By Todd Lancaster
---- — MONTGOMERY — Some times it takes a little time for a big ship to get under way. However, once it builds up steam, it becomes very difficult to stop.
On Saturday night at Kavanaugh Kourt, after a slow first quarter, No. 1 Barr-Reeve was unstoppable in its 67-18 victory over Blue Chip foe Washington Catholic.
The Vikings limited WC to just 11 points in the final three quarters and used a 26-5 turnover advantage to go on a 56-11 run to finish out the game. However, after the homecoming celebration ended, and both teams took the floor, it was the Cardinals who came out more ready to play.
During the first four minutes of action, B-R was just 1-of-9 from the floor, while WC took an early 5-4 lead. However, after Addison Wagler made a pair of layups and Micah Bullock made an old-fashioned 3-pointer, Barr-Reeve took an 11-7 lead at the end of the first that they would not give up for the rest of the night.
“It wasn’t a great start. We came out a little uninterested and had troubled hitting shots,” said BR coach Bryan Hughes. “However, we did a nice job on the defensive end, only allowing 11 points the rest of the way.”
The Vikings’s shooting woes were forgotten in the second quarter, as they made 9-of-11 from the floor, including treys from Bullock and Seth Swartzentruber. WC’s Ethan Wichman did make a 3-pointer that cut the lead to 15-10, but their only other scoring came from Zach Taylor with a bucket late in the half to make it 36-12.
“We played a heck of a basketball team team. They are No. 1 for a reason,” said WC coach John Howell. “We played a good first quarter, but they turned up the heat and we had trouble handling that. It really took us out of our comfort zone.”
The third quarter belonged to B-R, as they limited WC to just a free throw from AJ Sellers. Sellers ended up being WC’s leading scorer with six points for the night.
Barr-Reeve posted 14 points, including treys from Bullock and Logan James, along with baskets from Connor Swartzentruber, Logan Lengacher and Chris Wittmer, to go up 50-13 after three quarters. The fourth quarter allowed Hughes to utilize his bench during the 17-5 fourth. Overall, B-R’s bench out scored WC 32-5 for the game, including 3-pointers from senior Jon McMullen and Swartzentruber.
“We were able to get a lot of people quality minutes,” said Hughes. “Ryan Knepp, Connor and Seth Swartzentruber and Logan Lengacher all played well off the bench.”
Other telling stats included a 28-12 rebounding advantage for the Vikings, including 16-0 advantage in second-chance points. B-R also had a 31-5 advantage in points scored off turnovers and limited WC to just 18 percent shooting.
Barr-Reeve had nine players in the scoring column, led by Wagler and Bullock with 13 points each and nine from James, who also led with six boards.
WC got six from Sellers, four from Zach Taylor and Jon Mitchell and three from Wichman.
“Overall, we played four of eight good quarters this weekend, just not all together,” said Howell. “We are getting better slowly. I think we will see us with some more competitive games in February.”
In the JV contest, BR won 57-10, with Kalin Knepp leading 10 Viking scorers. Taylor led WC with 4.