Top photo: Damon Smith drives to the baseline, looking for an open teammate as Northview cruised to a 61-29 win.
Bottom photo: Northview freshman Ethan Tanner draws contact from South Putnam's Noah Boswell on a drive to the basket. Tanner scored 27 in the Knights' win.
Northview's freshman basketball team trapped and pressed their way to a dominating 61-29 victory over visiting South Putnam on Wednesday night.
The Northview defense came out off the opening tip and pressed the Eagles into submission early.
The Eagles were forced into eight turnovers in the first four minutes of the game and South Putnam weren't able to get a shot off in the game until the 3:18 mark of the opening quarter. By that time the Knights had more than taken control of the game.
Ethan Tanner knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and Clint Reynolds added another on the way to establishing a 15-6 lead after one period despite hitting barely 35 percent from the field (six-of-17). Meanwhile, the Eagles hit 100 percent of their shots, but were only able to get off three shots as they turned the ball over 11 times against Northview's pressure.
Northview continued their pressure in the second quarter and Jordan Keller hit both his shots as the Knights spread out their offense amongst four players.
Tanner added another four of his points as part of his 27 point evening and the Knights pulled out to a 27-15 halftime break.
Still in striking distance, the Eagles had their worst scoring quarter of the game coming out of the halftime break and the Knights took advantage.
Tanner drilled a pair of 3-pointers on the way to eight points in the period. South Putnam went 0-for-5 from the field in the period and hit just three-of-nine from the free throw line and fell behind 41-18.
Tanner opened the third quarter by knocking down a 3-pointer and Mitch Haviland scored in the post. The pressure defense forced a turnover from the Eagles and Reynolds went the distance for the layin to kick off the half with a 7-0 run.
South Putnam's Dayne Nelson scored a pair of free throws before Tanner knocked down a runner in the lane and following a free throw from the Eagles, Heath Wells scored off a nice feed from Tanner inside.
Tanner capped the period with a fadeaway 3-pointer to put the Knights ahead 41-18.
Northview saved their best offensive output of the night for the fourth quarter.
Following a three-point play and a free throw from the Eagles to open the period, the Knights hit the accelerator.
Reynolds scored on a drive and Brad Wilson hit a 3-pointer from the corner to re-establish the gap and Reynolds hit a finger roll off a drive in the lane for a 48-22 lead. Ryan Gruener scored for the Eagles but Tanner answered for Northview.
He hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game and then scored off a steal and layin before hitting a pair of free throws to finish off his big evening and put the Eagles away.
Next up for the Knights is a trip to a tournament at North Montgomery on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
South Putnam (29)
Nelson 2-7 6-11 10, Bowen 0-2 2-5 2, Boswell 5-5 1-4 11, Gruener 2-5 0-0 4, Drawbaugh 1-1 0-0 2, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-21 9-20 29.
Wells 3-7 0-1 6, Reynolds 6-10 0-0 13, Tanner 10-20 2-2 27, Keller 3-8 0-0 6, Haviland 1-2 0-0 2, Wilson 1-3 0-0 3, Smith 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 26-55 2-3 61.
3-point fieldgoals -- SP 0-0, Northview 7-13 (Tanner 5-7, Reynolds 1-4, Wilson 1-2). Total Rebounds -- SP 21 (Robinson 4), NV 21 (Wells 5). Total Fouls -- SP 9, NV 12. Turnovers -- SP 22, NV 5.