Times Sports Editor
Northview is making a great habit of playing some of their best basketball in the fourth quarter this season.
Saturday night was no different as the Knights held visiting Brown County to just two-of-16 shooting from the field in the final period of a 57-40 win in the back half of a back-to-back stretch of games.
"We had a good fourth quarter with our defensive intensity," commented Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "We were able to get six or eight stops and that allowed us to spread the score."
The game was tight throughout with the Knights holding a narrow 38-35 lead after Nick Lancaster knocked home a 3-pointer to end the third period's scoring.
But the fourth quarter was again the pivotal period for the Knights.
The Knights opened by scoring on a lob to Caleb Whitman in the post for a score and following a Brown County turnover, Jered Timm rang up a score for a 42-35 lead.
The crucial moment of the game might have come on the following play as junior Austin Akers nabbed a steal from the Eagles and was cruising in for a breakaway layin when he was fouled intentionally by Kane Crabtree.
Akers would make just one of the free throws and Ethan Baird followed with a three-point play at the other end for the Eagles, but the hard foul seemed to spark Akers.
With a 43-38 lead, Northview would get a 3-pointe from Akers to start a 14-2 run to end the game. Akers scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the spurt.
"Austin hit a big 3-pointer that got us ignited," said Lancaster of his point guard. "He got into the open court and made (Brown County) pay. We need (Akers) to play well for us to have success."
Akers was certainly a crucial cog in Northview's march to Saturday's win, also adding six rebounds, but senior Tyler Coltharp was huge throughout as well.
Coltharp got to the line to hit seven free throws in the first half and yanked down 16 rebounds for the Knights.
"Going 10-of-14 from the line is important for him," noted Lancaster of Coltharp's freethrow success. "He's a workhorse and you can see him flying in there, he's got a nose for the ball," mentioned Lancaster of Coltharp's knack for rebounding.
Northview lead by double-digits briefly in the first half, getting a trio of 3-pointers from Clint Reynolds and Akers hit all three of his fieldgoals as well, but Brown County rallied behind a pair of 3-pointers from Baird, who had 15 points. Sean Sichting then drilled a 3-pointer at the first half horn to get Brown County within three points.
The Knights were also able to hold down sophomore center Garrett Davis, who rang up 19 points the evening before against Sullivan in a WIC win. Davis was held to just four points in Saturday's win.
Northview also turned the ball over just seven times in the game which helped counter some misses on easy looks inside that resulted in just 38 percent shooting (20-of-53) from the field.
In the JV game, the Knights got a late three-point play from Justin White, a hoop from Trent Lancaster and a bucket from Jacob Musgrave to pull away for a 41-30 victory.
White led the way with nine points followed by eight from Lancaster and six from Jonathan Bradshaw.
Nine Northview players scored in all.
The varsity win improves the Knights overall mark to 3-0 and 1-0 in the WIC with Friday's pivotal road game to West Vigo looming ahead.
Brown County (40)
Baird 6-21 1-1 15, Scott 3-7 0-0 7, Crabtree 2-5 2-2 6, Hostetter 1-1 1-1 3, Howard 0-3 2-2 2, Niehaus 0-3 0-0 0, Sichting 1-3 0-0 3, Freyshour 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 2-5 0-0 4. Totals: 15-49 6-6 40.
N.Lancaster 1-3 0-0 3, Timm 3-8 0-3 6, Akers 9-19 1-4 20, Reynolds 3-7 0-0 9, Coltharp 2-10 10-14 14, Whitman 2-6 0-0 4, Robertson 0-0 1-1 1, Kirby 0-0 0-0 0, Duncan 0-0 0-0 0, Bradshaw 0-0 0-0 0, T.Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-53 12-23 57.
3-point fieldgoals -- BC 4-15 (Baird 2-9, Scott 1-2, Sichting 1-1, Crabtree 0-1, Howard 0-2), Nv 5-10 (Reynolds 3-4, Akers 1-2, N.Lancaster 1-2, Timm 0-2). Total Rebounds -- BC 34 (Crabtree 8, Scott 6), Nv 36 (Coltharp 16, Akers 6). Total Fouls -- BC 17, Nv 12. Turnovers -- BC 17, Nv 7.