Vikes take 2 from WC

Jan. 9—The No. 2 Barr-Reeve Vikes had no trouble staying perfect in the Blue Chip with a 79-24 win over Washington Catholic in the Birdcage. The Vikes took both ends of a boy-girl doubleheader.

"I was proud of my boys. B-R is such a good team. Tthey play so well together and with such a high IQ," said WC coach Billy Nolley.

"We had a lot of turnovers, but I felt like played a lot better against their second and third lineup. I think we are improving from the beginning of the year."

Viking coach Josh Thompson felt like his team played well to start the game.

"I was proud of the way we came out to start the game. I thought we were very focused. I thought we looked sharp to open and we took care of business. I thought WC's guards played well."

The Vikes opened with three buckets from Seth Wagler and three points from Evan Wehmeier to take a 9-0 lead, the Vikings continued to score off turnovers as Wehmeier Braydon Knepp and Wagler made it 22-0. The Vikes continued to 25-0 but Justin Sipes added a basket to get WC on the board, but B-R finish off the quarter at 27-2.

Kendall Graber and Wagler opened a 6-0 run in the second. Halter added a WC 3-pointer but with 4:07 left in the half B-R was up 44-8 as Thompson began to work in his bench.

B-R continued to score, as baskets from Miller Thompson and Jake Pauw pushed the lead to 50-8. Sipes put up his fifth point of quarter and Halter added a trey but B-R led 54-13 and would earn a running clock in the second half.

Knepp, Wehmeier and Graber helped push the lead to 50, however, Thompson quickly replaced his first five with four minutes to play in the third. The went on a 13-2 run during the quarter and went into the final 8:00 with a 67-15 lead.

Pauw added an interior basket and Alex Wagler added a free throw as B-R made it 72-17. Pauw continued to play tough in the paint as B-R took home the 78-24 win.

WC got all of its scoring from Halter with 12, Sipes with nine and Abu Asker with three.

BR put Seth Wagler, Kendal Graber, Donnie Miller, Evan Wehmeier and Jacob Pauw all in double figures, while Braydon Knepp added nine. Also scoring for B-R was Korben Boyd, Alex Wagler and Keiston Lengacher.

The Vikings take on Loogootee Friday at Jack Butcher Arena.

Lady Cardinals 11, Lady Vikings 68

The Lady Vikings (8-9) opened the Tuesday doubleheader with a 68-11 win in the Birdcage. B-R put 11 players into the scoring column, while limiting WC (0-14) to just four field goals.

The Vikings picked up 15 points from Willow Thompson, Paighton Parsons had 13 and Hannah Bledsoe had 10. B-R also picked up eight from Emma Knepp, six from Ava Carter and five from Olivia Emmons. Also scoring for B-R was Elle Knepp, Kennedy Sinnott, Caitlyn Kribs, Mariah Brunson and Katelyn Stevens.

WC got three each from Ava Babrick and Tara Vertus, two each from Grace Drew and Madison McCracken and one from Julisa Villagran.

"I thought the girls came out with good energy and hit some shots. Paighton and Willow came out and got some things going. We'll get back at it tomorrow and have a big game on Thursday," said B-R coach Lacey Higgins.

The Lady Vikes opened with a 5-0 lead, after buckets from Thompson, Knepp and a free throw from Stevens. Thompson and Bledsoe pushed it to 9-0 before Grace Drew put WC on the scoreboard.

Thompson and Liv Emmons both went deep for the Vikes, free throws also came from Elle Knepp and Bledsoe as B-R built a 21-3 lead at the end of the first.

WC also picked up a point from Tera Vertus.

B-R went on a 7-0 run to open the second quarter, while Parson added two triples and B-R moved the lead to 33-5 with five minutes left in the half. Carter and Bledsoe and Thompson pushed the lead to 34. Thompson picked up the final two baskets of your half and B-R went up by 40 and would started the second half with an IHSAA mandated running clock.

Emmons used a nifty move under the basket to open the scoring, followed by a transition basket to make it 49-5. Madison McCracken picked up the lone WC bucket during the quarter to make it 53-7.

B-R's Brunson knocked down a long ball to make it 56-7 and open the fourth. Caitlyn Kribs and Parsons made it 65-7, but Julisa Villagran added another point for WC. Stevens and Kennedy Sinnott finished off B-R's scoring, while Ava Babrick added a 3 ball in the final seconds to make it 68-11.