So how they respond after a week of practices will go a long way in deciding how the rest of the season progresses for the Knights who dropped to No. 11 in Class 4A this week.
The Knights will have Friday night off for the first time since the beginning of their schedule and will likely need the rest for their long trip to Brown County.
The Eagles come into the contest with a 7-4 mark overall and a 2-1 WIC record. The last time the two squads met, the game resulted in a shootout that was in doubt through the halftime break before Northview grad, Clay Huffman exploded in the second half. The Knights trailed 39-38 at halftime before Huffman went off for a career-high 36 points as Northview flew away to a 93-76 victory.
Brown County held this years Knights' leading scoring duo Zach Keyes and Logan Whitman to a combined 20 points in that game so how they fare this time round will be key to the Knights' hopes for victory.
The Eagles have the senior leadership that the Knights had last year with seven soon-to-be grads on the varsity roster.
They also resemble the Knights with their defensive quickness and smallish guards that like to run the court.
Against Owen Valley last Friday the Eagles forced 17 turnovers as the Brown County defense forced the Patriots into a tempo the Eagles were more comfortable playing.
Brown County eventually shot 27-of-32 from the freethrow line to make up for a 37-25 rebounding disadvantage versus the much taller Patriots.
Forwards Brett Miller and Cole Smith did much of the scoring damage for the Eagles with 22 and 17 points respectively.
With a roster that includes just two players over 6'2, the Eagles are a favorable matchup for Northview, but how the Knight defense responds to the challenge is key.
Terre Haute South drove the lane at will against the Knights with guard Armon Bassett punching a 25 point hole in Northview's defense. Brown County doesn't have a Bassett but they do have the quickness to play the drive and dish game that has hurt Northview this season.
The Knights were obviously crestfallen after their loss on Friday and nearly stumbled on Saturday versus the 1-11 South Vermillion Wildcats. Northview needed a 34 point fourth quarter to finally subdue their WIC foes. So they need to refocus on the challenge at hand, a hungry bunch of Eagles who are still in the thick of the conference hunt.
The junior varsity tipoff will be at 6 p.m. at Brown County High School Saturday night.