AVON -- With water covering half of Clay County and rain coming down in buckets Tuesday nights, the Northview Knights suffered through a drought on the basketball court.
Northview did not score for 8 minutes and 13 seconds in the second half en route to a 43-34 non-conference loss to the host Avon Orioles in boys high school basketball.
Heath Chamberlain gave Northview a 28-25 lead with 5:30 left in the third quarter. The Knights did not score again in the period and didn't find the bottom of the net until the 5:17 mark of the final quarter.
"We've had (scoring) droughts all year. We've probably not had a drought anywhere close to what we had tonight," Lancaster said.
Northview (6-6) scored just two points in the third quarter and six in the fourth, while shooting just 2-for-13 (.154 percent) from the floor.
The Knights turned the ball over eight times.
"We ran a lot of (plays), but we got real passive. (Avon) packed (their defense) in, but they were able to recover on our (perimeter) shooters.
Our shooters lacked the confidence to be aggressive to take the ball to the basket," Lancaster said.
"As a coach, I have to take the blame because that was the worst half of basketball offensively I've ever seen a team play. And as a coach, the buck stops here. Our kids were passive and were not aggressive. No matter what we tried to do or say (the second half) that was it. It was just being passive (with the ball)," Lancaster said.
Nick Wells paced the Knights with eight points, while Chamberlain, who fouled out with 3:53 to play, had six points and nine rebounds.
Avon (5-4) was led by Kevin Dill, a 6-2 sophomore, with 13 points and Stephen Geller, a 6-2 junior, with 12 points.
It was the Knights' first contest since the Dec. 30 third-place game of the Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic. Last week's WIC game at Owen Valley was postponed to Jan. 19 due to flooding.
The Knights' rust was obvious, too, as Avon scored the first seven points of the game. The Knights appeared to be on track when Brinn Meunier fed the ball inside to the 6-foot-7 Wells for a two-hand jam that started a 7-1 run.
Avon took a 17-15 lead into the second quarter, but Northview scored
the first seven points. Shawn Hughes hit a field goal, Matt Stuckey followed with a 3-pointer and Wells added two more inside points, giving the Knights a 22-17 lead. A three by Wade Thacker gave the Knights a 26-23 halftime edge.
The Knights were able to feed Chamberlain and Wells in the post and hit threes during the first half. The second half, the Orioles took away the post feeds and came flying back out at the perimeter shooters.
When the Northview guards tried to drive and dump the ball off in a weave, Avon started picking off passes. The Knights needed to take the ball at the Orioles and didn't do it.
"When someone closes out on you and you refuse to be aggressive with the basketball, especially when you're not hitting any shots, that is why we lost. We were passive," Lancaster said.
With 5:17 left in the game, Hughes ended the drought by hitting two free throws. Thacker netted the Knights' second and last basket of the second half with 3:10 to play.
Avon, hitting just 1-of-3 shots from the floor in the fourth quarter, slipped away with the victory by hitting 7-of-9 free throws in the final quarter of play.
Northview shot 40 percent (12-30) from the floor, while Avon hit just 36 percent (13-36). The Knights hit 10-of-17 (59 percent) the half and just 15 percent (2-13) the second.
In the junior varsity game, Avon scored with 4.9 seconds to play for a
31-30 win. Michael Medearis led Northview with nine points.
Hughes 1-7 4-4 6, Wells 3-8 2-2 8, Chamberlain 3-3 0-0 6, Meunier 1-2 0-0 3, Thacker 2-4 0-0 5, Stuckey 2-4 0-0 6, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Sanabria 0-0 0-00, Reece 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-30 FG, 6-7 FT, 34 TP.
Krenzke 1-2 0-0 3, Dill 3-6 7-10 13, Haston 1-3 0-0 2, Hendren 2-6 4-5 9, Geller 4-13 4-4 12, Kimbley 1-2 0-0 2, Ebert 0-2 0-0 0, Howe 0-0 0-0 0, Eades 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 13-36 FG, 15-19 FT, 43 TP.
3 Pt. Goals: Nv 4-8 (Stuckey 2-3, Thacker 1-2, Meunier 1-1, Hughes 0-2), Avon 2- (Krenzke 1-1, Hendren 1-3, Eades 0-1, Ebert 0-1, Dill 0-2). Total fouls: Nv 16, Avon 14. Fouled out: Chamberlain. Technical fouls: None. Rebounds: Nv 24 (Chamberlain 9), Avon 20 (Haston, Geller 4). Turnovers: Nv 14, Avon 4. Assists: Nv 7 (Meunier 4), Avon 4 (Geller 2). Steals: Nv 2 (Meunier 2), Avon 7 (Geller 5).
JV Game: Avonwon 31-30.
Next game -- Northview (6-6) will host Terre Haute South on Friday.