The Knights battled the Braves tight all evening before finally running out of gas late in a 56-46 defeat.
"I thought we competed hard," said Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "I'm proud of our competitive spirit. We had (the Braves) where we wanted them, but they made a nice run in the third quarter."
After South held a 25-18 lead at the halftime break, getting 10 first half points from All-State candidate Armon Bassett, the Knights came out determined in the second half.
Northview got an opening basket from Nick Wells before Bassett answered with a 3-pointer. But Heath Chamberlain got a basket followed by a 3-pointer from Brinn Meunier and two free throws from Chamberlain to get the Knights within 28-27 and electrifying the Northview half of a capacity crowd on Winter Homecoming.
But Bassett halted the run with a 3-pointer before Northview senior Shawn Hughes came back with a couple of free throws to get the Knights back within two points at 31-29.
Then it was South sophomore Cole Vicars turn to shine.
The 5'9 Brave nailed a 3-pointer that preceded a Northview turnover and Vicars applied a big blow to the Knights' hopes with another 3-pointer and a 37-29 Terre Haute South advantage. He would then close the half with a steal at halfcourt and a layin to end the period on a personal 8-0 run.
"(Cole) Vicars hit two, big 3's for them," mentioned Lancaster. "They needed a second guy tonight and he stepped up for (South)."
In the fourth quarter the Knights seemed to run out of gas a little bit as South held the ball for fouls, going to the line 18 times in the final quarter, hitting nine.
The Knights would get within 50-39, after trailing by as many as 15 early in the period, as Meunier dropped home a 3-pointer and Chamberlain followed with a basket. But the Braves got to the line four straight times, hitting four-of-eight free throws before Wade Thacker nailed another 3-pointer and followed with a late layin to get the Knights to within the final margin of 10 points.
Hughes did a strong job defensively on Bassett, who despite netting a game-high 25 points, had to take 17 shots to get there.
"(Shawn) Hughes battled for us tonight," said Lancaster after the game. "He led us in toughness tonight. We just had a few too many turnovers."
The Knights, who drop to 6-7 overall, got a balanced offensive effort paced by Hughes' 12 points and Chamberlain's 11 with Wells adding 10. Meunier added eight.
"Our goal was to get to the fourth quarter in a position to win and we did that tonight," noted Lancaster. "This is what we want in the sectional. I think we made a statement tonight."
Northview will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Owen Valley to battle the Patriots in a boy/girl doubleheader.
Terre Haute South (56)
Vicars 4-6 1-2 11, Bassett 7-17 6-8 25, McNeal 1-4 0-2 3, Davis 2-4 1-2 5, Hatfield 1-4 2-2 4, Littlefield 1-1 0-0 2, Harruff 1-2 1-3 3. Totals: 17-39 12-21 56.
Meunier 2-9 2-2 8, Thacker 2-6 0-0 5, Hughes 3-9 5-7 12, Wells 5-8 0-0 10, H.Chamberlain 4-7 3-6 11, Stuckey 0-2 0-0 0, Sanabria 0-0 0-0 0, Reece 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Medearis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-41 11-15 46.
3-point fieldgoals -- THS 6-18 (Bassett 3-9, Vicars 2-3, McNeal 1-2, T.Smith 0-2, Hatfield 0-1, Davis 0-1), Northview 3-11 (Thacker 1-4, Meunier 2-4, Hughes 0-2, Stuckey 0-1). Total Rebounds -- THS 25 (Several with 4), Northview 27 (H.Chamberlain 9, Wells 7). Total Fouls -- THS 17, Northview 20. Turnovers -- THS 16, Northview 18.