Times Staff Reporter
The Northview freshman boys' basketball closed out the regular season on a high note with a 44-25 victory over the Terre Haute North Patriots Thursday night.
"It feels good to end the regular season with a victory at home," Northview Freshman Coach Josh Trout said.
The Knights began the game looking to pound the ball in the paint as the offense ran through Chance Talbot and Bryant Pestoff the majority of the first quarter.
The strategy paid off as Northview took a 13-4 lead into the second quarter.
Terre Haute North aided the Knights' cause by turning the ball over eight times in the first half, compared to three for Northview.
As the first half progressed, Zach Hull imposed his will on the Patriots by scoring nine points on 4-5 shooting from the field.
Going into the half, the Knights' held a comfortable 24-11 lead, but the Patriots would bear down in the third quarter to make things interesting.
The Knights' shooting fell by the wayside in the third as they scored only two points in the stanza, allowing the Patriots to creep up to a 26-19 deficit going into the final quarter.
"North has a good team and I told the guys we needed to make better shot selection in the fourth quarter," Trout said.
The coaching paid off as the Knights pushed the game out of reach with a 15-2 run to start the fourth quarter, giving them a 41-21 lead going into the final two minutes.
Dillon Reynolds got things started in the fourth for the Knights with a breakaway layup and free throw followed up by a 16-foot bank shot by Talbot.
Northview tightened up on the defensive end as well, forcing numerous one-shot possessions and quickly working the ball up the court on subsequent rebounds.
The non-conference victory gave the Knights a 10-9 (2-2 WIC) record on the season going into the WIC Tournament.
"The kids played hard and the win gives us momentum going into the tournament," Trout said. "Plus, it is always nice to get a victory over a Terre Haute school."
Talbot led the Knights with 12 points, paired with 6 rebounds, followed by nine from Reynolds and Hull, four apiece from Pestoff and Jacob Ninesling, Jordan Girton pitched in with a three-pointer and Connor Bowman and Alex Jervis added two and one, respectively.
The Knights' freshman boys' team will next take on Owen Valley in the WIC Tournament at Edgewood High School, at 11:30 a.m., Saturday.
In the freshman "B" game, the Knights came out victorious, 17-6, in a half's worth of play.
Terre Haute North (25)
Rosselli 3-11 0-0 6, Heck 5-9 0-2 10, Gardner 1-3 1-2 3, Utterback 0-0 0-0 0, Daugherty 2-8 0-0 4, Carpenter 0-3 0-0 0, Stevens 1-3 0-0 2
Reynolds 4-13 1-1 9, Girton 1-3 0-0 3, Talbot 5-9 2-3 12, Pestoff 2-4 0-3 4, Hull 4-8 0-0 9, Watts 0-1 0-0 0, Jervis 0-3 1-2 1, Bowman 1-2 0-0 2, Ninesling 1-4 2-4 4, Wheeler 0-1 0-0 0
Field Goals -- THN 11-38, NV 19-48. 3-point field goals -- THN 0-7 (Rosselli 0-3, Heck 0-1, Gardner 0-2, Daugherty 0-1), NV 2-9 (Girton 1-2, Hull 1-3, Reynolds 0-3, Jervis 0-1). Total Rebounds -- THN 22 (Daugherty 9), NV 26 (Ninesling 7). Turnovers -- THN 14, NV 9. Total Fouls THN 16, NV 3.
Next game: NV vs. Owen Valley (WIC Tournament), 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Edgewood High School.
Freshman "B" game -- Northview wins 17-6.