Vikes split at Greene County

Jan. 5—SWITZ CITY — Both the Barr-Reeve boys' and girls' basketball teams entered the Greene County tournament again on Thursday night, and both played a common opponent — The Shakamak Lakers. Cold shooting and pesky Laker (12-4) defense helped them claim the girls' game, 38-33, while the Viking boys jumped on Shakamak (6-5) from the tip, and rolled to a 70-29 victory.

The girls' game was a defensive struggle from the outset, as the Laker full-court pressure, and the Vikings sticky zone defense made it hard for either team to score. Trailing 34-33 with just over a minute, the Lakers forced a pair of Viking turnovers down the stretch, and a pair of free throws, and a layup at the buzzer accounted for the final score of 38-33.

Barr-Reeve falls to 6-9 on the season with the loss, and will be back in action against Shoals in the consolation bracket on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.

Ava Carter led the Viking attack both offensively and on the glass. The senior finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Hannah Bledsoe ended with 10. The Vikes controlled the glass with a 25-15 rebounding advantage, but shot only 35% from the field on the night.

In the boys' tilt, the Vikings wasted little time showing their dominance. The Vikings dialed from long distance four times in the first quarter for a 17-6 advantage, and twice more in the second period to lead 31-16 at halftime.

A 23-9 spurt in the third quarter allowed the Vikes to lead 54-25 heading to the final period, and Barr-Reeve quickly started the quarter on a 10-2 run to move the game into running clock territory as they cruised to the 70-29 win. The Vikings improved to 9-1 on the year with the win, and will play White River Valley at 7:30 on Saturday night.

Seth Wagler led the Viking attack with a game- high 16 points, and was followed by Donnie Miller with 12, and Evan Wehmeier who finished with 11. After Saturday night, the Vikes will be on the road Tuesday night at Washington Catholic, and on Friday night at Loogootee.