Right: Brinn Meunier drives past Terre Haute North's Johnny Mazequie in Friday's game. Meunier had nine in the loss.
Left: Northview's Josiah Brock goes up for a shot over North's Johnny Mazeqie in Friday's game.
TERRE HAUTE -- Strength and experience is a winning experience and on Friday night, the Terre Haute North Patriots used both to down visiting Northview 59-43.
The Patriots 'big 3' of seniors Steven Jeffers, Jason Gilmore and junior Nate Blank combined for 48 of the Patriots points and the Knights couldn't find a rhythm in the early going against the sizable North squad. Northview got into foul trouble quickly as officials whistled the Knights for 13 first half fouls, including three quick ones that took 6'8 center Nick Wells out of the game.
North responded by getting the ball inside to the 6'5 Gilmore for 10 first half point and 17 from Blank who hit five-of-eight shots from the field and all six free throws in the first half.
"That's a tough team to play for us with their experience level a this time of the year," commented Northview head coach Mitch Lancaster. "We had trouble getting the ball into the post and we had some tough breaks with fouls that were called."
Northview stayed around in the game because of their outside shooting in the first half as Matt Stuckey hit three consecutive 3-pointers spanning the first and second quarters and Brinn Meunier, playing in his first game of the year after an ankle injury, hit two in the third quarter. His final one got the Knights to within 42-33 in the third period as Northview put together an 8-0 run.
But the Patriots experience came to call and righted the ship.
Jeffers got a basket in the paint and Gilmore followed with a jumper before a pair of free throws from Jeffers gave the Patriots a 15 point lead at 48-33. Michael Medearis answered for Northview with a jumper as part of his 11 point night and Stuckey hit a runner from the baseline but Gilmore hit another pair of shots to close the quarter.
Gilmore was the story in the second half, hitting all five of his shots from the field and seemingly answering every Northview rally.
"We had some good things happen in the second and third quarters, but we have to work on our intensity on defense and the way we handle the ball. I think our chance at being competitive in the game went away when we turned the ball over five straight times in the second quarter."
Despite the loss by the Knights, Northview had some bright spots in the contest with Medearis' 11 points and five boards along with a double-digit, 11 point evening from Stuckey and a solid game by Meunier in his return.
In the JV contest, Northview took a one point lead with less than a minute to play on a jumper by Caleb Whitman, but the Patriots took the ball the length of the court with just five seconds to go and scored the game-winning layup for a 24-23 victory.
Whitman and Keaton Robertson each had six points to lead the Knights who return to action tonight in their conference opener against Brown County in a boy/girl doubleheader. The girls JV game is slated to start at 2 p.m. with the boys game following. Varsity action is slated to tipoff at 5 p.m. with the girls game.
Meunier 3-5 0-0 9, Timm 1-8 0-0 2, Stuckey 4-10 0-0 11, Miller 0-2 1-2 1, Wells 2-4 0-0 4, Sanabria 0-1 0-0 0, Medearis 3-5 4-4 11, Brock 2-6 1-2 5, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Chamberlain 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 15-43 6-8 43.
T.H. North (59)
Myers 3-6 1-2 8, Stephens 0-1 0-0 0, Conner 1-1 0-0 3, Jeffers 2-7 4-6 8, Gilmore 8-10 3-4 20, Blank 6-10 7-8 20, Mazeqie 0-1 0-0 0, Hull 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-37 13-17 59.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 7-18 (Stuckey 3-9, Meunier 3-4, Medearis 1-1, Timm 0-2, Sanabria 0-1), THN 4-10 (Blank 1-3, Conner 1-1, Myers 1-2, Gilmore 1-1, Hull 0-1, Stephens 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 23 (Medearis 5), THN 25 (Jeffers 8). Total Fouls -- Nv 17, THN 14. Fouled out -- Nv (Wells). Turnovers -- Nv 16, THN 12.