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Local rivals Loogootee and Barr-Reeve meet
By John P. Mullen
   The always anticipated match-up between local rivals Loogootee and Barr-Reeve went the way of the Vikes on Thursday night inside Kavanaugh Kourt as Hilliary Fox had a monster contest and fueled her teammates to a 51-38 outcome.  Fox put in the game’s first six tallies as she finished with a game-high 17 points.  
  Kelci Mann got the Lions on the board with two free throws, and back-to-back treys from Taylor Walker and Wynter Wagoner cut the margin to 9-8 with three minutes remaining in the first frame.  At 2:25, Mann missed two charity tosses that would have propelled Loogootee into their first lead.  
  A nifty dish from Valpo hoop recruit Liz Horton to the Purdue volleyball-bound Fox upped the mark to 11-8 before Wagoner responded with a fifteen-foot jumper.  
  The Lady Lions attempted to get a last shot but turned the ball over with seven seconds.  However, Morganne Doyle missed two shots at the line with 2.9 ticks as the scoreboard read 11-10 in favor of the home team.
   Mann drew a foul on Horton to begin the second period and promptly drained both free tosses to give her squad their first advantage 12-11.  
  A Doyle putback at 6:48 erased the one-point deficit, and Horton’s three a minute later made the numbers read 16-12 Barr-Reeve.  Halfway through the stanza, Doyle added another offensive rebound bucket as the margin grew to six, and when Doyle fed Fox for a lay-in, the bulge became eight.  
  Mann stopped the 9-0 run with another two free throws at 2:59.  Fox hit two freebies at 1:46 building the host’s edge to 22-14.  Both teams missed opportunities in the last minute, and Waynessa Burch’s running half-courter kissed off the glass and rimmed out as time expired in the first half of action with the score still an eight-point difference.
   When play resumed after intermission, Doyle got two at the line, but Tia Pennington and Wagoner made lay-ups, and Walker’s three ball two minutes in made the score 26-21.  Wagoner got loose for a 3 at 5:15, but Fox’s rebound and stick-back kept her team in front by four.  
  Both teams traded two turnovers each before Walker flat-out stroked another trifecta to dash the Lady Vikes frontage to one.  Horton freed herself inside at 3:30.  Barr-Reeve took a quick time-out to set their defense at 30-27, and the next few minutes resulted in some very physical play that eventually culminated in a Horton long-range bomb.  Mann buried 2-2 at the stripe with 1:33 to play, and down 33-29, Coach Dave Smith took his second time-out of the contest.  Terrell Miller stuck her first points of the affair with a 3 from the right wing, and the score stuck 36-29 heading into the all-important final eight minutes.
   Barr-Reeve got the first hoop of the final frame from Fox and never looked back after Miller drove in for a lay-up at 6:09 giving her teammates what was ultimately an insurmountable 40-29 stake.  A Horton deuce and a dish from her to Miller for another lay-up were momentarily interrupted by Wagoner’s basket before the future Crusader canned another 3 to jump the digits to 47-31.  
  Wagoner would hit a driving lay-up at 2:35 to stymie a potential blowout, but the late offensive barrage was more than enough to end the Lions’ attempt at an upset bid of Class 1A’s fifth ranked outfit.  For Loogootee, Wagoner provided 14, Taylor a dozen on four three’s, Mann ten, and Pennington one basket.  
  Fox was aided in the scoring column by Horton’s baker’s dozen as well as 11 from Doyle inside.  
  The victory kept B-R unblemished at 4-0; the Lady Lions dropped to 4-2 on the young season.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Loogootee’s Wynter Wagoner is about to get the ball stolen from her grip as the Lady Lions try to catch of to the Lady Vikings.