“Barr-Reeve is a quality team, they play well no matter whether they are home or away,” Knepp said. “If you can’t get up to play Barr-Reeve, you don’t have a pulse. It is a huge rivalry for Barr-Reeve and for us. I don’t care if we would be playing checkers with Barr-Reeve, it would be a battle to see who would win. Our kids remember last year and they refer to it as a burning fury in their stomach. They are very vocal with the younger kids and that game is still on their minds and they still feel they could have had a possession or two go differently and won that game.”
North Daviess has won eight of its last nine games and have allowed just 29.8 points per game, which is second in the state. The Cougars depend on Knepp and Smith for scoring, but also on forwards Taylor Mallett and Brooke Moore. Abby Cecil replaced Makayla Spears as the starting point guard and seniors Abby Hollis and Maggie Swartzentruber come off the bench to give the Cougars a formidable attack.
“We are improving from game to game,” Knepp said. “I think we have a lot of kids that are gaining a lot of confidence at the right time. We have really tried to emphasize that we are not a two person team. We have to be a full unit, we have to be five strong. Those five players on the court need to be able to score the basketball at any given time. We have had players step up and prove that they are capable of making shots. Sabra (Smith) and Meghan (Knepp) don’t have to carry the full load. They have a lot of help with them.”