Nick Lancaster (#11) yanks down one of his five rebounds to go with eight points in Thursday's win over Brown County
SPENCER -- Northview's JV boys basketball team has had their share of struggles this season, but if their last two games are any indication, the post-holiday season will be much brighter.
The Knights had won just two of their first six games coming into the Western Indiana Conference JV Tourney this week and in their tourney opener, someone nailed a lid on their basket in a loss to Sullivan.
However, in their second game, versus West Vigo, Northview found their shooting stroke in drilling the Vikings by 33 points. They continued that streak when they took the court against Brown County, hitting 52 percent (22-of-42) from the field on the way to a comfortable 55-33 victory over the Eagles.
"We struggled in our first game of the tourney, it was probably our worst game of the year," commented coach Scott Buell. "But we bounced back well. It's tough to get ready to play teams that you've already beaten, but I'm really proud of this team and how we responded."
Brown County and the Knights stood toe-to-toe through the first period as the Eagles' Ethan Scott kept his squad close with his five points. Nick Lancaster spurred Northview with four of his eight points in the first quarter as the Knights held a 14-10 advantage.
The second quarter was really the key as Northview manhandled Brown County and got the shots they wanted when they wanted them.
Austin Akers came off the bench and tallied eight points on perfect shooting from the line and the field from his point guard position. Trey Horn warmed up after tallying 23 in the second game of the tourney. Horn scored five of his team-high 14 in the second quarter and the Knights held the Eagles to just one-of-eight shooting in the quarter.
Northview took a 29-12 lead into halftime and would cruise from that point on.
The Knights shot over 50 percent in the second half, getting eight second half points from Tyler Coltharp and put together a 7-2 run in the third quarter to close out the Eagles.
Horn hit a 3-pointer and following a Scott basket, got a jumper from Keaton Robertson and a pair of free throws from Lancaster to take a 36-17 advantage. Horn and Akers would finish the job at the end of the period as Akers scored his 10th point and Horn got free from the corner to hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Knights ahead 43-22.
In the final quarter, the Knights got everyone into the action as everyone on the roster got into the scoring column with five different players scoring five or more points.
"When we get that kind of balance we're a pretty good basketball team," commented Buell. "I like the progress we're making, we still have some things to work on. I told them before the game that you don't want to go into the (holiday) break with that bad taste in your mouth from losing, but I'm really proud of this team."
The Knights (4-5 overall) will be off until January 5 when they return to Owen Valley for a JV boys and girls doubleheader.
Western Indiana Conference JV Tourney
At Owen Valley
Northview ( 55)
Lancaster 3-8 2-2 8, Horn 5-11 0-0 14, Whitman 2-5 0-0 5, Robertson 1-3 0-0 2, Sanabria 1-3 0-0 2, Akers 3-3 3-3 10, Reberger 1-1 0-0 2, Coltharp 5-6 0-0 10, Moore 01 1-2 1, Reynolds 1-1 0-2 3. Totals: 22-42 6-10 55.
Brown County (33)
Mello 0-3 2-4 22, Bryant 0-2 2-4 2, Owens 0-1 0-0 0, Freyshour 0-0 0-2 0, Scott 6-9 0-0 13, Niehaus 1-4 0-3 2, Crabtree 1-4 0-0 2, Sichting 3-6 0-0 9, Beckham 1-3 1-1 3. Totals: 12-32 5-14 33.
3-point fieldgoals -- NV 7-16 (Horn 4-10, Whitman 1-3, Akers 1-1, Reynolds 1-1, Lancaster 0-1), BC 4-12 (Scott 1-4, Sichting 3-4, Crabtree 0-2, Bryant 0-1, Beckham 0-1). Total Rebounds -- NV 26 (Coltharp 5, Lancaster 5), BC 18 (Scott 7). Total Fouls -- NV 14, BC 14. Turnovers -- NV 7, BC 12.