The Northview Knights will try to snap a five-game losing streak Tuesday when they host the Bloomington North Cougars in a non-conference boys' high school basketball game.
Northview dropped to 4-8 on the season Saturday, when Mooresville's outstanding swingman Matt Kenney exploded for 32 points, eight rebounds and four steals while leading the Pioneers to a 63-50 victory at Northview.
"This is my first time to get to coach against (Kenney), to see what he can and can't do. Videotape doesn't do (him) justice. To me, he might be the Damon Bailey. He can score anywhere on the floor and he gets a 25 or 30," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said.
Austin Akers, averaging 20.2 points per game, led the Knights with 19 points and nine boards. Clint Reynolds netted 12 points.
Despite the 13-point setback, Maesch believes the Knights are capable of playing with Mooresville, Plainfield, Martinsville and the two Terre Haute programs that are in the Class 4A Sectional 13 with Northview.
"Like I've said, I think we can play with all the teams in our sectional, it's doing it for 32 minutes. For three quarters here, we did it. (Kenney) just makes (Mooresville) so much better. He's a nice player because he does so much," Maesch said.
Northview led Mooresville through the first half, even with Akers in foul trouble. Akers gave the Knights a 15-10 lead in the first quarter with a three-point play, but picked up his second foul and he sat out the remainder of the period.
Still, NHS led 17-15 going into the second quarter. The lead changed hands three times in the first 2:30 of the period before the Knights slipped out to a 29-24 lead on the three-point play by Akers.
Trying to protect Akers from picking up his third foul, Maesch went to an offense-defense sutstitution pattern -- Akers in on offense, Akers out on defense.
Mooresville used a couple of Northview turnovers to cut the Knights halftime lead to 30-29.
"We made a couple of silly errors and mistakes and bad shots there in the middle to end of the second quarter (when) I thought we could have got (ahead) six or seven (points) going into the half, instead it's one point," Maesch said.
After three lead changes in the third quarter, Mooresville went ahead for good, 40-37, on a Kenney lay up. The Pioneers outscored the Knights, 15-5, over the last five minutes of the third period to lead 51-42 going into the final eight minutes.
"I don't know what defense you play. (Kenney) just sort of took the game over and took our momentum away," Maesch said.
Northview made one last charge. A two-pointer by Musgrave, a three from Trent Lancaster and a three-point play by Akers cut Mooresville's lead to 53-50 with 5:36 remaining.
Northview did not score again. The defensive effort to stop Kenney took everything the Knights had to give.
"Our three guns from the outside are trying to guard Kenney. They are (playing) a 1-3-1 (zone defense) trapping and they lost their legs and couldn't make a shot in the last five minutes," Maesch said.
"If we play them again (in the sectional), someone is going to have to step up and be tougher. As a team, our team doesn't have to guard Kenney, but we got to step up and be tougher. We let him drive through us a couple of times, just untouched, like we're scared. Someone has got to square him up, make an attempt and then hustle down to get a rebound.
Mooresville (63) -- Kenney 14-21 2-3 32, Rhodes 4-8 1-2 11, Broderick 1-2 0-1 2, Surenkamp 3-6 0-3 7, Caudill 3-6 0-1 6, Myrick 2-3 1-2 5, Johnson 0-1 0-1 0, Biggerstaff 0-0 0-0 0, Mowery 0-0 0-0 0, Viles 0-0 0-0 0, McKinley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-47 FG, 4-13 FT, 63 TP.
Northview (50) -- Akers 6-15 6-6 19, Bradshaw 3-4 0-0 6, Musgrave 3-3 1-2 7, Reynolds 4-8 2-2 12, Lancaster 2-8 1-1 6, Mershon 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Hyatt 0-0 0-0 0, Rector 0-0 0-0 0, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-38 FG, 10-11 FT, 50 TP.
Mooresville 15 14 22 12 -- 63
Northview 17 13 12 8 -- 50
3-pt. FG -- MHS 5-15 (Kenney 2-6, Rhodes 2-3, Surenkamp 1-3, Caudill 0-3), NHS 4-18 (Reynolds 2-6, Akers 1-6, Lancaster 1-6). Total Fouls -- MHS 13, NHS 14. Fouled Out -- None. Turnovers -- MHS 6, NHS 13. Rebounds -- MHS 23 (Kenney 8), NHS 25 (Akers 9, Musgrave 6).
Junior Varsity -- Mooresville won, 54-24.
Next game -- Northview (4-8) hosts Bloomington North Tuesday.