Saturday will be a real test for Barr-Reeve, who have no experience against Elizabethtown, the No. 17 ranked team in Kentucky, which still uses a one-class ranking system. Elizabethtown enters play Saturday with a 7-4 record.
“I’ve had an opportunity to see them twice in person,” Hughes said. “They are definitely the best team we have played up to this point and maybe the whole year. They have a 6’6 post player named Dominique Harding, who as a I look at things could possibly give us some problems, it would possibly be him. He runs the floor really well and he’s just a very good player in the post for them. Other than that we really matchup size wise with them, but they are very quick and try to get the ball down the floor quickly. The big thing for us is going to be our transition defense and being able to get back, get the ball stopped and make them run some offense, instead of just going to the rim.”
While the unfamiliarity related with this matchup for Barr-Reeve is a major test, Hughes said this game provides an excellent opportunity to see where his team is at nine games into the season. As is the case with many programs in Southwestern Indiana, the Vikings have high hopes for the postseason and Saturday can be viewed as a measuring stick against top flight competition.
“It’s kind of a tournament atmosphere,” Hughes said. “You get to play in a historic arena and there are other really good players and teams playing that day and we just feel honored to be able to travel to Louisville and represent the state of Indiana and play in the Challenge Cup.”
Hughes said the opportunity to represent this part of the state as a school from Class A has special meaning for the school in such an important set of games against against Indiana’s neighbors to the south — Kentucky.