MONTGOMERY — One couldn’t blame the Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings if they had one eye looking at next week. With several rivalry games on the horizon, the Vikes first had to deal with Blue Chip Conference foe South Knox on Thursday night at Kavanaugh Kourt. Barr-Reeve (2A No. 1) made quick work of the Spartans, and improved to 19-1 on the year with a 25-9, 25-9, 25-11 victory.
The opening set saw Viking junior Addison Ainscough get Barr-Reeve off to a good start. Ainscough pumped in four early kills as the Vikes jumped to an early 12-4 advantage. Jasye Thompson served up a pair of aces to extend the margin to 23-6, and the Vikings cruised to the 25-9 opening set win.
Second set action saw sophomore Sarah Graber make her return known. Graber has missed the last several games while recovering from an injury that happened against Evansville Mater Dei. Graber and freshman Emma Wagler teamed up for six kills on the set, and the Vikings again cruised to a 25-9 victory.
Junior Hannah Graber and Thompson teamed up to help Barr-Reeve put the Spartans away in the final set. Hannah Graber fired in four of her kills, and Thompson served up four aces as the Vikings again raced to a 17-7 lead. Maranda Wagler and Jocelyn Helms split kills late in the set to end the night, and the Vikings claimed the final stanza at 25-11.
Viking coach Amber DeCoursey stressed that the Vikings still need to focus on one game at a time.
“We do have a big week next week with games against our area rivals, and that’s always fun. But tonight, I think the girls had a good focus, and really wanted to take care of business. It was a good effort, and a good conference win,” she said.
Hannah Graber and Ainscough led the Viking offense with nine kills each, while Sarah Graber returned to the lineup and added six. Kara Hughes and Hannah Graber split 28 set assists to direct the Viking attack, while Jasye Thompson added eight digs and 14 service points to help the Viking cause.
Barr-Reeve will begin their own version of “Rivalry Week” next week. On Monday, the Vikings will travel to the Hatchet House to play Washington, while Tuesday will see them on the road at North Daviess. On Friday, a potential 1A No.1 versus 2A No.1 matchup will go down as Loogootee travels to Kavanaugh Kourt to take on the Lady Vikings.