Northview freshmen coach Zach Keyes talks to his players during a timeout versus Terre Haute South.
Northview's freshmen basketball team skated out to an early lead against Terre Haute South Wednesday, but a second-half lapse left the Knights struggling to seal the win.
Northview managed a 59-53 victory over the Braves, but Coach Zach Keyes said he was frustrated with his team's fall-off after a strong performance for much of the first half.
"The last two games we've been getting big leads and we stop playing," he said. "When we stop playing, teams come back on us."
Northview took advantage of South's poor shooting performance in the first half, establishing a comfortable 14-point, 28-14 margin with 2:09 remaining in the second quarter. But the Braves rallied, capitalizing on back-to-back Northview turnovers to cut the lead to nine by the end of the half. Northview watched its lead continue to shrink as the Knights struggled from the line in the second half.
Terre Haute South continued to surge until deep in the fourth quarter, as they whittled the Northview lead to three with 45 seconds to play. But a key bucket from Clint Reynolds and a pair of game-clinching free throws by Austin Akers sealed the Braves' fate.
Reynolds led all scorers with 17 for the Knights, followed by Akers with 14 points and Ethan Tanner with 13.