Northview center Nick Wells goes up for two of his 10 points in Friday's game against Edgewood.
ELLETSVILLE -- All the scouting reports that Northview had for Edgewood showed a physical team who liked to pound the ball inside and wear teams out in their four wins this year. But what the Knights got on Friday, no one expected.
Sophomore junior varsity regular Tommy Weakley, playing in only his second varsity game, hit all six of his 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Mustangs turned a three point lead into a 15 point advantage at halftime.
The Knights never were able to recover against Edgewood who displayed uncanny accuracy from beyond the arc, hitting 12-of-18 3-pointers in the game (66 percent) and the Mustangs rolled to a 62-48 win.
"We knew (Weakley) was a good player," commented Northview head coach Mitch Lancaster afterwards. "We saw him as a freshman in the WIC Tournament, but you don't expect a sophomore to come in and play at that level."
Northview struggled to hold onto the ball in the game and outside of a 7-0 run in the second quarter that narrowed a 22-11 Edgewood lead to 22-18, the Knights had trouble finding any offensive consistency. After Northview closed to within four points at 22-18, Weakley went to work, hitting six of his seven 3-pointers in the period on the way to 23 points and essentially putting the game away before halftime.
"Our ballhandling is at rockbottom right now," noted Lancaster. "We have people who can't dribble the ball, can't catch the ball and turn the ball over without any pressure and it seems like it snowballs as we lose confidence."
The Knights got some strong early play from center Nick Wells who blocked three early shots by the Mustangs on the interior. He would score five of his 10 points in the second quarter before Edgewood started raining down shots from the perimeter.
In the second half, Weakley opened the half with his seventh shot from long range and Northview's hopes appeared dashed with the Mustangs scoring the first nine points of the half to take a 47-23 advantage. The Knights would finish off the half on a 9-3 run as Wells and Matt Stuckey scored a pair of baskets and Jared Timm scored on a drive and Brinn Meunier closed the quarter with a 3-pointer.
Northview trailed 50-32 heading into the fourth quarter but each time the Knights attempted a rally, the Mustangs came through with an answer. The Mustangs would go to the free throw line 22 times compared to just nine for the Knights and closed out the game by hitting 10-of-13 in the fourth period.
Northview's reserves played strong in the final minutes with Matt Crooks hitting a pair from long range and Timm adding six of his team-high 13 points in the final minutes but it was not enough.
"I thought our kids at the end battled and took care of the ball better than some of our starters. We need to do some evaluations," said Lancaster of his 1-3 Knights.
Northview will return to action tonight with a tripleheader featuring the freshman, JV and varsity teams facing a 2-0 Avon squad beginning at 5 p.m.
Edgewood 62, Northview 48
Meunier 2-3 0-0 6, Timm 6-11 0-0 12, Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Stuckey 3-10 0-0 8, Wells 4-7 2-5 10, Sanabria 0-1 0-0 0, Brock 1-7 1-2 3, Medearis 0-0 0-0 0, Reece 0-0 0-0 0, Reberger 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 2-2 1-2 7. Totals: 19-44 4-9 48.
Deckard 0-2 1-2 1, Lowers 3-6 2-3 10, Butcher 2-6 8-10 13, Pederson 0-3 0-0 0, Breeden 1-2 0-0 2, Weakley 7-9 2-2 23, Miller 1-2 4-5 6, Lay 3-4 0-0 7, Moynihan 0-0 0-0 0, Wolcott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-37 17-22 62.
3-point fieldgoals -- NV 6-12 (Crooks 2-2, Meunier 2-2, Stuckey 2-7, Timm 0-1), EW 12-18 (Weakley 7-7, Lowers 2-3, Butcher 1-1, Lay 1-2, Deckard 0-2, Pederson 0-1, Beeman 0-1). Total Rebounds -- NV 26 (Wells 6), EW 21 (Butcher 5). Total Fouls -- NV 18, EW 13. Turnovers -- NV 18, EW 12.