BY Staff Reports Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — MONTGOMERY — For the first time since the 1996-97 basketball season, the Washington Lady Hatchets and Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings squared off in a regular season girls’ basketball game. In front of a strong crowd at Kavanaugh Kourt in Montgomery on Saturday night, the Hatchets bested the Vikings by a 61-49 count behind a strong second half effort from Coach Gretchen Miles and her troops.
In the early going, Washington (4-1) ran the floor for easy buckets, while Barr-Reeve (2-1) dialed it up five times from long distance in the first quarter, including a trio of triples by Hannah Bullock as the Vikings staked to a 15-10 first quarter lead. Barr-Reeve coach Mark Holt knew that wasn’t necessarily a great sign for the Vikings. “We knew that couldn’t last for the entire night, and eventually we would have to find another way to score.”
After a quick Viking basket to begin the second quarter gave them their biggest margin of the night at 17-10, Washington began to find their mojo. The Hatchets began turning defensive stops into transition offense, and ignited a 12-0 run to forge a 22-17 lead late in the quarter. Barr-Reeve answered quickly with their own short 5-0 burst to forge a 22-22 tie at halftime.
Although the Lady Hatchets showed a glimpse of what they were capable of doing, the third quarter may have been their most well played eight minutes of the season. Washington used a balanced attack to open the first 2:30 of the quarter on a 10-0 run to move in front at 32-22.
The Hatchets were keyed during the quarter by Lupe Perez and Jenna Johnson who each added a three point basket, and Audra Stallman added three buckets from the forward position to increase their margin to 44-31 entering the final stanza.
Any hope of a Barr-Reeve comeback were quickly halted early in the fourth quarter, and the visitors enjoyed their biggest lead of the night at 55-37 midway through the final frame. Ally Hunsinger added seven of her game high 22 points to hold the Vikings at bay, and the Lady Hatchets finished a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe on the night to help put the game away.
Coach Miles was pleased with the effort in what may have been the best outing of the season for the Lady Hatchets to this date. “Our focus of the week was we had to be able to handle the basketball against their pressure. I thought our guards did a nice job of staying on the attack, and it was good seeing our post players ready to catch the basketball in the lane. Everyone that came in and played tonight was a huge positive in this win.”
Along with Hunsinger’s 22 points, the Hatchets also received 10 each from Jenna Johnson and Audra Stallman. Hannah Bullock led the Vikings with 15, while Tiara Kenney followed with 12.
Barr-Reeve returns to action on Tuesday with a home contest against Paoli, while the Hatchets host North Daviess on Thursday night.