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Knights kickoff sectional play versus Artesians

Friday, March 4, 2005

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Wade Thacker fires up a 3-pointer from the corner as part of his nine point game against Martinsville in a season opening victory.

The Class 4A Northview Sectional resumes this evening in front of what will likely be a packed house starting with the 6 p.m. game between Terre Haute South and the Plainfield Quakers.

The host Northview Knights will begin defense of last year's sectional championship in the second contest of the night against Martinsville.

The Quakers upset Terre Haute North in Tuesday's opening night of play by a 54-51 margin. Coach Dana Greene's Plainfield squad overcame a slow first quarter when they trailed 12-4 and rebounded to outscore the Patriots 17-7 in the third quarter for the victory.

Plainfield got a 15 point performance from Robbie Hofmann and balanced scoring throughout their roster as seven players scored four or more points in the game. The Quakers, who have now won three of their last four games during their 10-12 campaign will matchup with the Braves who demolished Mooresville 67-35 on Tuesday and have won four of five. Their only loss was a 10 point defeat to top-ranked Indianapolis Arlington on Feb. 25.

On Tuesday, South's Armon Bassett drilled the Pioneers for 27 points, including four 3-pointers in the victory.

Terre Haute South had 17 steals in the game and forced 20 Mooresville turnovers in the game. The Braves also shot 60 percent from the field (21-of-35) and hit 10 3-pointers in the game.

For the host Knights, they will be playing for the first time in over a week and will get a rematch with Martinsville who they defeated back in the first game of the year, 38-36.

The Artesians are getting big production from junior David Thacker and Tim Dearlove in recent games.

Thacker rang up 24 points and Dearlove added 22 in an 81-69 victory over Franklin Community. Andy Stroud tallied 13 in the win and Ryan Sichting added 16 for the Artesians.

The Knights were able to play at their pace in the first meeting and likely don't want a high scoring contest.

Northview has progressed a lot since the beginning of the season when they got a nine point debut from Heath Chamberlain and another nine from Wade Thacker and Shawn Hughes. Before fouling out, Chamberlain had two big fourth period baskets, including the game-winner and added five rebounds for Northview.

Chamberlain has developed into a key component for the Knights who depend on his 6'7 presence in the post for double-digit rebounding and offense. Senior guard Shawn Hughes has shown the ability to take control as well with his driving ability and sophomore point Brinn Meunier has had some big perimeter games as well. Nick Wells, at 6'8 gives the Knights a rare height advantage over nearly every team in the post and will be counted on to limit 6'6 Martinsville forward Ryan Sichting.

The Knights will need to pressure the Artesians on defense and control the pace. Martinsville was the third highest scoring team in Conference Indiana. Only Pike (70.5 ppg.) and Bloomington South (65.7 ppg.) scored more points per contest than Martinsville (60.8 ppg.).

Gametime tonight will be at 6 p.m. for Terre Haute South and Plainfield with the Knights and Martinsville to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.



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