8-8 from the line. Hilliary Fox was held to 7 points and Audrey Blair chipped in 4, Tya Harmon was 3-6 from the line, and Lindsey Graber and Kylee O’Connor had 2 points apiece.  For the game Barr-Reeve hit 55 percent to Rivet’s 37 percent, but Rivet took 16 more shots than the Vikings. Barr-Reeve out-rebounded the Patriots 33-13, but Rivet forced the Vikings into 31 turnovers to Rivet’s 13. Rivet shot 23-29 from the free throw line while Barr-Reeve was 21-33.  
  In the junior varsity contest, Rivet was also a winner 41-24. Bridgette Graber scored 10 points for the Vikings followed by Cori
-Photo by Louie Kavanaugh
Pictured above is Barr-Reeve’s Lindsey Graber as she tries to dribble the ball against Chelsea Meeks of Rivet. Meeks had several take-a-ways out front and led her team to a came from behind win over the Vikings 60-55. Barr-Reeve’s  Tya Harmon is also in the picture as she comes out front to tries to help out on the play. The game most likely decided the Blue Chip Conference for in Rivet’s favor as Rivet is undefeated on the season and Barr-Reeve has one loss.  Sectional Draw will come out next Monday and these same two teams could face each other again in the Loogootee Sectional the second week of February.
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Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings rebound to beat South Knox 61-32
   The Lady Vikings defeated the Spartans 61-32 in a make-up game that was originally set for Saturday, January 16. The Vikings led 16-12 after one quarter and were up 44-18 at halftime. The Vikings held the Spartans scoreless in the third period to lead 54-18 and BR was a winner 61-32. The Vikings hit 58 percent from the field while holding SK to 35 percent. The Vikings out-rebounded South Knox 25-15 and committed 14 errors to South Knox’s 18. After the game, Coach Mark Holt was pleased with Barr-Reeve’s effort and said, “It was good to get back on track after the Rivet game. I thought we came out and had a good effort over all and played well at both ends of the court. We had good intensity tonight and it was good to get the win. We still have some good teams before sectional and we need to keep it up.”  
  Liz Horton led the scoring with 19 points on 3-5 from 3-point range. Morganne Doyle was next with 11 points and she was followed by Audrey Blair with 9 points on 3-5 from 3-point range. Others scoring were Hilliary Fox with 8, Tya Harmon 6, Lindsey Graber 4, Barbara Knepp and Kylee O’Connor with 2 each. Hilliary Fox led the team with 11 rebounds followed by Liz Horton with 7. The Vikings improved their record to 15-1 and 7-1 in conference play.
   In the junior varsity contest the Vikings fell 26-15 to the Spartans.  
Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings defeat Pike Central 53-36
   Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings defeated a good Pike Central team 53-36 on Saturday afternoon, January 23, at Pike Central. The Chargers have played some good basketball this year, have lost some close games, and their win/loss record does not reflect the team they really are. The Vikings led just 11-9 after one quarter and increased that margin to 26-20 at halftime. The Vikings were up by 11 with a score of 39-28 after three quarters and pulled away for a final score of 53-36. The Vikings played three games this week and after losing for the first time this season, they rebounded to win the next two to improve their record to 16-1 on the season. The Vikings hit 41 percent from the field while Pike Central hit 37 percent. Barr-Reeve turned the ball over 20 times to Pike Central’s 17. The Vikings out rebounded the Chargers 32-13.  
   In the junior varsity contest, the Vikings lost 36-32 to drop their record to 6-9 on the season. The Vikings trailed by double digits at halftime and tried to rally, but fell short. Next up for the Vikings they travel to North Knox on Thursday, January 28, for a Blue Chip Conference game.
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