GREENCASTLE -- The Northview Knights were a little more concerned about the health of coach Mitch Lancaster on Tuesday night than they were about the host Greencastle Tiger Cubs high school basketball team.
While Northview worked on a 59-49 victory over Greencastle, Lancaster was resting at the Heart Center in Indianapolis.
According to Northview Athletic Director Charlie Jackson, Lancaster, who had a heart attack in the summer, experienced chest pains on Tuesday morning and went to St. Vincent Hospital in Clay County. The pain was not related to his heart, but as a precaution, Lancaster was taken to the Heart Center and was being kept overnight for observation.
Northview assistant varsity coach Tony Trout met with, and informed the Knights Tuesday afternoon that Lancaster would not coach the game.
Trout then traveled to Indianapolis to see Lancaster prior to the game.
The Knights made things easy for co-coaches Trout, Scot Buell and Rich Schelsy. Using their huge size advantage inside, the Knights got the ball inside to 6'8 Nick Wells for 16 points, 6'7 Heath Chamberlain for 14 points, to 6'5 Brodee Miller for 10 and 6'2 Shawn Hughes had 11.
Northview led 20-4 after one quarter and the frontcourt of Wells, Miller and Chamberlain scored 15 of those points.
"Tonight we tried to control the tempo and really work hard on (Greencastle) inside. I thought we did that early. We established our bigmen's presence and it worked," Trout said.
Miller, a sophomore, led the Knights with nine rebounds and Chamberlain had eight. "We like Brodie because of his defensive effort and his ability to rebound. He most certainly has come in and done a nice job for us there. Tonight he even scored a few baskets," Trout said.
Northview's 20-point first quarter was better than Greencastle's first half. The Knights led 33-18 at halftime, holding the Tiger Cubs to 37 percent (7-19) shooting from the floor. By getting the ball inside, the Knights shot 64 percent (14-22).
"We thought we could mix the defenses against us. We've been working a lot on man-to-man lately and I thought our man-to-man was effective. Then we started mixing in our zone defenses and our trap," Trout said of the defensive play.
Cal Gard led Greencastle with 16 points for the game and got the Tiger Cubs to within 15 points, 40-25, midway through the third period. But Northview's Brinn Meunier and Wells combined for an 8-0 run to close the quarter and the Knights led 48-25 going into the final period.
Northview maintained a 20-point advantage the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, leading 57-34 with 3:25 to play. The Tiger Cubs closed the game with a 10-2 run to tighten up the final margin.
Northview takes a four-game winning streak into Friday night's home game with Class 4A No. 3-ranked Bloomington South. "You try to get your team to peak about this time and I think we're on a little bit of a roll," Trout said.
Wells 7-10 2-3 16, Miller 3-5 4-8 10, H. Chamberlain 6-12 2-2 14, Hughes 5-9 1-2 11, Meunier 2-3 0-0 5, Thacker 1-3 0-0 3, Stuckey 0-0 0-0 0, Reece 0-1 0-0 0, D. Chamberlain 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Medearis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-43 FG, 9-15 FT, 59 TP.
Cath 2-5 0-3 4, Troyer 3-8 0-0 7, Burks 2-4 0-1 4, Richardson 1-1 0-0 3, Gard 6-12 1-1 16, Fenlon 5-8 1-3 11, Weatherford 0-3 1-2 1, Remsburg 1-5 0-0 3, Pasho 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 FG, 3-10
FT, 49 TP.
3 Pt. Goals: Nv 2-6 (Meunier 1-2, Thacker 1-3, Hughes 0-1), GHS 6-15 (Gard 3-7, Richardson 1-1, Remsburg 1-4, Troyer 1-1, Cath 0-1, Weatherford 0-1). Total fouls: Nv 12, GHS 16. Fouled out: H. Chamberlain. Technical fouls: None. Rebounds: Nv 31 (Miller 9, H. Chamberlain 8), GHS 24 (Fenlon 7). Turnovers: Nv 11, GHS 11. JV game: Northview won 44-41.
Next game -- Friday night, Northview (12-8) plays at home against
Bloomington South and Greencastle (5-14) travels to Southmont.