Top: Michael Medearis (left) skies to the basket while Terre Haute South's Koby Kraemer goes for the block during Friday's game.
Bottom: Jared Timm (#13) goes in for a layin while Kyle Toney tries to draw the charge. Timm scored seven points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
TERRE HAUTE -- There are no shortage of villains on the Terre Haute South basketball team over the past several years in the minds of Northview basketball fans.
Armon Basett and Jeremy Locke tortured the Knights' faithful the past few years and then Jay Smith added his name to the list earlier this year when he went off for 30 points in an overtime win for the Braves in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic.
On Friday night, two more Braves added their names to the 'Wanted' list as Terre Haute South used a late 13-2 run to pull away for a 59-44 victory.
Foul trouble plagued both squads in the first quarter when 14 team fouls were called between the two squads. The good news for the Knights was that Cole Vicars was forced to the sideline with 1:06 left in the first quarter with three fouls. He wouldn't return for the remainder of the half, taking out a high-scoring player in the Braves' offense.
Northview briefly took advantage, getting three straight 3-pointers from Matt Stuckey to take a six point advantage in the second period.
But then 6'6 junior Will Uzzell came to the forefront for Terre Haute South, scoring eight of his 13 first half points as South answered with a 10-0 run of their own. Northview would gather themselves despite starters Jared Timm and Nick Wells spending time on the bench. Jacob Reece scored three points in the second quarter to help Northview stay close. The Braves would lead by just two, 28-26 at halftime.
In the second half, Vicars would make a grand return, wasting little time in flashing to the hoop for a layin basket that would be a harbinger of things to come for the Knights.
After two Reece free throws, Northview trailed 32-30 before a basket from the Braves Alex Royce and a free throw from Brodee Miller for Northview.
With the margin at 34-31, the Braves cast the first dagger when Kyle Toney nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Royce followed with a basket inside and suddenly South was leading 39-31.
Northview would briefly catch their breath with a basket from Wells, part of his 11 point, nine rebound night in limited court time. Miller followed with a free throw and a driving basket sandwiched around another Vicars drive. Stuckey scored the last of his 11 points to get Northview within 41-38, but the Braves countered with the killing blow as Vicars drove to the basket for a runner in the lane and another drive to end the quarter.
Trailing 45-38, Northview had their shot to close the gap again, going to the line twice, but only hit one-of-four free throws and the Braves answered with two baskets from Vicars, part of his 17 point second half. Smith also added a basket and suddenly the Braves were behind 52-38 and they were unable to recover from the deficit.
The Knights hit just 32 percent (11-of-34) from the field in the game and Terre Haute South took 19 more shots from the field than Northview.
The Knights fall to 4-8 overall and will travel to Clay City for the annual county rivalry game on Tuesday evening beginning at 6 p.m.
Meunier 1-2 0-0 3, Timm 1-3 5-7 7, Stuckey 4-11 0-0 11, Reece 2-4 3-3 7, Wells 2-5 5-6 7, Crooks 0-2 0-0 0, Chamberlain 1-2 1-2 3, Medearis 0-3 0-0 0, Miller 1-2 4-8 6, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Reberger 0-0 0-0 0, Sanabria 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-34 18-29 44.
T.H. South (59)
Vicars 7-10 5-6 20, J.Smith 3-11 0-0 7, Uzzell 4-11 8-14 16, Toney 2-3 0-0 5, Royce 2-7 0-0 4, Odum 3-5 1-1 7, Ighily 0-2 0-0 0, Engle 0-0 0-0 0, Kraemer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-53 14-21 59.
3-point fieldgoals -- NV 4-15 (Stuckey 3-9, Meunier 1-2, Crooks 0-1, Chamberlain 0-1, Reece 0-1), THS 3-15 (Vicars 1-4, J.Smith 1-6, Toney 1-2, Uzzell 0-1, Royce 0-1, Odum 0-1). Total Rebounds -- NV 33 (Wells 9), THS (Uzzell 8). Total Fouls -- NV 21, THS 23. Fouled out -- NV (Wells, Timm), THS (Uzell, Toney). Turnovers -- NV 18, THS 9.