Feb. 10—MARANGO — The Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings knew that their hard road through sectional would only get harder at Regional, as they faced 25-1 No. 1 Lanesville on Saturday in Crawford County, in the day's second game of the Class A Regional.
However, it may have been Lanesville that found themselves with the uneasy path on Saturday. Although B-R ended up falling 48-31, they threw a scare into the No. 1 team all afternoon.
"I don't think the score was a good indication of the game. I think we had it down to four at one point and played well most of the game. I can't say enough about this group of girls, they worked so hard. And they executed our game plan to a tee. We just got beat by the better team and they just had a little too much firepower. They have six girls that can do it all. They can all dribble, all pass and they can all shoot. They're gonna go far I expect them to be in the state championship game again this year. And I'm just glad that we were able to compete with them. Maybe not for 32 minutes, but for a large portion of that game," said B-R coach Lacey Higgins.
"Olivia Emmons shot the lights out tonight for us and Hannah Bledsoe, even though she was out way down there in the post, I felt like she worked well and she kind of showed that she has an inside-outside game.
"I mean, I can't say enough about my seniors and we have seven on the floor. They're a great group and we're gonna we're going miss them next year. Today was a learning experience. Anytime you're on the floor with the No.1 team, you've got to learn from it and it shows what its going to take to win."
B-R got 12 points from junior Olivia Emmons and 11 from junior Hannah Bledsoe, but the Lady Eagles had just a little too much firepower, getting 23 from Hadley Crosier, 14 from Shelby Allen and 10 from Ava Kerr.
The Lady Vikes opened with the lead after a deep trey from O Emmons and a bucket from Bledsoe to make it 5-0. Emma Knepp connected on a long ball as well to make it 8-4. However, with 2:30 left in the quarter, the Eagles had wrestled the lead back to 9-8. Emmons continued to take the big shot to go up 11-9, but the next seven points would belong to Lanesville's Ava Kerr, and the Lady Eagles would end the first quarter up 16-11.
Three turnovers early in the second quarter allowed LHS to take a 20-11 advantage. Bledsoe continued to be a force in the paint defensively, however it took until the 1:05 of the quarter for B-R to score, as Emmons connected on her third 3-pointer, but Lanesville still led 25-14 at the half.
The second half unfolded slowly, with just a basket from LHS in the first 2:30. However, Bledsoe added the next five points for the Vikes and B-R trimmed the margin to 19-27. The shooting slump continued for the Lady Eagles, and after Emmons fourth triple, B-r was only down by five. Crosier had a pair of unanswered baskets, but B-R clawed back to 24-31. Crosier had all eight Eagle points during the quarter as they would take a nine-point lead into the final quarter, 33-24.
Barr-Reeve continued to put pressure on the Eagles, but between guard Crosier and center Shelby Allen, Lanesville began to pull away.
Late in the quarter, senior Willow Thompson added a Viking basket and Elle Knepp had a triple, while Bledsoe had the final basket of the season for B-R, as they fell 48-31.
B-R also got three points each from Emma and Elle Knepp and two from Willow Thompson. B-R ended its season at 13-13.