MONTGOMERY — Although the Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings don’t have to face 2A North Knox in post-season action, they got a taste of tournament play in their 58-45 loss to the Lady Warriors on Thursday at Kavanaugh Kourt.
The Vikings rallied back from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to cut the margin back to just six, but it wasn’t enough to make up from 38-points from Makinzi Meurer of North Knox.
“There were just a few possessions here or there that were the difference in the game. I think they are a very good team and they get us ready for sectional next week,” said B-R coach Bret Graber.
The Warriors controlled the tempo and the offensive boards for the first three minutes, but still only led 5-0.
Senior Rachael Wilson broke the ice for B-R. Wilson is one of four seniors, including Hannah Fuhs, Ashley Gabhart and Mckenzie Swartzentruber who were all playing their last game at Kavanaugh Kourt.
Meurer put the Lady Warriors up 11-2 and in the process, became the schools’ leading scorer.
However, five points from Moriah Bullock helped B-R back to 17-9.
Addison Ainscough opened the second quarter with a basket along with a bucket from Tracy Stoll cut the lead to seven at 20-13. Ainscough kept B-R close with eight points during the quarter, but North Knox still led 27-19 at the half.
The Warriors started the third with a 5-0 run but Melissa Wagler drained a trey to keep it close. However, North Knox sprinted out to a 44-23 lead with 2:26 left in the half. Wilson added a pair of free throws and a basket, but North Knox still led 44-27 going into the final eight minutes.
Ainscough, Wilson and Bullock cut the margin to just 13, followed by a trey from Ainscough and an “and-one” from Bullock that whittled the lead to just seven with under 3:00 to play. The Vikes would get as close as six, but it would end with a 58-45 loss.
Barr-Reeve was led by Ainscough with 18, Bullock had 11, Wilson had nine, Stoll had four and Melissa Wagler had three.
In the JV game, B-R won 29-21. Kylee Gladish led with 13 while Jennica Helms had seven.