Coming off its worse loss of the season last Thursday, Rivet responded on Monday how one might expect a top-five team to respond.
Meredith Weiss scored seven of her career high 16 points in a 24-0 start, and the Class 2A No. 5 Patriots blasted Barr-Reeve, 61-30, for a Blue Chip Conference girls basketball win at Holscher Gym.
Maddi Halter and Macee Hamilton joined Weiss in double figures with 11 and 10 points. The Patriots (13-4, 6-0 BCC) also welcomed back senior Tia Tolbert, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury. She didn't start, but still managed seven points.
It was a much better effort from Rivet than its last outing Thursday, when it was downed by 2A No. 3 Linton, 65-43.
“Meredith kind of set the tone, Maddi chimed in, and it was sure nice to get Tia back in there,” Rivet coach Rick Marshall said. “Caroline (Herman) did a good job of running the show, and Lauren (Carie) was the chairman of the boards. She did a great job in there.
“(Barr-Reeve) played us hard in the sectional last year, and they do a great job of scouting and being prepared, so it was a real nice first half for us to get off to that start. Once we got up by 20, we stopped pressing, but when we were doing it, we caused a lot of problems, and I liked to see that.”
Macee Hamilton netted a 3-pointer on the Patriots' first possession, and the lead was intact throughout. Weiss had seven of the team's first 12 points, and Halter scored six as Rivet had six tally in the 24-0 start. Addison Ainscough netted a late 3-pointer to end Barr-Reeve's 7:30 drought, and the 24-3 margin carried into the second. Kenadee Frey buried a pair of 3-pointers to close the half to take the lead to 37-12.
Weiss scored nine in the first half, and her trifecta to open the second half keyed a 9-0 start. Ainscough again stopped the run with a hoop, and the Vikings strung together seven straight points to get within 48-21. Rivet answered with its own burst however and took the lead back to 53-21 by the quarter stop.
“It was a big night for Meredith. I knew she was capable of this before her knee injury, but to see her do it tonight was big,” Marshall said. “Now she knows she can do it. Maddi had a nice game, and it was a good bounce-back for Macee.”
Rivet's junior varsity was defeated, 23-20. Cadence Mills had five points for the Patriots (8-5), and Gracie Winegar, Frey and Kenzie Willis scored four.
The Patriots visit Class A No. 1 Loogootee at 6 p.m. Thursday.
RIVET 61, BARR-REEVE 30
Stoll (f) 0 0-0 0, H. Graber (f) 3 1-1 8, Bullock (g) 1 0-0 3, M. Wagler (g) 2 1-2 6, Ainscough (g) 5 0-0 11, Trambaugh 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, B. Graber 0 0-0 0, Harrison 0 0-0 0, Weins 0 0-0 0, McDaniel 0 0-0 0, N. Wagler 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 2-3 30.
Carie (f) 3 0-0 6, Halter (f) 5 1-1 11, Weiss (c) 4 6-6 16, Hamilton (g) 2 5-6 10, Herman (g) 2 0-0 4, Tolbert 3 0-0 7, Mills 0 0-0 0, Frey 2 0-0 6, Willis 0 0-0 0, A. McGuire 0 1-2 1, Lowe 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 13-15 61.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Barr-Reeve |3-9-9-9 — 30
Rivet |24-13-16-8 — 61
3-pointers: Barr-Reeve 4 (Bullock, M. Wagler, Ainscough, H. Graber), Rivet 6 (Frey 2, Weiss 2, Hamilton, Tolbert). Fouls: Barr-Reeve 14, Rivet 9. JV: Barr-Reeve 23-20.