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Braves hand Northview first Wabash Valley Classic loss

Monday, January 3, 2005

TERRE HAUTE -- The Terre Haute South Braves overwhelmed the Northview

Knights 54-35 Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute South High School.

The Braves held the Knights to just 12 points in the second half and forced 19 turnovers for the game.

"It's a learning experience. We thought it might be," Northview coach Mitch Lancaster said.

"We thought we had a pretty good game plan. We thought our offense was pretty good as far as spreading them a little bit and (the Braves) just came out and got us and we didn't handle (the pressure) very well."

The loss sends Northview (5-5) into the consolation game against either Bethesda Christian or Terre Haute North at 6:15 p.m. today.

Heath Chamberlain and Wade Thacker paced Northview with 11 points each. The 6-foot-5 Chamberlain also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

All-State candidate Armon Bassett led South with 28 ponts, 20 coming in the first 16 minutes while leading the Braves who pulled out to a 33-23 halftime lead.

Northview simply could not handle South's pressure defense.

Northview's Meunier hit a 3-pointer and a deuce, to tie the game 11-11, but over the final 2:24 of the first quarter and opening 1:38 of the second, South went on a 13-0 run, going ahead 24-11 on a Bassett bucket from a Cole Vicars steal.

"We haven't handled pressure very well all year. I thought the first quarter we did a pretty good job. We had a stretch of about four minutes in the second quarter where (the pressure) handled us pretty well and pretty much the whole second half," Lancaster said.

Buckets by Nick Wells and Thacker briefly cut the deficit to nine points, but Bassett went on another 7-0 run to put South up 31-15 and the Knights never got inside 10-points again.

Northview's Thacker hit a three at the buzzer to cut the halftime margin to 33-23.

"We had open shots. Wade Thacker is the only one who stepped up and hit them today. We just flat couldn't handle their pressure," Lancaster said.

Back-to-back inside baskets by Chamberlain kept Northview within 13 points, 40-27, in the third quarter, but the Braves took a 49-27 lead into the final eight minutes of the contest.

Lancaster believes the young Northview players should now know what they have to do in the off season to compete with Terre Haute South and other Class 4A programs.

"You could see the physicality of (the South) kids. Our kids need to hit the weight room and today was one of those days you could see the difference because of the weight room," Lancaster said.

Northview (35)

Hughes 1-5 0-0 2, Wells 2-6 0-0 4, Chamberlain 5-6 1-3 11, Stuckey 0-3 0-0 0, Meunier 2-4 0-0 5, Thacker 4-5 0-1 11, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Medearis 1-1 0-0 2, Reece 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Sanabria 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-31 FG, 1-4 FT, 35 TP.

Terre Haute South (54)

Davis 1-2 1-3 3, McNeal 1-2 0-0 2, Hatfield 0-3 2-2 2, Vicars 4-7 0-0 10, Bassett 12-18 3-3 28, T. Smith 2-3 0-0 6, Littlefield 1-3 0-0 3, Blade 0-0 0-2 0, Harruff 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Richey 0-0 0-0 0, Jay Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-40 FG, 6-10 FT, 54 TP.

Northview 11 12 66-- 35
Terre Haute South 16 17 16 5-- 54

3 Pt. Goals: NHS 4-9 (Thacker 3-4, Meunier 1-2, Stuckey 0-2, Hughes

0-1), THS 6-11 (Vicars 2-4, T. Smith 2-3, Bassett 1-2, Littlefield 1-2)

FG Pct. -- NHS .484, THS .525. 3-pt FG Pct. -- NHS .444, THS .545. FT

Pct. -- NHS .250, THS .600. Total fouls: NHS 8, THS 7. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Rebounds: NHS 26 (Chamberlain 9, Wells 6), THS 13 (Vicars 4). Turnovers: NHS 19, THS 8. Assists: NHS 5 (Meunier 3), THS 10 (Bassett 4).

Next game -- Northview (5-5, 1-2 in WIC) plays in the third-fourth

place game of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic at 6:15 p.m. today at

Terre Haute South. Northview travels to Owen Valley on Jan. 7.



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