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February 14, 2014

Cougars, Vikings ready for sectional clash

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At this time last year, Barr-Reeve was hanging on with a thread with many of its key players battling injuries. Hannah Bullock was hampered by injuries throughout the 2012-13 season and Tiara Kenney also wasn't healthy heading into the North Daviess sectional game. This time around, the Vikings have no such concerns. Bullock (7.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 steals) and Kenney (9 points and 5.3 rebounds) will be in the starting lineup.

A big addition to the Viking roster has been guard Olivia Carroll (11.1 points, 4 rebounds and 2.1 assists), which has allowed Jenna Knepp (13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists) to relinquish some of the ball handling duties, thus keeping opposing defense's on their heels.

"Having a primary second ball handler besides Jenna Knepp takes the pressure off her a little bit," said Barr-Reeve coach Mark Holt. "Last year she had the ball in her hands, 85-90 percent of the time and she doesn't always have to be that play maker with Olivia on board now. We can get Jenna off the ball more and work her off some screens. We have to pretty good point guards now and Hannah Bullock is a pretty good ball handler as well, so we have three pretty good ball handlers. We have faced teams that like to press us full court or as North Daviess likes to do and extend their zone defense out pretty far in the half court. It gives us three good perimeter players, who can either make plays off the dribble or off the pass."

When preparing for North Daviess, Holt knows you have to prepare for the vaunted zone defense the Cougars have mastered over the past two seasons. North Daviess allowed just 30.5 points per game this season, which ranked third in the state. Steadily over past few seasons under Knepp's coaching, the Cougars have become more explosive offensively. That offensive explosion begins with the sharp shooting of Smith (13 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals) and Meghan Knepp (13 points, 3 rebounds and 3.7 steals).

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