MONTGOMERY — The Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings continued their brutal string of opponents to open the season on Tuesday night at Kavanaugh Kourt. Springs Valley entered the contest with a 4-1 record, and one of Southwest Indiana’s best players in 6’0 senior Jewel McCormick.
Barr-Reeve opened the game running patient offense while looking for drives and back cuts against the stingy Blackhawk man to man defense. Addison Ainscough and Melissa Wagler both connected on long triples, and Wagler found Tracy Stoll for a back cut and layup to lead 12-9 after a quarter of play.
While McCormick paced Springs Valley with 12 first half points, she was bested by Ainscough. After Valley grabbed a 20-16 lead, the 5’11 junior made a spinning layup, and knocked in a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left to give Barr-Reeve a 21-20 advantage at halftime.
Valley looked to make their move in the third quarter, and a big triple from Ellison Burton followed by a McCormick driving layup gave the Blackhawks a 30-25 lead near the end of the quarter. Moriah Bullock, however, knocked in a 15-footer just ahead of the third quarter buzzer to cut the margin to 30-27 heading to the final stanza.
A driving layup by Kylie Gladish to begin the fourth quarter brought the Vikes to within 30-29, but a quick counter by McCormick put Valley back up 32-29 with just over four minutes to play, and the Viking offense went cold.
Barr-Reeve had multiple opportunities to cut into the lead or tie the contest, but were unable to connect. Another basket by McCormick and four charity tosses gave the Blackhawks their largest lead at 38-29 with just over a minute left.
A pair of triples from Ainscough and Melissa Wagler narrowed the margin to 40-35 with 30 seconds left, but the Vikings (0-6) could get no closer and fell 42-37.
Barr-Reeve was led by Addison Ainscough with 21 points, and she was followed by Bullock and Wagler with five each, and four from Gladish.
The Viking junior varsity also fell to the Blackhawks, as Springs Valley took the opener by a 38-32 count.
Barr-Reeve returns to action on Thursday night with a road trip to Pike Central, and will travel to North Daviess to play for the Buggy Bowl trophy next Tuesday night at the Cougar Den.