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Oh so close for Knights

Monday, March 15, 2004

Hopeful Northview fans and players watch the final minutes of the regional title game versus Bloomington North on Saturday night.

-Northview can't overcome Cougars in regional title game-

SEYMOUR -- The Northview Knights are used to being the ones to hit the big shots in a game, but in Saturday night's Seymour Regional Championship game it was Bloomington North that hit their final eight free throws of the game for a 55-48 over a valiant Northview squad.

The Knights held off a hard charging New Albany squad in the afternoon's semifinal game while the Cougars advanced to the title game with a 64-47 overtime win over Evansville Central.

In the title game, Bloomington North used their height advantage to halt Northview's inside game and the Knight's couldn't quite find the range from outside that they had in the afternoon's game.

"Playing two games in one day is challenging," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "Our legs just weren't there (in the title game)."

Despite struggling with their shooting to the tune of just 29 percent (17-of-59) from the field, Northview was in the game nearly to the very end thanks to a lot of heart and hustle from their team.

Bloomington North got some hot shooting from senior guard Anthony Lindsey in the first half and took a 31-23 lead into the halftime break. Lindsey hit five of his eight shots in the half for 16 points and opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 34-23.

Josh Timm answered with a 3-pointer and after a basket by Logan Whitman another by Zach Keyes sandwiched around hoops from Bil Duany and Josh Norris, the Knights trailed by eight points at 38-30.

It was then that Whitman, the Knight's leading scorer, picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

But despite having one of their leaders on the bench, the Knights rallied around a basket by Nick Wells off a Matt Brand steal and a driving hoop from Timm to get within 40-34 heading to the final quarter.

Brand narrowed the gap to 40-36 after a steal, but Cougar sophomore Jake Macy drilled a 3-pointer to push the advantage back to 43-36 before Whitman returned to the game with 6:54 left.

Timm responded with another basket to get Northview fans back in the game and Lindsey hit one-of-two free throws, but Timm knocked down another 3-pointer and Whitman added three free throws around a Reed Ludlow basket to close the Cougar lead to 46-44.

With the Northview fans rocking the arena, an offensive foul by Macy at the other end returned the ball to the Knights who had a chance to pull even or take the lead.

However, the Knights got three shots from close range on the trip but the Cougars rebounded the ball and spread the floor on offense. Ludlow found his way open on the baseline, drew a foul and hit both free throws for a 48-44 lead and the Knights charge seemed to lose steam.

"That's a testament to our kids that we were in the game," commented Lancaster afterwards. "We came down and had two or three tries but couldn't put the ball in the hole."

Another Northview miss returned the ball to the Cougars and Duany, who'd missed both his previous free throws in the game, hit a pair of shots and followed that up with two more to open the gap to 52-44. The Knights in turn would miss the front end of a one-and-one and another pair of charity tosses to seal the final result of the game.

"Our kids wanted this. With three minutes to go, down by two. We just couldn't quite get it done. It doesn't change what we accomplished."

What the Knights accomplished is impressive in itself before considering that beginning with coach Jon Crooks final year at the helm and ending with Lancaster's two years, the graduating class of seven seniors strung together a 63-11 record in the past three seasons culminating in Saturday's regional championship berth.

"We all love them," Lancaster said. "The community, the school, everybody in northern Clay County. They leave a legacy others will hope to achieve in the future," he said.

Regional Championship Game

At Seymour

Bloomington North 55, Northview 48

Bloomington North (55)

Lindsey 6-9 4-5 20, Macy 2-7 0-0 5, Norris 2-4 1-3 6, Duany 2-2 6-8 10, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Ludlow 4-7 2-5 10, Parker 1-1 1-2 4, Winfield 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-31 14-23 55.

Northview (48)

Whitman 5-21 8-8 20, Timm 5-18 0-0 12, Akers 1-4 0-0 3, Keyes 3-9 1-2 7, Greenwood 0-1 0-0 0, Hoover 0-0 0-0 0, Hughes 1-1 0-0 2, Brand 1-1 0-0 2, Wells 1-4 0-2 2, McCoy 0-0 0-0 0, Thacker 0-0 0-0 0, Reece 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-59 9-12 48.

Bloomington North1813915-- 55
Northview1491114-- 48

3-point fieldgoals -- B.North 7-14 (Lindsey 4-6, Macy 1-6, Norris 1-1), Northview 5-26 (Whitman 2-11, Timm 2-10, Akers 1-1, Keyes 0-4). Total Rebounds -- B.North 37 (Duany 11, Thomas 6, Ludlow 5), Northview 28 (Whitman 5, Keyes 4, Greenwood 4, Wells 4). Total Fouls -- B.North 15, Northview 17. Fouled out -- Northview (Greenwood). Turnovers -- B.North 18, Northview 5.

Regional Opening Game

At Seymour

Northview 79, New Albany 74

Northview (79)

Whitman 11-19 2-2 29, Timm 8-14 4-5 23, Akers 2-4 1-1 5, Keyes 8-17 0-0 18, Greenwood 1-2 0-0 2, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Hoover 1-2 0-0 2, Brand 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 31-58 10-17 79.

New Albany (74)

Hobbs 5-12 2-2 15, Bryant 6-14 0-2 12, Wheeler 7-15 8-13 26, Harris 2-4 0-0 4, Murphy 4-9 0-0 10, Ray 1-5 0-0 3, Schmidt 1-1 0-0 2, Smiley 0-0 0-0 0, Wirth 1-1 0-0 2, Bennett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-61 10-17 74.

Northview26191915-- 79
New Albany2116928-- 74

3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 10-24 (Whitman 5-12, Keyes 2-7, Timm 3-5), N.Albany 10-29 (Wheeler 4-10, Hobbs 3-8, Murphy 2-5, Ray 1-4, Bryant 0-2. Total Rebounds -- Northview 33 (Keyes 9, Greenwood 8, Whitman 6), N.Albany 37 (Bryant 7, Wheeler 7). Total Fouls -- Northview 14, N.Albany 12. Turnovers -- Northview 12, New Albany 14.

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