TERRE HAUTE -- When Northview and West Vigo get together in any sport the contest tends to be a hard fought battle for whomever wins on a given night. Friday night was no exception as both the girls and boys squads for Northview survived very game Viking opponents.
In the boys contest, the Vikings held tough with the Knights, even leading late in the third period by a point before Northview rode an explosive 14-2 run into the midway point of the fourth quarter for a 77-59 victory.
For the girls, the result was much the same as the boys.
The Lady Knights struggled with their shots for much of the game as the winless Vikings hung around until the second half before retiring with a 60-31 WIC defeat.
Northview's boys team opened with a strong 20 point opening quarter as Logan Whitman knocked down a trio of 3-pointers for a nine point lead through eight minutes. But the Vikings, after losing by 33 points last year on the Knight's court, wouldn't go quietly.
West Vigo held the Knights to just four-of-12 shooting from the field in the second quarter while they put together a 20 point second period to close the gap to just 34-31 at the half.
Wilbur Adams hit two 3-pointers in the quarter, part of his 12 point night, and the Vikings hit over 50 percent of their fieldgoal attempts (six-of-11) in the period.
But in the third, things got even dicier for Northview as diminutive West Vigo guard Andrew Bahr used all of his 5'8 frame to complete a pair of 3-point plays, the second of which gave the Vikings the lead at 41-40.
The score would remain close throughout the period before Whitman scored his only basket of the quarter on a baseline drive and Zach Keyes completed a 3-point play of his own for a 50-46 advantage.
Keyes would extend the Knight's lead early in the fourth quarter with a rebound basket before a Craig Greenwood hoop and Whitman 3-pointer helped give the Knights an advantage they would not relinquish.
For the game, Whitman scored a season-high 29 points, including 12 in the first quarter and 13 in the final period, highlighted by a game-ending dunk. Keyes would add 17 points and nine rebounds for Northview (4-0 overall, 2-0 WIC). Josh Timm (11 points) and Greenwood (10 points) would also hit double-figures in scoring for Northview who meets Danville at home tonight beginning with the junior varsity at 6:30 p.m.
In the girls contest, the Knights still struggling to get healthy, faced a physical West Vigo squad that wouldn't go away until the third period.
The Knights forced seven turnovers in the period and got points from five different players to take a 39-25 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Whitney Medworth would score five of her game-high 15 points and Julie Whitted pulled down four rebounds and added four points to get the 29 point victory.
Whitted had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Medworth dished out seven assists. Erica Koehler added eight points as nine Knights got into the scoring column.
Northview's girls (5-3 overall, 1-1 WIC) will face Terre Haute North on the road Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m.