Northview senior center Julie Whitted (#55) scores two of her 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and seven blocks.
Knights celebrate homecoming with WIC wins
- Boys win 2 OT thriller; girls clinch share of WIC title -
Emotions were running high at Northview High School on Friday night as Winter Homecoming was celebrated and by the end of 12 periods of basketball, the Knights could celebrate two big basketball victories.
The girls powered their way to a dominating performance against the Arrows to clinch a share of the Western Indiana Conference championship with a 71-32 victory. The boys on the other hand battled tooth-and-nail with the visiting Arrows to pick up a tension taut, double-overtime win, 56-48.
Anyone who questioned whether or not Indiana high school basketball has lost some of its luster, should have paid for a seat in Northview's gym on Friday. It didn't matter whether you were on the front row or the rafters, but Northview fans had the house rocking.
In the girl's contest, the Knights edged out to a comfortable 32-19 lead at the halftime break and then blitzed the Arrows with an 18-2 run to start the second half to cruise to a victory.
"Tonight was one of our best game's," commented Northview head coach Bob Medworth. "If we keep our turnovers down, we can play with anyone."
The Knights stretched out to a double-digit first half lead as center Julie Whitted tallied 10 points and altered countless shots from Sullivan in the paint. The result was a two-for-10 shooting performance in the first quarter as Northview edged out to a 16-7 advantage.
The real key however was the third quarter scoring barrage that the Knights put together.
Lexee Hayes opened the half with a score and then Whitted got to the hoop for a basket and a foul. The three point play got the Knights rolling as Whitted scored again to put the Knights ahead 39-21. Spring Raines followed with a drive to the baseline for a score before Sullivan got on the board with an Emily LaHay tally.
Leading 41-21, the Knights got back to work, as Whitted grabbed a rebound of a missed free throw and got the putback, Hayes scored on a drive, Raines added one of her two 3-pointers in the period before Whitted scored the ninth point of her 15 point period.
Northview had scored 18 points and the quarter was just half over. Just under four minutes remained and Northview wasn't done yet.
Raines had eight of her 20 points in the period and Whitted hit seven-of-nine shots from the field for 15 of her game-high 25 points. Northview led 59-26 and cruised from that point on for the victory that pushed their record to 5-0 in the WIC.
"We really took advantage of having a 6'5 center (Whitted)," commented Medworth. "(Sullivan) threw some different looks at us but the girls did a good job of adjusting. We've got some guards who can take care of the ball and put it in the hole."
In fact, the Knights got 40 points from their guards as Traci Sanders scored six points and Hayes contributed another 12 for Northview and Jennifer Gregg added two points in addition to helping run a high octane offense on Friday.
After the girls won comfortably, the Northview boys had to battle all the way to the second overtime horn before getting their victory.
Nick Wells hit six-of-eight free throws in the second overtime and senior guard Devon Chamberlain came off the bench to nail all four of his crucial free throws in the victory.
"Devon is the kind of kid who doesn't fear failure," commented coach Mitch Lancaster. "He's a strong kid who wants to step up and make plays. It was big for him to step in and make those free throws and I think it helped the rest of the kids relax a little."
The rollercoaster ride began late in regulation as Northview edged out to a 34-33 lead on two Wells free throws with under two minutes remaining. From there, the lead see-sawed back-and-forth with a floater from Derrick DeMoss that gave the Arrows a one point lead at the 1:16 mark and a Jared Timm jumper returned the lead to the Knights. Evan Baker made his first big shot to follow for the Arrows and with time winding down, Brinn Meunier fearlessly drove to the hoop for a runner in the paint and a 38-37 Northview lead.
At the other end, with time winding down, DeMoss stumbled and lost the ball out of bounds for the Arrows and it looked like the Knights had the win with just six seconds left.
But Sullivan fouled before the inbound pass and Brodee Miller hit one-of-two free throws, missing the second one. The Arrows rebounded and drove the length of the court and Baker scored on a twisting layin at the buzzer to force the first overtime.
The first extra session was a low scoring affair as Wells scored two free throws and DeMoss hit one early on. With 56 seconds remaining, Miller hit a free throw to extend the lead to 42-40. However, after a Sullivan miss, Baker stole the ball at halfcourt with a sliding pilfer and laid the ball home to tie the score at 42-all with 14 seconds left. The Knights got a long jumper at the horn but Meunier's shot wouldn't fall.
Perhaps the biggest key to the Northview win was getting Sullivan's point guard, DeMoss into foul trouble in regulation. DeMoss who keys the offense and spurs the defense, played with four fouls for much of the fourth quarter and into the second overtime before he was caught reaching in on a dive for a loose ball.
"(DeMoss) displayed some excellent hustle," noted Lancaster. "He really disrupted us. It was big for us to get him into foul trouble."
He fouled out following a pair of Wells' free throws with 2:51 left in the second overtime. From there, Sullivan couldn't get a quality shot off and Northview was able to force the Arrows into fouling. Timm hit a free throw to give the Knights a 45-42 lead before Chamberlain scored a pair and Miller, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, got another from the charity stripe.
Leading 48-42, the Knights hit eight-of-10 from the line to clinch the game.
Wells led the Knights with 23 points and six rebounds with Timm contributing nine and Meunier another seven points.
"This was a persevering, defensive struggle," said Lancaster. "Both teams played strong defensively. I thought Brodee (Miller) played well against (Justin) Ridge and didn't give him anything easy tonight."
The Northview boys (7-8 overall, 3-2 WIC) won their third straight game and will travel to West Vigo tonight with the girls squad who improved to 11-6 overall with their fourth straight win. Tipoff this evening is at 6 p.m.
DeMoss 3-7 3-4 10, Dudley 2-5 0-0 4, Landis 1-7 0-0 2, Baker 5-11 0-0 1, Ridge 5-8 2-2 15, Abrams 1-6 0-0 2, Smith 1-3 1-2 4, Weinheimer 0-3 0-0 0, Unger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-51 6-8 48.
Meunier 3-8 0-0 7, Timm 3-4 3-4 9, Stuckey 0-2 0-0 1, Miller 4-4 5-10 13, Wells 5-8 13-18 23, Chamberlain 0-1 4-4 4, Medearis 0-2 0-0 0, Reece 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-29 25-37 56.
3-point fieldgoals -- SL 6-16 (Ridge 3-4, DeMoss 1-2, Baker 1-4, Smith 1-2, Weinheimer 0-2, Landis 0-2), NV 1-9 (Meunier 1-5, Stuckey 0-2, Chamberlain 0-1, Timm 0-1). Total Rebounds -- SL 17 (Ridge 7), NV 29 (Miller 10, Wells 6). Total Fouls -- SL 28, NV 13. Fouled out -- SL (DeMoss, Dudley). Turnovers -- SL 6, NV 16.
Dugan 5-12 0-0 1, Moore 1-4 0-0 2, Lahay 4-12 1-4 9, LeDune 0-1 0-0 0, Huff 1-7 1-2 3, Gadberry 1-4 0-0 2, Whitlock 1-4 0-0 3, Horton 0-2 0-0 0, Turner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-51 2-6 32.
Hayes 5-11 0-0 12, Gregg 1-1 0-0 2, Raines 7-16 3-4 20, Spugnardi 0-0 0-2 0, Whitted 12-20 1-3 25, Sanders 2-7 0-0 6, Birkey 0-1 0-0 0, Fulk 0-0 0-0 0, Raderstorf 3-4 0-0 6, Plummer 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-58 4-9 71.
3-point fieldgoals -- SL 2-12 (Huff 0-3, Whitlock 1-1, Dugan 1-5, Moore 0-2, LeDune 0-1), NV 7-17 (Hayes 2-7, Raines 3-6, Sanders 2-4). Total Rebounds -- SL 25 (Dugan 6, Lahay 5), NV 45 (Whitted 12, Hayes 6). Total Fouls -- SL 7, NV 8. Turnovers -- SL11, NV 7.