Jordan Keller (#42) powers up a shot against West Vigo on Wednesday night. Keller tallied eight points and four boards in the win.
The freshmen double header basketball games featuring both the girls and boys' teams from Northview and West Vigo were a study in contrast on Wednesday.
The girls contest ended in a blowout result while the boys' game was a down to the wire thriller. Luckily for the Knights, the result in both games went their way.
The girls game kicked off the evening and after West Vigo opened the game with a 2-0 lead, the Knights took over behind their powerful inside game and never looked back, winning 48-20.
Shelby Colson was the early catalyst for the Knights, sinking 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter as Northveiw raced out to a 16-2 advantage.
The second quarter was no different much to the Vikings dismay.
West Vigo hit just two-of-seven shots from the field while Northview continued their dominance in the paint, getting six points from Kirstin Kimball and four of her game-high nine rebounds to continue pulling away. Northview led 29-6 at the halfway mark and was able to play their subs throughout the final period.
Both Kimball and Katie Smith had eight points for the Knights and Colson contributed seven boards along with Hannah Van Horn.
In the boys game, West Vigo came out firing in the early going using the inside-outside combination of Jordan Pearson and Jarrod Messer.
Pearson made the Knights pay each time they left him unattended on the perimeter, drilling all three of his 3-pointers in the first half and Messer dominated the post with 10 points before the break. The Knights meanwhile hit just seven-of-19 shots from the field in the first two quarters. Not surprisingly, the Knights trailed 28-16 at halftime.
The second half was a much different story.
Northview turned in a hard-nosed defensive effort, forcing eight turnovers in a whirlwind third quarter with the Knights turning up the pressure.
Mitch Haviland scored to open the half for the Knights and following a pair of missed free throws from the Vikings' Jeremy Lucas, Ethan Tanner nailed a 3-pointer to get Northview within 28-21. Clint Reynolds capitalized off a steal, laying home a shot on the break and Austin Akers continued the run with a hoop. Jordan Keller then pulled down a board and drew the foul where he hit both free throws and suddenly the Knights were within 28-27 after an 11-0 run over the first 3:45 of the half.
Reynolds would set up the fourth period by finally pulling the Knights even with a 3-pointer from the corner to end the third quarter.
Northview would take the advantage early on as Reynolds hit another 3-pointer, this one from the opposite corner, and the Knights had their first lead at 35-34. He would combine with Akers to keep the Knights rolling, scoring off a break. Akers would make the Vikings pay for a turnover with a 3-pointer to give Northview a 40-34 lead.
The Vikings wouldn't go quietly though drawing to within 42-40 after a Sean Burton rebound hoop and a Kameron Silcock basket. But the Knights were up to the task as Akers scored on a drive into the lane and Reynolds did the same as the Knights held off the late challenge for a 46-42 victory.
The Northview girls and boys teams are each 2-1 this season. The boys team will take on Terre Haute North at home on Monday with the girls traveling to Terre Haute South on Monday as well.
Northview 46, West Vigo 42
3-point fieldgoals -- WV 4-11 (Pearson 3-3, Lucas 1-7, Walsh 0-1), NV 6-18 (Reynolds 3-10, Akers 2-5, Tanner 1-3). Total Rebounds -- WV 17 (Messer 6), NV 19 (Haviland 6). Total Fouls -- WV 9, NV 7. Turnovers -- WV 14, NV 13.
3-point fieldgoals -- WV (None), NV (None). Total Rebounds -- WV 17 (Bri.Marrs 3), NV 45 (Kimball 9, Colson 7, Van Horn 7). Total Fouls -- WV 11, NV 13. Turnovers -- WV 14, NV 12.