Size, size and more size. Something that the Northview Knights haven't face a whole lot of this season. Only once has a team come in to a game with more lineup length then the Mooresville Pioneers do for Friday evening's game. The Owen Valley Patriots brought several players 6'4 or taller into their contest with Northview, but missing was 6'10 Casey Neal and a pair of other players weren't at 100 % due to illness.
This week the Pioneers visit the Knights with three players listed at 6'6 or taller and all have experience.
Chris Dougherty is a 6'7 junior center/forward while David Yaraschefski is a 6'6 forward/center and Matt Lawson also measures in at 6'6 as a center.
In last season's game, the Pioneers' Yarashcefski dominated the Knights with a 10-of-15 shooting performance from the field and a 20 point, 11 rebound evening.
Northview trailed by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter as Mooresville reeled off an 18-0 run to end the third quarter. But the Knights rebounded in the final period to close within two points with 11 seconds left. Zach Keyes knocked down the winning 3-pointer with just two ticks left on the clock.
The Pioneers had struggled to that point last season with just a 2-13 record and head into Friday's game with nearly the same mark. So don't expect the Knights to get an easy win.
Logan Whitman led the team in scoring in last year's Mooresville game, tallying 21 points, including four 3-pointers.
He's been gearing up his game of late, with a 34 point performance Friday night at Sullivan, including the winning freethrows, that helped the Knights clinch their second consecutive Western Indiana Conference title. Those final charity shots also pushed him across the 1,000 point barrier for his career.
The Knights will likely need a big night from him on the perimeter to help counter the inside presence the Pioneers are sure to boast in matching up with Zach Keyes.
Northview will also need Josh Timm, Amos Wegner and Travis Hughes to penetrate in the middle, keeping the Mooresville guards honest outside.
The Knights are 15-1 overall this season and finished the WIC with a perfect 6-0 mark, this would not be the time to let up in what has been an excellent season.