Times Sports Editor
In the front of a large home crowd bolstered by homecoming and the annual lip-sync competition, the Northview boys' basketball team put on quite a show themselves.
The Knights held visiting South Vermillion scoreless during the third quarter, outscoring them 23-0 on the way to an easy 70-26 WIC victory.
Pushing the tempo the final couple of minutes of the first half and for most of the third quarter, the Knights took advantage of open court opportunities as well as forced turnovers to build a big lead.
"We've played at a slower pace the last month," said coach Mitch Lancaster of his team that has averaged just 42.6 ppg. during a three-game losing streak
Northview broke open a tight game midway through the second quarter as Austin Akers hit his final four shots of the half, part of a 12-point period. The result was a 32-17 halftime lead.
"We wanted to pick up our energy and in the second half we did that," commented Lancaster. "We did a good job of pushing the ball and getting easy baskets. In the second half the kids executed well."
That might actually be a huge understatement, considering the dominance the Knights displayed in the third quarter.
Northview pressured the Wildcats in the backcourt, forcing eight turnovers in the quarter and got rolling quickly on the offensive end.
Tyler Coltharp scored off a rebound and Akers continued his hot shooting, knocking home a 3-pointer and both Caleb Whitman and Jered Timm scored off back-to-back lobs. The Knights continued to run the ball, which gave them some easy looks before South Vermillion could set their defense.
Timm scored off a steal and lay-up and after a Wildcat turnover in the backcourt, he scored off a short jumper. Leading 47-17, Timm finished off a nine-point quarter with a three-point play and Zach Kirby scored the final three points of the period for a 55-17 lead.
After a 30-point run by the Knights, Lancaster subbed his bench in for most of the fourth period and got a pair of 3-pointers from Drew Duncan and five points from freshman Trent Lancaster.
The Knights put three players in double-figures led by Akers' 17 and Timm's 16 followed by 13 from Timm. Overall, eight different players scored for the Knights, who held the Wildcats to just three-of-19 shooting from the field in the second half.
The win also gets Northview back on the winning side of the ledger, which Lancaster feels will boost his team's confidence.
"We kind of had our heads down a little bit after losing three-straight," said Lancaster. "But that was a tough three-game stretch."
The Knights improved to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the WIC. Northview will host Sullivan on Friday night.
Walsh 2-8 0-0 5, Byram 1-5 0-1 2, Hastings 1-1 0-0 2, Mumaw 1-3 1-3 3, Harpenau 4-7 2-4 10, Stevens 0-4 1-2 1, Reyher 1-8 0-0 3, Scott 0-1 0-0 0, McGaha 0-1 0-0 0, McMasters 0-0 0-0 0, Hoggatt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-39 4-8 26.
Timm 7-13 1-1 16, Akers 5-10 2-2 17, Whitman 2-4 1-3 5, Reynolds 0-2 0-0 0, Coltharp 6-6 1-1 13, Kirby 1-1 1-2 3, T.Lancaster 2-4 0-0 5, N.Lancaster 2-3 0-0 5, Robertson 0-0 0-1 0, Bradshaw 0-2 0-0 0, Duncan 2-3 0-0 6. Totals: 26-48 6-10 70.
3-point fieldgoals -- SV 2-9 (Mumaw 0-2, Walsh 1-3, Reyher 1-3, Harpenau 0-1), Nv 8-16 (Akers 3-6, Duncan 2-3, Timm 1-2, N.Lancaster 1-2, Reynolds 0-2, Whitman 0-1). Total Rebounds - SV 19 (Byram 4, Stevens 4), Nv 30 (Coltharp 7, Kirby 4, Whitman 4). Total Fouls -- SV11, Nv 13. Turnovers -- SV 18, Nv 10.