Vikes advance to semi-state finals

Mar. 16—No. 1 Barr-Reeve continued its incredible run through the Class A top 7 teams in the state. On Saturday morning, B-R added the No. 2 team in Class A, to go with Nos. 3, 4 and 7, as they beat Evansville Christian, 54-44 in the second game of the Class A semi-state.

Although EVC's Josiah Dunham posted 33 points, Barr-Reeve continued to share the basketball, putting nearly four players in double figure and out-rebounding the much bigger Eagles. B-R was led by Braydon Knepp with 15 points, Donnie Miller with 13, Kendall Graber with 10, Seth Wagler with nine and Evan Wehmeier netted seven.

EVC was able to pull out to an 8-0 lead as they were able to use their size to keep B-R off the boards in the first few minutes.

The Vikes got their first points from Wehmeier with 3:43 left in the first. Knepp picked up the next four points and B-R cut the margin to 10-6. The quarter would end with EVC taking an 11-7 lead into the second quarter, as B-R ended the quarter on a 7-3 run.

Miller cut it to 9-11 early in the second, while Knepp and Graber added triples and B-R took a 15-13 lead. The Eagles stayed ice cold on the floor and a bucket from Wehmeier put the Vikes up 17-15. Unfortunately, with two minutes left in the half Miller picked up his third foul. Wagler made it 19-15 giving the Vikes a four-point led at the half. After starting the game 3-3 from the floor, EVC went 3-21 the rest of the half.

Miller added a pair of triples and B-R took its biggest lead at 25-19. Graber added a 3-ball of his own and even though Dunham added a triple, Wagler responded with a basket to make it a three point lead. EC tied it at 30-all but Miller added a buzzer beater to send them into the final quarter up 32-30.

Viking shooting stayed hot with baskets from Knepp and Wagler and B-R went up 38-32 with 5:30 left. Dunham picked up his fourth foul and Miller connected on another 3-ball as B-R extended its lead.

Wehmeier added free throws and B-R pushed it to 44-38 with 2:34 left.

Although Miller fouled out in the final 58 seconds, B-R began a march to the charity stripe and the 54-44 victory.

In the first semi-final game, Bethesda Christian used 15 points from Cooper Jackson to hold off Greenwood Christian, 53-35. Greenwood got 20 from Max Booher.