Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview Knights found themselves in unfamiliar territory during the second day of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic.
The day after taking a roundhouse hit from the Marshall Lions, the Knights took to the court to play in their first 10 a.m. losers bracket game in seven Classic appearances.
Afterwards, the Knights' opponent, Riverton Parke, was likely wishing that Northview had chosen to sleep in a bit longer.
Northview scored 20-plus points in each of the first three quarters while bouncing back for a 82-45 win over the Panthers to advance to today's 1 p.m. game against Bethesda Christian, a 67-59 winner versus Linton-Stockton.
Northview coach Mitch Lancaster was understandably pleased with his team's play following a discouraging opening defeat.
"We played extremely hard," said the sixth-year head coach. "Yesterday (the Marshall loss) was an anomaly. . .it was a humbling and learning experience."
During Thursday's second round game, it was Riverton Parke that struggled to stay with the Knights' pace.
Northview's intent was quickly known when it came out pushing the tempo and pressing on defense.
But as the Knights tightened their defense, the Panthers couldn't maintain the pace.
Tyler Coltharp had six opening quarter points as Northview grabbed a 21-14 lead.
The torrid pace continued in the second quarter where Austin Akers began driving to the bucket, getting to the line for four free throws and a field goal. Jered Timm heated up as well, scoring on a variety of acrobatic moves to the hoop. Timm hit his first four shots of the quarter, which added up to a 13-point half.
When the dust cleared, the Knights had taken control with a 23-13 outburst for a 44-27 lead at the midway point.
The first half was a harbinger of things to come.
The Panthers were held scoreless until the 3:30 mark of the third quarter, hitting just one-of-11 shots from the field for the period.
Northview had no such scoring issues while peeling off a 12-0 run to open the half and finishing on a 13-2 run to blow open a 69-31 gap.
Caleb Whitman opened the quarter with a tip-in and Timm went baseline for a 48-27 lead on the way to a team-high 19 points.
Coltharp, who was part of the All-Tourney Team last season, added a three-point play followed by a hoop from Timm, a free throw from Akers and two charity tosses from Timm.
Trailing 56-27, Wilson finally ended the drought for the Panthers with a basket.
The Knights used their defense to add to dig the Panthers' hole deeper when Northview forced three consecutive turnovers at halfcourt, scoring on each one.
Zach Kirby scored on a fast break followed by back-to-back tallies from Akers, who had 12 points in the game.
Kirby would add another hoop before the buzzer sounded and Trent Lancaster went the length of the court for a score and a 38-point lead.
"The next three games I told the kids are about getting the pride back and being humble," said Lancaster. "We need to improve each game. We can gain a lot of positives and be tougher."
Northview used its bench for much of the fourth quarter, getting plenty of minutes for each of its players.
Clint Reynolds opened the fourth quarter with two free throws and senior Keaton Robertson followed with a basket to push the lead to 73-31. Josh Wilson and Grant Mitchell followed with 3-pointers for the Panthers, but Jonathan Bradshaw answered with a basket and Kirby scored his sixth point off an assist from Trent Lancaster.
Lancaster would cap the Northview scoring with two more hoops on his way to seven in the game.
"We were able to get all 11 players in and get everyone some minutes," said Lancaster.
That balance will be an advantage as Northview should have some fresh legs heading into today's third game in three days.
At T.H. North H.S.
Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic
Timm 8-12 2-2 19, Akers 3-8 6-8 12, T.Lancaster 3-4 1-4 7, Whitman 2-2 2-2 6, Coltharp 4-8 5-6 13, N.Lancaster 2-3 1-1 5, Reynolds 3-4 2-2 10, Robertson 1-2 0-0 2, Bradshaw 1-1 0-0 2, Kirby 3-7 0-0 6, Duncan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-51 19-25 82.
Riverton Parke (45)
Vaughn 0-2 0-0 0, Mitchell 2-10 2-2 6, Wilson 9-18 4-4 24, Frink 3-10 0-0 6, McLaughlin 0-1 0-0 0, Helton 0-1 3-4 3, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0, Knoblett 0-0 0-0 0, Lehman 3-6 0-0 6. Totals: 17-48 9-10 45.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 3-11 (Reynolds 2-2, Timm 1-2, Kirby 0-2, Akers 0-4, Coltharp 0-1), RP 3-11 (Wilson 2-6, Mitchell 1-1, Lehman 0-1, Helton 0-1, Vaughn 0-1, Frink 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 33 (Reynolds 6, Coltharp 5), RP 20 (Mitchell 5). Total Fouls -- Nv 14, RP 15. Turnovers -- Nv 15, RP 19.