MONTGOMERY — Rivet post players Anna Herman and Lauren Carie scored 15 and 13 points, and that was just enough for the Patriots to counter Barr-Reeve's long-range shooting in a 36-34 Blue Chip Conference win on Saturday.
It was a career-high for the freshman Herman. Addison Ainscough and Tracy Stoll each hit three 3-pointers to lead the Vikings with 13 and nine points, and the team finished with eight trifectas.
Rivet (11-4, 4-1 Blue Chip) trailed by as many as nine in the second quarter before pulling even by halftime.
“We didn't get off the bus. We made a few adjustments, but (Barr-Reeve coach) Mark (Holt) deserves a lot of credit. He had them well-prepared,” Rivet coach Rick Marshall said. “Our girls just seemed tired playing a third game this week, especially coming off a 4A opponent (Jasper) Monday and the No. 1 team (2A, Linton) Thursday. We were sluggish and not penetrating.
“With our size, we should hurt people with our high-low (offense), and that's what we ended up doing. It was a big game for Anna. She's really developed, and I was pleased with how she was demanding the ball. Lauren had a nice game, and she hit a big bucket for us in the fourth when we needed it.”
Ainscough drained a 3 to tie it at 31 midway through the final stanza, but Carie answered with a three-point play, and she added another two to make it 36-31 with 2:22 showing. After Carie fouled out with a 1:30 to go, Stoll canned a trifecta to cut the gap to two. The Patriots ran off over 30 seconds before the lane opened for Kenadee Frey, but she missed the contested layup.
Barr-Reeve (6-4, 1-2) appeared to be holding for the final shot, but Ainscough missed one from close range with seven seconds left. The rebound caromed out of bounds, giving possession to Rivet, and Maddi Halter was fouled on the inbounds pass. Halter missed the ensuing free throw, giving the Vikings a final chance, but they didn't get a shot away.
“I have to give my kids credit. They did a good job of pressuring them,” Marshall said of the Vikings' final possession.
Rivet had the game's first three points, but the Vikings tallied the next eight to go up 8-3 after one. An Ainscough 3-pointer made it 15-6 before the Patriots found their offense. Herman had six and Carie four in the stanza to tie at halftime, 17-17. Rivet's biggest lead was 29-22, but a Hannah Graber three-point play pulled the Vikings within 29-25 by the end of the quarter.
Barr-Reeve's junior varsity won, 24-21. Kenzie Willis scored nine to lead Rivet (4-7).
The Patriots host Class A No. 6 Loogootee at 6 p.m. Thursday.
RIVET 36, BARR-REEVE 34
Carie (f) 6 1-2 13, Weiss (f) 2 1-2 6, A. Herman (c) 6 3-6 15, Halter (g) 1 0-1 2, Gerkin (g) 0 0-0 0, Frey 0 0-0 0, K. Herman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 5-11 36.
Wagler (f) 0 0-0 0, Ainscough (f) 5 0-2 13, H. Graber (c) 2 1-1 6, Trambaugh (g) 1 3-4 6, Stoll (g) 3 0-0 9, B. Graber 0 0-0 0, Madison 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 4-7 34.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Rivet |3-14-12-7 — 36
Barr-Reeve |8-9-8-9 — 34
3-pointers: Rivet 1 (Weiss), Barr-Reeve 8 (Ainscough 3, Stoll 3, Trambaugh, H.Graber). Fouls: Rivet 13, Barr-Reeve 12. Fouled out: Carie. JV: Barr-Reeve 24-21.