The Edgewood Mustangs barely had a chance to break a sweat on Saturday night before the Northview Knights had effectively run them out of the gym. The Knights hit their first 16 shots of the game and tallied 34 first quarter points on the way to a 97-53 Western Indiana Conference win. The victory gives the Knights a 6-0 mark overall, 2-0 in the WIC heading into the Wabash Valley Classic.
Northview forced 10 first quarter Mustang turnovers and made all 14 shots they took in the opening stanza on their way to a 34-10 lead. Logan Whitman hit a pair of 3-pointers, scoring eight points in the quarter. Zach Keyes added nine more to go with Travis Hughes' eight in the early barrage.
The Knights were on fire most of the night, making 63.5 percent (40-of-63) from the field, including nine 3-pointers, five by Whitman. Northview led 53-21 at the half as three Knights were already in double figures at the break.
The only thing in question the second half was whether the Knights were going to hit 100 points in the game.
While they didn't hit the century mark with most of their starters sitting out during the majority of the fourth quarter, they did get some quality minutes from their bench.
Dan Hoover got plenty of fourth quarter minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing six boards. Matt Brand came off the bench to knock down a pair from long range as part of a seven point game. Ryan Bitzegaio was tough underneath all game long especially on the boards. He would pull down seven while scoring five points. Tyler Akers had eight points in the game, including two fieldgoals from beyond the arc, part of nine in the game for Northview.
Whitman would lead the Knights in scoring with a 27 point evening and Keyes would add another 17. Hughes poured in 14 and every Knight who played had four or more points.
The Knights will take a brief break before heading to Terre Haute South High School to defend their Wabash Valley Classic title beginning on Thursday. The Knights will open play at 1 p.m. versus Sullivan.
Northview's girls' program continued their success this season in the opener of the boy/girl doubleheader on Saturday night. The Knights downed the Mustangs 57-53 to move to 9-4 overall this season.
The game was a close affair until the final period when Northview stretched a one point, 44-43, advantage into a 53-43 bulge that started with a Julie Whitted hoop underneath. Whitney Medworth then stole the inbound pass and converted the hoop and a foul shot to open a 49-43 gap.
The Mustangs responded by turning the ball over on their next two possessions. Whitted converted the first as part of her 13 point, 11 rebound and four block evening. Heather Palmer nailed a pair of free throws on the next to cement the advantage.
Edgewood would creep within 55-51, but Northview would hold on for the win.
The victory for Northview came despite being in foul trouble for much of the game.
Medworth, Whitted and Erica Koehler all picked up three early fouls against a sizable, athletic Mustang front line.
Edgewood's Sarah Thompson (5'11") and Jessica Porter (6'0") each gave the Knights fits in the game.
Thompson dominated inside versus the Knights, scoring 24 points on eight-of-17 shooting from the field and eight-of-10 from the line. She would also add 17 rebounds. Porter would pour in 10 points to go with another eight boards.
Northview's bench came through with some excellent minutes in helping the Knights weather the Mustang storm.
Heather Palmer scored just four points but gave the Knights some athletic defense on Porter and Thompson and Rachel Deal and Sara Frazier harassed the Edgewood guards into 18 turnovers.
The Knights would also get 13 points, 11 in the second half, from Medworth and another 11 from Amy Thiemann. Koehler also had 11 as four of five starters had double figure scoring.