B-R vs WC

Barr-Reeve’s Keegan O’Neill finishes off a fast break with a dunk over Washington Catholic’s Nick Walker on Tuesday.

MONTGOMERY — Barr-Reeve made quick work of Washington Catholic in a 71-14 win at Kavanaugh Kourt on Tuesday.

Class A No. 2 Barr-Reeve (18-1, 5-1) started strong, scoring the game’s first 16 points. The Vikings placed 11 players into the scoring column in the first half and led 19-1 after one quarter and 42-1 at halfime over Washington Catholic (1-16, 0-7). Keegan O’Neill scored eight first quarter points for coach Josh Thompson’s squad as Thompson was able to substitute liberally in the first half. Jamison Miller led the Vikes with 10 points at the half.

Barr-Reeve continued the same pace in the third quarter, outscoring WC 21-3 to take a 63-4 lead into the final 8:00 of action. Washington Catholic did claim the fourth quarter 10-8.

O’Neill and Tommy Kidwell led 11 Vikings in the scoring column with 12 points apiece, followed by 10 from Miller. Devin Graber and Tyson Knepp were next with eight points each, followed by seven from Devin Kenney. Brycen Graber and Karsen Boyd added four points each, followed by three from Kayden Graber, two from Aaron Wagler, and one point by Jacob Wagler.

Thompson, whose team entered the game a decided favorite, credited his team with how it approached the contest and also gave credit to the Vikings’ opponent.

“That’s the thing that you want, you want your top five or six kids to get some reps, because if they don’t, it’s like they missed an entire day of practice,” said Thompson. “There were also a couple of things that we wanted to work on that we’ve been practicing, and that’s never a bad thing.

“But I thought those guys were very business like, and I thought our reserves that came in did a real nice job,” said Thompson. “I’m going to give John’s kids a lot of credit. I felt like for 32 minutes they tried to do the things that John was wanting them do to, even down to the last offensive possession they had. That’s the mark of a team that’s well coached and well disciplined. Every though they’re not winning a bunch of basketball games they’re still trying to do things the right way. Ultimately that’s what it’s all about.”

Washington Catholic was led by nine points from Dominique Marner, followed by three from Nick Walker and two points from Jacob Young. Cardinals coach John Howell credited his team with the effort they exhibited against the Vikings.

“They’ve done this all year long, they played very hard playing against a very good basketball team. Just a little bit disappointed in a couple of things we’ve been working on in practice. We came to get better tonight. There were some things we did but some things we’ve been working on all year long we didn’t do tonight,” said Howell. “We’ve switched ball screens, they got loose on a ton of ball screens because of lack of communication.

“Overall the kids give it night in and night out. We had two kids that are normally here that weren’t tonight, Eli Bowling is out with a knee injury and Canaan Ingram is out sick,” said Howell. “So we pretty played with six kids tonight, so I give those guys a lot of credit.”

Barr-Reeve claimed the JV game 80-8. Christian Smith topped five Vikings in double figures with 16 points, followed by 14 from Kidwell, 12 by Will Craig, 11 from Colton Stoll, and 10 from Boyd. WC was led by seven points from Will Bassler.

Barr-Reeve returns to action on Friday at South Knox. Washington Catholic will host Loogootee on Tuesday.

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