LOOGOOTEE — The Barr-Reeve basketball team had Vincennes Rivet back on its heels in the first quarter, but over the final three quarters, the Patriots played a near perfect game.
Vincennes Rivet defeated Barr-Reeve 59-46 to win the Class A Sectional 63 championship Monday night at Jack Butcher Arena and clinch the Patriots’ second straight sectional crown and the fifth in the past six years.
The first half was marked with uneven play from both teams, as the Vikings and Cougars combined to commit seven turnovers apiece in the game’s first 16 minutes. The first quarter had four lead changes, but Barr-Reeve took control with a 9-4 run to end the opening quarter with a 16-11 lead. Barr-Reeve’s Olivia Carroll knocked down two 3-pointers. Tiara Kenney and Jenna Knepp had four points each in the quarter, while Kelsey Ivers had five points and Lauren Herman had four to lead Rivet.
“One of the keys to the game was to get off to a good start and we definitely accomplished that,” said Barr-Reeve coach Mark Holt.
The Patriots used a 7-0 run to open the quarter and take an 18-16 lead with 3:29 to play until halftime on two layups from Herman, two free throws from Ivers and another made free throw from Bailey Niehaus. Carroll’s two made free throws at the 3:08 mark were the first Barr-Reeve points of the quarter.
“I will give a lot of credit to Rivet’s defense,” Holt said. “They really stagnated us and lost some confidence. We just didn’t attack as well in that second quarter.”
The Vikings ran into foul trouble as Rivet outscored Barr-Reeve 12-4 in the second and Knepp picked up her second and third fouls and Carroll was called for two fouls as well. Rivet scored five of the final seven points to take a 23-30 lead going into the locker room at halftime. Herman and Carroll had 10 points each to lead all scorers.