Varsity Weekend Wrap-up

Feb. 12—Basketball

Boys Games

North Daviess 53, North Knox 35

Washington 49, Bloomfield 47

Barr-Reeve 47, South Knox 40 OT

Loogootee 58, Mitchell 49

Washington Catholic 29, WRV 79

Girls Games

Crawford County Semi-State

Washington 57, Gibson Southern 40

Barr-Reeve 31, Lanesville 48

Cougars win over Warriors 53-35

BICKNELL — North Daviess performed well on the road Friday night as the Cougs handled North Knox, 53-35. The contest started slowly, and with 2:41 remaining before halftime, ND fronted just 19-12. However, a personal seven-point scoring spree from senior Travis Raber followed by classmate Luke Marner's three-point play swiftly boosted the margin at intermission to 29-12; the Cougs cruised to their 13th victory with a solid second half against the host Warriors.

Landon Swartzentruber totaled a season-high 15 points with a variety of post moves to go with 5-6 free throw shooting. Sophomore Collin Lengacher provided eight of his 14 markers in the final frame while Raber added 12 to give ND a trio of double figure scorers. North Daviess dominated the rebounding department as well — a massive 26-8 difference versus North Knox, including 11 offensive boards for the visitors. Lengacher snatched eight, Swartentruber seven, and Raber a half-dozen caroms.

The Cougar JV dropped a disappointing preliminary affair 32-30. This week, the Cougs (13-7) host Northeast Dubois on Tuesday evening and then WRV arrives on Friday for Senior Night.

Byrd, Whitehead fall short at semi-state

EVANSVILLE — Washington wrestlers Brady Byrd and Jackson Whitehead fell short at the Ford Center Wrestling Semi-State on Saturday morning.

In the 106 lb. class, Byrd beat Aiden Woods of Franklin with a tech fall, but lost to Reece Malone of Monrovia by decision, 6-2. Byrd ended his season at 43-2.

Whitehead lost to Reese Courtney of Center Grove with a fall at 4:31. He ended his season at 34-9. Wrestlers had to win their first two matches to advance.

The overall team winner was Brownsburg with 199 points, followed by Center Grove with 190.5. WHS tied for the 28th spot.

The IHSAA State Finals will also be at the Ford Center on Friday.

Vikes win in OT

BICKNELL — Late in the third quarter of Friday night's Blue Chip Conference game at South Knox, it looked like a conference title might be slipping away from Barr-Reeve. Trailing 34-23 with under a minute left, the Vikings got themselves back in the game.

A pair of free throws, and a last second triple from Seth Wagler cut the deficit to 34-28. The Vikes turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth, and a blocked shot from Evan Wehmeier and a Donnie Miller free throw tied the score at 38-38 with 2:30 left. Nobody was able to score through the end of regulation, and the game headed to overtime.

In overtime, the Vikings grabbed their first lead since early in the game as Miller hit Kendall Graber for a fast break layup and a 42-40 lead. Barr-Reeve would not allow the Spartans to score again, and closed the game at the free-throw line, and stayed perfect in conference with a 47-40 victory.

"South Knox really put us in a hole with their shooting, and we were over-rotating and over-helping early on, and they made shots. Give credit to our guys for digging in, and making plays late in the game and overtime. Our guys are tough kids, and it showed late," said Viking coach Josh Thompson.

Wagler led all scorers with a game-high 15, and was followed by Miller with 13, while Braydon Knepp ended with nine.

The Vikings also claimed the JV contest by a 42-31 score. Barr-Reeve will return to action with a busy slate of games this week. Tuesday night is a make-up game at home against Wood Memorial, and will be on the road Friday at Rivet, and back home on Saturday for Southridge.