Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- For three quarters of Friday's inter-county battle between Northview and Terre Haute South, the Knights were every bit the match of the Braves.
But over a four minute span of the fourth quarter, South strung together an 11-0 run to pull away for a 62-47 victory to improve to 9-3 overall.
The Braves 1-2-2 zone trap defense had success early in the game and was the fuel that ignited the final fire for South in the fourth period.
Northview had an answer for two scoring runs that could have put the game out of reach early in the contest, but Jake Odum started the final run with a jumper and then converted a steal for a lay-in. The trap forced another Northview turnover the following trip down the court that ended in a pair of free throws by Odum's brother Zach.
Suddenly leading 48-40, Spencer Barnett provided what might have been the final dagger, hitting his fourth 3-pointer of the game to push the lead to 51-40 with five minutes remaining.
"It was a game of spurts," commented Northview coach Mitch Lancaster. "When we scored, we scored in spurts and when we didn't, we didn't score in spurts," quipped the Knights' coach.
The Braves got out to an early lead while Northview adjusted to the Braves' defensive pressure. Barnett knocked down his first 3-pointer and Jake Odum got a couple of early buckets.
Northview's defense kept them within striking distance despite four early turnovers. The Knights hit just one field goal while falling back 11-5 after the first eight minutes of the game.
Quick passing away from the trap and some timely 3-point shooting got the Knights rolling in the second period as Clint Reynolds started a trifecta barrage by hitting both of his 3-pointers in the quarter. Jered Timm slashed to the hoop for a score and two free throws and Tyler Coltharp completed a three-point play to close the gap to 29-23 at halftime.
"We didn't have much room for error with our possessions," said Lancaster. "We had to make everything count. The middle two quarters, I don't think we could have played any better."
Barnett earned South a nine-point lead with another 3-pointer to start the half and key a 6-0 run.
Trailing 36-23, the Knights got another 3-pointer from Reynolds, part of a career-high 17 points. Austin Akers followed with a three of his own to narrow the gap to 36-29.
Spencer Harlan, a 6'5 center, came of the bench to score seven points in the third quarter and cool off the Knights' burgeoning momentum.
Reynolds hit a floating runner in the lane to get the Knights within 40-33 and Coltharp followed with a score off an assist from Reynolds who passed out of a trap.
After Harlan scored, Reynolds ended the quarter with a 3-pointer to get Northview within 42-38.
The Knights would get within 42-40 to open the fourth quarter when Caleb Whitman stole a South rebound in the backcourt and sent home a reverse lay-in.
From there, the Braves took control, forcing three quick turnovers and converting on each chance at the offensive end.
"We just went on that drought in the fourth quarter," said Lancaster. "The first four minutes of the fourth quarter, they just got us. We were right there."
After holding leading scorer, Jake Odum to just 11 points through three quarters, he converted two Northview turnovers into points in the fourth quarter on his way to a game-high 20 points.
"You have to tip your cap to Coach (Mike) Saylor," mentioned Lancaster. "(The Braves) play hard and they made the plays when the game was on the line."
Northview got eight points from Timm and seven points from Coltharp, who led the team with six rebounds.
The junior varsity held a late lead off a 3-pointer from Trent Lancaster, but South overcame the deficit for a 29-26 victory.
Lancaster had 12 points and Justin White added eight in the game.
The Knights drop to 8-3 overall and will head to Mooresville tonight for a 6 p.m. tip-off for the junior varsity.
N.Lancaster 1-3 2-3 5, Timm 2-6 4-4 8, Akers 2-6 0-0 6, Reynolds 6-9 0-0 17, Coltharp 3-4 1-3 7, Whitman 1-3 0-2 2, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Kirby 1-2 0-0 2, White 0-0 0-0 0, T.Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0, Bradshaw 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-33 7-12 47.
T.H. South (62)
Z.Odum 3-8 4-5 10, Jarvis 1-3 2-2 5, Ja.Odum 7-13 6-9 20, Barnett 5-7 0-0 14, Austin 1-1 0-0 2, Harlan 3-5 1-2 7, Shouse 1-2 2-2 4, Weaver 0-0 0-0 0, Worrell 0-0 0-0 0, Stephens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-39 12-16 62.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 8-19 (Reynolds 4-7, Akers 2-6, Timm 0-1, N.Lancaster 1-3, Whitman 0-2), THS 5-10 (Barnett 4-6, Jarvis 1-2, Ja.Odum 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 17 (Coltharp 6), THS 20 (Austin 6). Total Fouls -- Nv 16, THS 15. Turnovers -- Nv 14, THS 7.