MONTGOMERY — Since the day Barr-Reeve hired Bryan Hughes to coach the Barr-Reeve basketball program, the Vikings have played 525 games. A win Saturday afternoon would lift the program to new heights as the Class A State Champion.
Barr-Reeve (26-1) will play Marquette Catholic (19-6) for the Class A State Championship Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the first of four championship games for the day. The Vikings have won 17 straight games and the Blazers have won 11 in a row.
When the Vikings take the floor Saturday morning, they will be playing in their four state championship game since 2002, but Barr-Reeve is 0-3 in such games. Conventional thinking would say this is the best chance for Hughes to hang a banner in Kavanaugh Kourt, but nothing is guaranteed as the Viking faithful fully understand.
“Obviously when you get to the state championship and everything that happens during the week, there are a lot of things different from a regular week,” Hughes said. “I want the kids to enjoy it. We have a lot of memories playing in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the bottom line is they are focused and we’re going to play basketball and we want to win one more.”
Barr-Reeve has been the wire-to-wire No. 1 team in Class A and haven’t lost a game against a team from Indiana all season. The lone loss for the Vikings was 51-40 to Elizabethtown (Ky.) Jan. 11 in the Kentucky-Indiana Challenge Cup at Freedom Hall. Senior Micah Bullock has scored 15.6 points and four assists per game and Addison Wagler has scored 15 points and five rebounds per game to pace the Viking offense.
The offense catches everybody’s attention, but what makes the Barr-Reeve team so difficult to defeat is the defense. The Vikings allowed just 39 points per game, which was good for the best in the state.