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Northview win gives Lancaster 250th career win

Friday, January 25, 2008

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Zach Kirby goes up for a bucket in Friday's conference win over Sullivan. Kirby came off the bench for four points and three rebounds.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The Northview Knights gave their coach, Mitch Lancaster the best birthday present a coach can get on Friday night.

A victory.

Even more special was that the win was the 250th of Lancaster's career, an 82-37 win over Sullivan.

The second straight lopsided conference win, coming on the heels of last week's 70-26 victory against South Vermillion, was sparked by their press defense that started from the opening tip.

The Knights forced back-to-back turnovers after Sullivan got the opening tip and Northview scored on both to force a quick timeout from Sullivan coach Jeff Moore.

The break didn't help much as Northview scored early and often, sparked by its zone press and perimeter shooting.

The defense forced seven first quarter turnovers and the Knights hit 12-of-16 shots from the field, including three from long range while piling up 30 points in the first quarter. Leading 30-9 after the opening quarter, the Knights didn't cool off in the second quarter even when they subbed in their bench.

Seven-of-10 shots dropped in the second quarter as Austin Akers scored 14 of his 15 points before halftime and four different Northview players had seven or more points before the break.

The Knights hit the 50-point mark in the first half and had the game salted away before the Arrows really knew what hit them.

"This group has really been a joy to coach and they've been working hard on defense," said Lancaster after the game. "The kids are competing. Our goal is to get as good as we can before the sectional."

If that's the case, teams maybe should take notice of a team that hit 68 percent from the field through three quarters (25-of-37).

Northview got rolling quickly after the break and did a remarkable job of finishing despite being fouled. The Knights got to the line 33 times in the game.

Tyler Coltharp started the half with a score and Nick Lancaster followed with a three-point play and Jered Timm added a hoop and was fouled. Northview could have perhaps added to their sizable win, but hit only 18 of their 33 free throws.

The Knights opened the half on an 11-4 and the bench got plenty of playing the remainder of the way.

Four Knights hit double figures, led by Akers' 15. Coltharp reached 13 points with Timm adding 12 and Nick Lancaster chipping in with 10. Overall, all 12 Knights got on the scoreboard.

The Knights improve to 10-5 overall and finish 5-1 in the WIC with a Saturday game against Plainfield.

Boys' basketball

At Northview

Sullivan (37)

Boyd 2-5 1-2 5, Huff 4-9 0-0 8, Willis 3-7 2-2 9, Nash 1-3 0-0 3, Thompson 2-7 1-2 5, Turner 1-6 0-0 2, V.Bedwell 0-2 0-0 0, D.Bedwell 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 2-3 0-0 5, Shorter 0-2 1-2 1. Totals: 15-44 5-8 37.

Northview (82)

N.Lancaster 4-6 1-2 10, Timm 4-6 4-5 12, Akers 5-7 3-4 15, Whitman 2-2 0-0 4, Coltharp 5-7 3-7 13, Kirby 2-5 0-0 4, T.Lancaster 1-4 1-2 4, Robertson 2-3 0-2 5, White 2-4 0-0 4, Reynolds 2-2 2-3 7, Bradshaw 1-1 1-2 3, Duncan 0-4 1-2 1. Totals: 28-51 18-33 82.

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3-point fieldgoals -- SL 3-9 (Willis 1-3, Smith 1-2, Nash 1-2, V.Bedwell 0-1, Hiatt 0-1), Nv 4-15 (Akers 2-4, Timm 0-1, N.Lancaster 1-3, White 0-1, Duncan 0-3, Kirby 0-1, T.Lancaster 0-1, Reynolds 1-1). Total Rebounds -- SL 27 (Thompson 9), Nv 30 (Coltharp 5). Total Fouls -- SL 25, Nv 11. Turnovers -- SL 18, Nv 5.



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