No. 4 North Daviess 76, Lighthouse 25
ELNORA – North Daviess (18-3) followed up their SWIAC-winning clincher against Linton by taking care of business on Saturday afternoon with a 76-25 victory versus visiting Lighthouse Christian (Bloomington).
The Cougars knocked down 16-27 three-pointers in the affair – including five each from senior Bryce Collins and junior Markus Britton. Collins led all scorers with 23 points to go with 7 rebounds while Britton ended with 17 markers. Logan Wilson added 10 tallies in limited minutes as Coach Brent Dalrymple used his starters sparingly throughout the contest while resting seniors Ike Wolford and Daryn Lengacher. ND registered 25 assists against just seven turnovers.
The Cougar junior varsity (17-1) bounced back from their first defeat the night prior, via a Linton buzzer-beater, as North Daviess rolled to a 55-24 decision behind 26 points from sophomore center Brendan Stickles in just two quarters of action.
North Daviess, currently ranked fourth in Class A, is scheduled to play their final game of the regular season on Friday at Class 3A No. 9 Sullivan.
The Cougar Den will also be the site of this year’s Sectional 63 where three of the top-four ranked teams in Class A will square off. The hosts drew the second bye into next Friday night as the Cougars await Barr-Reeve’s contest with Washington Catholic in the first round.
No.1 B-R 71, Rock Creek 45
Barr-Reeve moved their season record to 20-2 with a 71-45 victory at Rock Creek Academy (11-8) on Saturday. The Vikings overcame early hot shooting from the Lions to pull away for the victory with Sectional play just around the corner.
The Lions, playing on their senior day, scorched the net in the early going, and made five three-point baskets in the first quarter to open an early 18-16 lead before the Vikings began to exert their dominance.
Viking senior Curt Hopf led the Vikings with 16 first half points, and battled most of the day against Rock Creek’s 6’11 Murial Diper. Hagen Knepp added 13 points in the opening half, and a late triple by Knepp gave the Vikes a 34-25 advantage at halftime.
Barr-Reeve continued to use the longball to extend their advantage in the third quarter as Hopf knocked in a pair, Knepp added another, and Brycen Graber added one as the Vikings extended their lead to 25. The Vikings led by as much as 32 on the day, and settled for the 71-45 victory.
The Vikings were led by Hopf, who ended the day with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Knepp who finished with 17.
Viking coach Josh Thompson said he was pleased with the effort, especially as they battled severe winter weather throughout the week. “I thought our effort was good, especially with just practicing twice last week. We were almost a half-step slow in the early going, but as the game went on, I thought we really started looking like ourselves. We have a good effort today.”
Brycen Graber continued his assault on the statewide record books as the senior point guard picked up 10 more assists on the day to move his career total to 766. Graber now stands just 11 assists short of the statewide record of 777, which was set by Alexandria’s Mickey Hosier in 1995.
Barr-Reeve has just one regular season game left when they travel to Bloomfield on Friday night. The Vikings also drew Washington Catholic in the first round of Sectional 63 at North Daviess, and the winner will play North Daviess on Friday night.