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Northview JV teams split overtime contests

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Northview's Damon Hyatt elevates over an Owen Valley defender in the first half of the boys' 44-42 overtime victory against the Patriots Thursday night.

Times Staff Reporter

Fans of Northview's junior varsity basketball teams should be thankful if they have any fingernails left.

Both the girls' and boys' teams played dramatic overtime contests against the Owen Valley Patriots Thursday night at Northview High School.

The boys overcame multiple deficits in the fourth quarter and overtime to defeat the Patriots, 44-42.

The Knights trailed 30-22 heading in to the fourth quarter, but an 8-0 run left the game tied with 3:05 remaining.

Hunter Robertson later banked in a three-pointer with 6.7 left in the fourth to bring the Knights within a point at 34-33. After Jared Gilstrap hit a pair of free throws to extend the Patriots' lead to 36-33, Robertson again banked in a desparation, off-balance triple as regulation time expired to send the game into overtime.

"We hit a couple of lucky shots late," Boys' Coach Chris DeHart said. "I think Hunter may have found a new shot."

In overtime, the Patriots took a 42-40 lead late, but Northview's Damon Hyatt hit a pair of clutch free throws with 7.7 seconds left to tie the game.

Owen Valley turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds pass, setting up even more drama.

Northview's Alyssa Conrad (left) and Jessica LaTourette collapse on the Owen Valley ballhandler in the paint during the girls' 28-23 overtime loss to the Patriots Thursday night.
After making a couple of juke moves and a pump fake, Hyatt elevated and hit a game-winning 18-footer with 1.3 seconds left and time expired before the Patriots could get the ball inbounds.

"At the start of the fourth quarter, I emphasized that we needed to make pump fakes to get a better shot off," DeHart said. "We did that and, along with making our free throws down the stretch, it really paid off."

Robertson led the Knights (3-3, 2-2 WIC) with 15 points, followed by 12 from Hyatt, six from Jordan VanHorn, and Justin Rodgers, Shiloh Holifield and Dalton Rohr pitched in five, four and two points, respectively.

The girls, on the other hand, did not have the same luck as the boys.

Northview's girls' JV squad lost a fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Patriots, 28-23, in overtime to fall to 4-5 (2-2 WIC) on the season.

The Knights led 19-17 after three quarters but could only muster four points in the fourth and overtime combined.

"We didn't execute in the fourth quarter and overtime," Girls' Coach Heather Keller said. "They clamped down on a couple of our key players and everything seemed to break down toward the end."

Jessica LaTourette was a big factor for the Knights in the first half, but the Patriots employed a stifling 2-3 zone in the second half and overtime to shut her down.

"They made it really tough for her to grab rebounds and get putbacks like she was doing early in the game," Keller said.

Owen Valley's Danielle Matsel hit a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 23. Matsel also made three freebies in the extra period as the Patriots scored all five of their points in overtime from the stripe.

LaTourette led the Knights in scoring with nine points, and was helped out with six from Kylie McKee, four from Jonnica Johnson, and a pair from both Alyssa Conrad and Allie Sharton to round out the scoring.

The boys will stay at home to face Columbus East Saturday, at 6 p.m., while the girls will play Cascade Tuesday, at 6 p.m., also at Northview.

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Boys' JV

At Northview

Owen Valley (42)

Hoadley 0-2 0-0 0, Lientz 2-5 1-2 5, Christenberry 3-5 0-1 9, Shedd 2-4 0-1 4, Byrd 1-2 0-0 2, Gilstrap 3-9 4-4 10, White 5-7 4-6 12

Northview (44)

Hyatt 4-7 2-2 12, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Rodgers 2-12 1-2 5, Robertson 5-10 2-2 15, VanHorn 2-6 2-4 6, King 0-3 0-0 0, Holifield 2-3 0-1 4, Pinnick 0-1 0-0 0, Rohr 0-2 2-2 2

Owen Valley714966--42

3-point field goals -- OV 3-8 (Christenberry 3-5), NV 5-8 (Robertson 3-4, Hyatt 2-3). Total Rebounds -- OV 24 (White 6), NV 21 (Hyatt, Rodgers 6). Turnovers -- OV 18, NV 11. Total Fouls OV 12, NV 17. Fouled out -- NV Rodgers.

Next game: NV vs. Columbus East, 6 p.m., Saturday, at Northview.

Girls' JV

At Northview

Owen Valley (28)

Matsel 4-6 4-6 13, Letman 0-3 0-0 0, Leichter 2-6 5-8 9, Marsh 1-5 0-0 2, Heaslet 0-2 2-5 2, Hamm 1-1 0-1 2, Whittington 0-1 0-0 0

Northview (23)

Conrad 1-4 0-0 2, McKee 2-9 0-1 6, J. Latourette 3-6 3-5 9, Sharton 1-4 0-1 2 Webster 0-7 0-0 0, Bass 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 2-5 0-0 4

Owen Valley55765--28

3-point field goals -- OV 1-5 (Matsel 1-3), NV 3-10 (McKee 2-5, Sharton 1-2). Total Rebounds -- OV 20 (Heaslet 7), NV 21 (J. LaTourette 11). Turnovers -- OV 20, NV 16. Total Fouls -- OV 11, NV 15.

Next game: NV vs. Cascade, 6 p.m., Saturday, at Northview.

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Damon Hyatt, your doing a fantastic job and even though your fellow freshmen team misses you , we are VERY proud of you!!! SB

-- Posted by jgsmom on Fri, Jan 9, 2009, at 10:48 AM

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