Fox, Lady Vikings dominate Rivet, 65-47

Barr-Reeve’s Hilliary Fox goes in for a layup against Vincennes Rivet on Tuesday in Montgomery---Photo By Todd Lancaster.

The Washington Time Herald

MONTGOMERY — The future was on display at Barr-Reeve on Tuesday night, as two of southwestern Indiana’s best young freshman players faced off in the Lady Viking-Vincennes Rivet game.

Although the Vikes (11-5) came away with a dominant Blue Chip win, 65-47, it was the play of B-R’s Hilliary Fox and Rivet’s Chelsea Meeks which garnered most of the attention.

Fox, a 6-0 freshman, had 20 points and 14 rebounds, nearly reeling in her double-double before the half. Meeks, also just a freshman, led the seven-player Rivet team (5-13) with 26 points and was a turnover threat on every possession.

“What we had on display was two of the better freshmen in the area,” said B-R coach Mark Holt. “I have not seen Liz Horton of Washington play much, but I’m sure she is a third, but those are some quality freshmen. You could put both of them on a team for me right now and that is a pretty good place to start.”

Fox led the charge with nine points in the first quarter, as the Vikings were able to move out to a 21-11 margin. However, Fox was also a force on the defensive end, coming up with a pair of blocks mid-way through the quarter. Paige Miller also had a pair of buckets, with Amber Rademacher adding a trey, along with baskets from Katie Wittmer and Shanelle Burch.

“When we get her (Fox) the ball against an opponent like this that doesn’t have much size, then she should have the type of game she had,” said Holt. “Seeing her with 20 doesn’t surprise me, but it was probably the kind of game where she could have gotten 30 if we finished a little better on the inside and stayed within what we want to do offensively. We knew coming in that they could not defend her in the low post, then she could score at will.”

The second quarter proved to be more of the same, as B-R doubled the Lady Pats, 44-22. Fox again led with six and a stretch of four straight offensive boards at one point. However, the Vikes were still hot from the outside as Melissa Yoder and Burch contributed treys.

Although the Vikings were never in danger in the second half, Meeks and the Lady Pats did make it interesting.

Barr-Reeve was outscored 25-21 in the final 16 minutes. Meeks had 15 of the game-high 26 in the second half, including all three of her treys.

“I thought we defended Meeks as good as we could in the half-court, but when she can step back and make her 3’s, then she is almost impossible to guard,” said Holt. “I hate that we gave her 10 points off steals and turnovers. We talked about exactly how she would play in practice and showed it to them on film and we still repeated some of the same mistakes from the first half to the second.”

The Vikings were more than just the sum of Fox’s efforts, as eight other Lady Vikes dented the scoring column.

Yoder was the second leading scorer with 12 and Miller ended the night with seven. Burch and Wittmer combined for 12, while Rademacher had five, along with four each from Letterman and Nicole Tolbert. Megan Delaney also scored in the game.

“We had pretty good balance and we are not a one-person team by any stretch of the imagination,” added Holt. “We are a balanced team that tries exploit whatever the weakness of the opponent is.”

The Vikes now go into the final four games of the season with home games with Pike Central on Saturday and North Knox next week.

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