MONTGOMERY — It’s been four years, but Barr-Reeve is one win from playing for a state championship in Indianapolis again.
The Vikings (25-1) will face Clay City (20-6) in the Class A Semistate at Seymour Saturday at 1 p.m. Barr-Reeve enters the contest with 16 straight wins and Clay City has reeled off 13 victories in its last 14 games.
Barr-Reeve won its two regional games Saturday at Jack Butcher Arena over Trinity Lutheran and Northeast Dubois by a total of 29 points, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of how the Vikings won their first regional championship in four years. After cruising to a 51-31 win over Lutheran in the first game Saturday, the Vikings met a familiar foe in Northeast Dubois.
The Jeeps gave Barr-Reeve all it could handle, but it was the spectacular performance of sophomore point guard Logan James, who scored 29 points, that stole the show. Senior Micah Bullock added 19 points to held the Vikings to the 69-60 win over the Jeeps.
“I thought we completed another successful weekend,” said Barr-Reeve coach Bryan Hughes. “I’m not sure we played our best basketball, but it was definitely good enough. Like I continue to tell everybody, this has just been a very consistent group.”
All season Hughes has preached that his team would win with defense and rebounding and for the first 24 victories that remained true. Barr-Reeve has allowed just 39 points per game, while scoring 60. Barr-Reeve met its match with the Jeeps, who bring a powerful front line that can bang with anyone in the paint. That was evident as junior forward Duncan Roy missed most of the second half with an injury, but he’ll be back for Saturday’s game.
“We knew that Dubois was going to give us some problems on the glass — they gave us problems on the glass the first time we played, but we got out to such a lead the first game that it didn’t matter,” Hughes said. “We were expecting a fight and it was brutal and physical. It seemed like for three quarters nothing was called and in the fourth quarter a lot of ticky tack stuff was called. It was hard for both teams to adjust, but we did well enough to get the job done.”