Times Sports Editor
ELLETSVILLE -- The Northview Knights dominated play in the paint against a talented Edgewood team looking to repeat as WIC champions. However, the Knights were also a combined 0-19 from beyond the 3-point arc and Edgewood was able to make a double-digit first half lead hold up in a 54-44 Mustangs win.
I've been a big believer that missed shots don't cost you ball games, but at the 4A level, you have to make an outside shot," Northview coach Ernie Maesch commented. "You have to make a 3-point shot and we're going to make them, I have no qualms about that, we're going to keep shooting them and we're going to knock them down. We've got guys that can do that. We've still got guys that are shooting a little quick, but they'll go in and when they do, it's contagious."
On Friday night, the Mustangs' Alex Narey put on a shooting clinic of his own, knocking home eight-of-nine shots from the field, including six-of-seven from 3-point range on the way to 23 points. Narey was pivotal in the first half as Edgewood took a 27-14 lead at halftime. The 5'10 junior guard hit a trio of 3-pointers to go with 6'5 forward, Levi Garner's 10 points and the Mustangs clamped down on the Knights defensively as well.
"He can make a couple, but that's uncharacteristic what he did tonight," Maesch said of Narey. "He's a great player, he's a penetrator, go to the free throw line and finish. Tonight, we shouldn't have given him some open shots."
At the midway point, the Knights made some adjustments and began to pound the ball into the post to find Jonathan Bradshaw and Jacob Musgrave.
Bradshaw hit all three of his shots from the field in the third quarter to go with four free throws as Northview tried to chip away at the lead.
The Knights got within 36-28 after a bucket by Musgrave, but it was sophomore Brandon Owens who completed a three-point play for the Mustangs and Narey drilled a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to extend the Edgewood lead back to 42-30.
The Knights weren't going to go away however as Trent Lancaster penetrated to the hoop in the fourth quarter for six of his 14 points and Bradshaw added another six points on the way to a team-high 21 to go with 11 rebounds.
Lancaster scored on a finger roll after an Edgewood turnover to get Northview within 49-43 with 1:03 remaining in the game, but Owens sank four straight free throws as the Knights tried to narrow the gap from 3-point land to no avail.
After the game, Maesch felt his team just fell too far behind early and couldn't climb out of the hole.
"Tonight, (Edgewood) made some '3's and they made them deep and we didn't. I thought we battled every bit as hard as they did, maybe better," Maesch said. "We got them inside and got em on the boards real good, but we didn't hold our composure early with that pressure and let them get that lead on us."
Narey had a game-high 23 points to lead Edgewood with Lancaster tallying 14 for Northview and Musgrave adding nine. No other Knights scored in the game.
The Knights are now 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the WIC and host Avon tonight in a 5 p.m. start for the freshmen game followed by the JV and varsity.
Reynolds 0-5 0-0 0, Lancaster 5-16 4-5 14, Bradshaw 6-9 7-10 21, Mershon 0-6 0-0 0, Musgrave 4-8 1-4 9, Hyatt 0-1 0-0 0, Van Horn 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-1 0. Totals: 15-46 12-19 44.
Narey 8-9 1-2 23, Meek 4-6 0-0 8, Raventos 0-1 0-0 0, Garner 5-14 2-5 14, Horne 0-3 0-0 0, Ridge 0-3 0-0 0, Owens 1-3 3-4 6, Walls 1-2 1-1 3, Glaze 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-41 7-12 54.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 0-19 (Lancaster 0-8, Reynolds 0-4, Mershon 0-6, Bradshaw 0-1), EW 8-16 (Narey 6-7, Garner 2-4, Owens 0-1, Meek 0-2, Ridge 0-1). Total Rebounds -- EW 21 (Garner 7), Nv 36 (Bradshaw 11, Musgrave 8). Total Fouls -- Nv 17, EW 19. Turnovers -- Nv 8, EW 8.