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Fifth-ranked Cougars down Knights

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Bloomington South Panthers flexed their fifth-ranked muscles in the second half on the way to a 57-40 victory over host Northview on Friday night.

The Knights remained close through the first half as 6'7 Heath Chamberlain went inside to give Northview 10 points before the halfway mark of the game. Brinn Meunier added five as Northview remained within 29-18 despite eight points from South's Cole Holmstrom and seven from Jordan Root.

The Cougars were aggressive on the defensive end on Friday, forcing seven first quarter turnovers and another four in the second quarter while taking 13 more shots from the field than the Knights in the first half.

"We ran into a good team tonight," commented Northview head coach Mitch Lancaster. "We didn't hit enough shots and our offensive captain (Shawn Hughes) didn't score tonight. He's our catalyst."

Indeed, Bloomington South's guard pressure held Hughes without a point in the game and early foul trouble helped limit 6'8 forward Nick Wells during the first half and the Cougars held him to just three points in the contest.

Despite all those troubles, the Knights actually crept within nine points to open the second half as Chamberlain scored on a rebound to get Northview within 29-20. But from there Jordan Brown got hot from the field, hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the quarter. His shots were sandwiched around another long range shot from Root as Bloomington South put together an 11-4 run that stretched the lead to 40-24.

"(Brown) is their fifth leading scorer and he hit three straight shots," noted Lancaster. "Our fans probably would have liked us to guard him, but he's their fifth option, you've got to tip your cap to them."

Leading 46-30 heading into the final period, Holmstrom scored a pair of buckets around a Jacob Reece 3-pointer for the Knights, but the Cougars began working time off the clock with their sharp passing game. Spreading the floor, South took just five shots in the final period, but went five-of-eight from the free throw line to finish off their 13th straight win and moved to 17-1 this season. Next up for the Cougars, a matchup with Lawrence North and star seven-foot center Greg Oden tonight.

Northview got double-digit efforts from Chamberlain who tallied 17 points and added nine boards and Brinn Meunier who scored 11 for the Knights.

The Knights drop to 12-9 overall and will face Fountain Central at home on February 24.

Bloomington South (57)

Chappell 2-4 0-0 4, Holmstrom 6-12 0-1 14, Root 4-10 3-4 13, Forney 3-5 1-3 7, Brown 4-4 0-1 11, Stephens 1-4 0-0 2, Coats 0-0 2-2 2, Conteh 2-3 0-0 4, Walters 0-0 0-0 0, Deinlein 0-0 0-0 0, McCoy 0-0 0-0 0, Shepperd 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-42 6-11 57.

Northview (40)

Meunier 4-6 0-1 11, Hughes 0-6 0-2 0, Wells 1-2 1-2 3, Miller 1-3 1-2 3, H.Chamberlain 6-10 5-7 17, Stuckey 1-1 0-0 3, Reece 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 14-31 7-14 40.

B.South16131711-- 57
Northview991210-- 40

3-point fieldgoals -- B.South 7-13 (Brown 3-3, Holmstrom 2-4, Root 2-4, Stephens 0-2), Northview 5-8 (Meunier 3-3, Reece 1-1, Stuckey 1-1, Thacker 0-2, Hughes 0-1). Total Rebounds -- B.South 16 (Chappell 5), Northview 20 (H.Chamberlain 9). Total Fouls -- B.South 16, Northview 15. Turnovers -- B.South 9, Northview 15.

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