HUNTINGBURG — For the third time this season, the Class A Barr-Reeve Vikings faced a No. 1 team from a larger class. However, this time the game wouldn’t need overtime to decided the victor. In fact, it really didn’t even need a second half, as B-R used a 9-0 run at the end of the first half to pull ahead and take a lead they would never give up in the 59-35 win over 3A No. 1 Heritage Hills at Southridge’s Memorial Gym on Saturday night.
B-R had 15 points from Bellarmine-bound Curt Hopf, but it was also the timely scoring and defense from Jamison Miller, Tommy Kidwell and Tyson Knepp off the bench that helped set the tone for the victory.
“We didn’t do anything flashy tonight. We just played good Barr-Reeve basketball is what I would say. I thought our movement offensively tonight was really good at times, other times it’s more stagnant, but it was probably our best effort with attention to detail on the scouting report. I thought Tyson Knepp came in and did a great job for us on the defensive end when Curt got in foul trouble. And, that’s prototypical of what I’m talking about. Because, Tyson didn’t do anything flashy, he just really worked hard early to get good defensive position,” said B-R coach Josh Thompson.
“It goes back to all eight of our guys that played tonight made a big contributions. None of those guys care who scores the points, who gets rebounds. It’s just go out there and let’s take care of business and I think a guy like Devin Graber who played really well for us in the first half, probably got us kick started offensively with some good moves to the basket. He didn’t play much down the stretch, but that was because other guys were given us big minutes and that’s Barr-Reeve basketball.”
Devin Graber opened the game with a traditional 3-point play, but seven of the next eight points came from Heritage Hills. However, with the help of Brycen Graber, Hagen Knepp and Curt Hopf, the Vikings were able to tie the game at 7-all with four minutes to play in the first. Miller gave the Vikes a lead at 9-7, between Blake Sisley and Alex Schaefer, The Patriots pushed the margin to 13-9 lead. However a late 3-pointer from Tyson Knepp cut into the margin and backed it down to 15-11 at the end of the first quarter.
A Hagen Knepp trey helped open the second and Brycen Graber kept it within a point. Miller’s second trey of the night tied it at 20-all with 3:45 left in the half. After being tied at 22-all, B-R began a 37-13 run that would lead to the win.
Hopf added a pair of interior baskets, along with a basket from Tyson Knepp to give the Vikes a 26-22 lead with 2:13. Miller added the final trey of the half to send the Vikings into the half with the 31-22 lead. U of E signee Sisley took the first half battle of the DI big men with Hopf, with a 15-7 scoring advantage, but Hopf had the spark with six points during the Vikings’ 9-0 run at the end of the quarter.
Brycen Graber added three points to the Vikings scoring run to open the third, but Hopf did pick up his third foul in the first minute of the quarter. Hopf remained in and added a trey to make it 39-24. Kayden Graber added trey of his own as B-R went up by 18 with 3:00 left in the third. Kidwell made his presence known immediately by taking a charge and draining two treys. Although HH did hit a pair of treys late in the quarter, B-R was still able to go into the final minutes with a 52-34 lead.
An interior bucket from Hopf put the Vikes up by 20, while moments later he added his second trey to make it 57-34. Knepp would close out the 20-point fourth quarter and secure win.
Sisley led all scorers with 22 points, while B-R was led by Hopf with 15, Brycen Graber added 12, Miller added eight, Kidwell and Hagen Knepp had six each, Devin Graber had five, Tyson Knepp added four, and Kayden Graber had three.
The Vikings travel to Shoals on Friday and host Castle on Saturday. There was no JV game played.