The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

March 21, 2013

Hard work behind Knepp's success

B-R junior has been a three-year leader

MONTGOMERY — Leading a team is an inexact science, and Barr-Reeve junior guard has mastered that skill in her three years with the Vikings.

Knepp led the Barr-Reeve to an 18-win season, along with leading the Vikings in points, assists, rebounds and steals during the 2012-13 season.

As a two-sport athlete, Knepp participates in volleyball during the fall, but she has received acclaim for her exploits on the basketball court.

Following the Vikings runner-up finish in the Class A Sectional at Barr-Reeve, Knepp was selected to Blue Chip All-Conference First Team and as an Indiana Junior All Star.

"It kind of was a surprise," Knepp said. "No one around here has gotten that kind of recognition lately. The last one from our school was Amber (Guinn) DeCoursey (1994), my volleyball coach. Especially since we didn't make a tournament run, it's nice to get recognition." Barr-Reeve coach Mark Holt said he has seen Knepp grow from a freshman, who took a secondary role, to a vocal leader - on and off the court as a junior.

Knepp filled up the stat sheet with 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.9 steals per game this season.

"When she (Knepp) was a freshman, we had two other outstanding players on the team, in Ty Harmon and Lindsey Graber," Holt said. "After Ty and Lindsey graduated in 2012, we kind of put the ball in Jenna's hands and let her do whatever she wanted to do. She's one of those kids who have great instincts; we don't have to run a lot of set plays. She went from fitting in to taking the full reigns of the team." Holt said to focus mainly on how many points Knepp scores is to miss all the facets in which she impacts the game.

"I like to create for to other people so they can get easy shots," Knepp said.

So much of what Knepp did this season was making sure her teammates understood where they should be to be successful. With sophomore point guard Hannah Bullock facing numerous injuries throughout the season, Knepp also took on the responsibility of the Vikings primary ball handler.

"I think being vocal makes a big difference," Knepp said. "Especially begin a guard, I get to see everything. It's nice to be able to tell everyone what I'm seeing and encourage them." Each season, Knepp has set new goals to push herself to get better, and in turn that goal-oriented strategy has benefitted the Vikings. Prior to last season, Knepp set a goal that she wanted to lead to the team in rebounding, and sure enough she accomplished that. Knepp even accumulated three triple doubles.

"It creates a team-first attitude," Holt said. "Even though, Jenna (Knepp) likes to score, she also likes to share the basketball. It creates the climate of teammates who aren't afraid to make that extra pass, who will work hard to get open, because they know they'll get the ball if they get open. There's so much more that she does for her teammates that bring them along with her. If a team wants to focus on her defensively, she'll find other people that are open. We also know when it's time to get a basket, that's where we are going first." Despite losing two seniors, in Harmon and Graber to graduation last spring, the Vikings had high hopes, but those were dashed in the sectional championship by arch rival Vincennes Rivet. Knepp said there are specific areas that Barr-Reeve can improve for next season.

"We would like to win the conference, we did it last year, but weren't able to this year," Knepp said. "Of course we want to win sectional, and be able to make more of a tournament run to get into the regional at least. We also would like to improve our record, and cut down on our losses." With only two months remaining in her junior year at Barr-Reeve, Knepp realizes she only has one more  year to accomplish all of the goals she has for herself and for her team.

"My high school career has gone by so fast," Knepp said. "It's crazy to think that I only have one more chance to do it all."

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • SPT-WT-073014-ANDREW LUCK PIC Luck still learning in Year 3 ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Par 3 Tournament ResultsMike and Ellen McKittrich were the first place gross winners of the Par 3 Tournament Sunday at Washington Country Club with a 54. Mark Smith-Susan Chambers and Nate and Blythe Wildridge followed with a 55. Pat and Joanne Bahr

    July 30, 2014

  • Blu-chip 3 pic Blu-Chip takes over Complex The Washington Sports Complex played host to the 3rd Annual Blu-Chip 3v3 tournament, which is in memory of Zach Blubaum and Derek Arvin. The tourney was the largest of the three that have been played and helps to raise funds for the Derek Arvin Schol

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 25, 2014

  • Blu Chip ready for its third year Time is supposed to heal all wounds, but of course, that isn’t the case. Some tragedies are so severe that the healing process might never be complete, but rather a daily reminder of what has been lost. Whether it is a bumper sticker on a car, a funn

    July 25, 2014

  • Colts' 'monster' now preparing to 'hunt' ANDERSON — There’s a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University.Expectations have been high inside the locker room since Chuck Pagano arrived in January 2012 and

    July 23, 2014

  • Sports Briefs WHS PhysicalsWashington High School athletic office would like to announce Physical Examinations for athletes will be held at Dr. Cullen’s office on Tuesday July 29, 9 am to 3 pm. All Washington athletes may use this service including High School, Ju

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT-WT-071914-ADAM GRABER PIC Barr-Reeve hands out Spring Awards MONTGOMERY — After the Fall and Winter sports seasons included a team reaching the state championship, Barr-Reeve’s final sport season had some catching up to do. Spring didn’t result in any state championship apperances, but it did see the Vikings c

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best aspect is tha

    July 18, 2014

  • MadiWebster Webster to compete at Gymnastics Championships LOUISVILLE — More than 1,600 of the nation’s top gymnasts in acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling will be in Louisville, this week for the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships. Madi Webster of Odon, who just placed third in

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo