For the Brazil Times
MOORESVILLE -- If the Mooresville Pioneers were not in the same sectional as the Northview Knights, coach Mitch Lancaster might burn the game tape from Saturday night. He might burn it anyway.
The toughest weekend of Northview's boys high school basketball schedule at Terre Haute South on Friday ended with a 53-42 loss at Mooresville and some of the worst basketball the Knights have played this season.
"Two road games, we knew they were going to be tough. We were coming in (to Mooresville) hoping for a split. We thought we played well enough in the first half. For the most part (we) outplayed them and we got into foul trouble. The second half we couldn't score enough to counter anything that they did,"? Northview coach Mitch Lancaster said.
"The only thing we can do is look at this game, and the second half is the worst half of basketball we have played offensively and defensively the entire season. We just got to chalk it up as a horrible half, and we got to move on."
The loss dropped the Knights to 8-4 on the season. The 42 points is Northview's season low and all four losses have come when the Knights scored under 50.
After the opening quarter, Northview didn't have an answer for Mooresville guard Matt Kenney. The 6-2 junior guard put together a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Kenney hit 3-of-6 three-point shots over Northview's zone defense and when the Knights went man-to-man, he drove to the basket. The only thing Kenney didn't show to college scouts was a mid-range jump shot.
"The only plus, defensively, (was) our 3-2 zone and (Kenney) was able knock down threes all night, and when he does that it makes him a super effective player. You could see what they did to us when we went man-to-man,"? Lancaster said.
Guard Austin Akers netted nine points, hitting three 3-point shots.
Center Tyler Coltharp finished with four points after getting into foul trouble in the second quarter.
Northview led 13-8 after one quarter, and took a 21-17 lead with 3:01 left in the second period on a three by Akers and a driving lay up by Caleb Whitman. But Mooresville closed the half with a 7-0 run, led by Kenney, to take a 24-21 halftime lead.
Northview didn't score for the final 3:01 of the first half and first 90 seconds of the third period. The Knights did not score a field goal for five minutes and 13 seconds.
"Offensively our scorers had trouble scoring and defensively we just simply couldn't contain Kenny. We just totally broke down."?
Despite that scoring drought, when Timm finally knocked the lid off the rim with 5:12 left in the third period, the score was knotted 24-24.
Mooresville responded, or more precisely, Kenny countered, with a 9-0 run that put the Pioneers up 33-24 and in complete control. A three by Akers and another driving lay up by Whitman cut Mooresville's lead to 33-29 going into the fourth quarter.
Mooresville opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run. The Pioneers' largest lead was 17 points, 53-36.
The Northview junior varsity is 4-4 after beating Mooresville 44-32 on Saturday.
Derek Duncan and Trent Lancaster led the Knights with 11 points each.
Knight notes -- Northiew went into Saturday's game at Mooresville allowing 53 points per game and scoring 57 points... Northview is now 2-2 against Class 4A schools, all in Class 4A Sectional 13. The Knights are 3-1 against Class 3A opponents are 1-1 against Class 2A teams (including Marshall, Ill.) and 2-0 against Class A teams... Northview plays Friday night at Bloomington North High School which tips off 6 p.m. for the JV and 7:30 p.m. for the varsity. The Knights are at home on Saturday in a WIC contest against South Vermillion.
Whitman 4-7 0-1 8, Reynolds 1-7 0-0 3, Coltharp 1-3 2-4 4, Timm 5-10 2-4 12, Akers 3-9 0-0 9, N. Lancaster 0-1 0-0 0, Kirby 1-2 0-0 2, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Bradshaw 1-1 0-0 2, T. Lancater 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 16-40 FG, 6-11 FT, 42 TP.
Ruble 2-5 0-0 5, Caudill 1-3 0-0 2, Viles 0-2 0-0 0, Kenney 8-15 2-4 21, Mossbrucker 4-8 1-2 11, Broderick 1-1 0-0 2, Rhodes 6-7 0-0 12, Surenkamp 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Wolf 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-42 FG, 3-6 FT, 53 TP.
3Pt. Goals: Nv 4-17 (Akers 3-8, Reynolds 1-5, Whitman 0-3, Timm 0-1, Mv 6-12 (Kenny 3-6, Mossbrucker 2-4, Ruble 1-1, Caudill 0-1). Total fouls: Nv 13, Mv 11. Fouled out: Mossbrucker. Turnovers: Nv 8, Mv 8. Rebounds: 17 (Whitman 5), Mv 27 (Kenny 10). Steals: Nv 5 (Akers, Coltharp 5), Mv 4 (Caudill, Mossbrucker 2). FG Pct. Nv .400, Mv .423. 3-pt.FG Pct. Nv .235, Mv .400. FT Pct. Nv .545, Mv .500.
JV game: Northview 44, Mooresville 32.
Next game - Friday night, Northview (8-4) plays at Bloomington North.