Times Sports Editor
In a tightly contested Western Indiana Conference battle, South Vermillion came out on the winning side of a 50-42 overtime contest to spoil Northview's homecoming festivities on Friday night.
The victory halted a nine-game winning streak against the Wildcats that extended back to a 73-59 South Vermillion win on January 15, 2000.
The game was tight throughout as the margin was never more than four points through regulation play. Jonathan Bradshaw's free throw tied the game at 36 with 1:03 remaining in the fourth quarter and both teams had a shot at a game-winning shot.
The Knights' Dillon Reynolds made a leaping tip of a Wildcats' pass at midcourt that gave Northview the ball with 16 seconds left, but Jonathan Bradshaw stepped on the endline with 3.6 seconds to turn the ball over. Logan Laswell missed a halfcourt shot at the horn to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session it was the Knights' inability to make a shot that got them behind and Patrick Harpenau did much of the offensive work for the Wildcats, tallying 12 of his 19 points in the extra session. Harpenau hit all 10 of his free throws in the quarter as South Vermillion hit 12-of-13 in the four-minute period. The Knights didn't shot a single foul shot in OT, which told the tale of the rest of the contest according to Northview coach Ernie Maesch.
"(South Vermillion) shot 23 free throws, we shot six," Maesch stated matter-of-factly. "They were more physical than we were. We knew they had two guys that were going to score and one guy scored 25 and the other one scored 19. That's 44 of their 50 points."
Walsh was forced from the game barely two minutes in with his second foul and missed the rest of the quarter. The Knights weren't able to gain any traction however, missing 13-of-16 shots in the period and only eight-of-33 in the first half.
Northview held an 8-6 while Walsh watched from the sideline, but his return in the second quarter sparked the Wildcats.
The senior forward scored nine of South Vermillion's 12 points in the quarter as the game was tied at 18 at halftime. Northview got eight points from Jonathan Bradshaw before he sat with his third foul midway through the quarter.
In the second half, the teams traded the lead as Trent Lancaster sank a 3-pointer for a 21-20 Knights' lead, but Walsh answered with an offensive rebound and putback to return the lead to the Wildcats. Another 3-pointer from Lancaster and one from Dillon Reynolds pushed the Northview lead to its largest at 27-23, but Harpenau followed with South Vermillion's only 3-pointer to narrow the lead. He would later add a putback off another offensive rebound and Walsh gave his squad a 30-29 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Wildcats are a tough rebounding team and the Knights struggled at times to keep them off the offensive glass.
"Our inability to make an outside shot and our inability to box out on the weak side glass inevitably cost us the game," Maesch said. "I've got some guys that can rebound and defend for us a little bit, but then we go to the other end and it's another story. We have too many guys that only play on one side of the ball. We need more guys that can play both sides."
In the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer from Caleb Mershon gave Northview a 35-34 lead, but Walsh grabbed an offensive board and scored to give the Wildcats a 36-35 lead late in the game. Neither team could change the scoreboard until Bradshaw went to the line and hit one-of-two free throws to knot the score heading to overtime.
Harpenau opened the scoring in the extra session with his first two free throws and Jerrett Hastings followed with a bucket. South Vermillion scored the first six points of the OT before Mershon sank a 3-pointer with 1:15 left to get the Knights within 42-39. Harpenau followed however with two more from the charity stripe and the lead grew to 46-39 before Lancaster hit another from long-range with just 27.8 seconds remaining. The Wildcats added four from free throws and the Knights couldn't get any closer.
The loss is the Knights' sixth-straight and drops them to 0-4 in the WIC with a game against Owen Valley following a 6 p.m. girls' tip-off.
South Vermillion 50, Northview 42, OT
Laswell 2-10 0-0 4, Haltom 0-0 0-0 0, Walsh 9-14 7-10 25, Hasting 0-0 0-1 0, Harpenau 4-9 10-12 19, Reyher 1-3 0-0 2, Craigmyle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-36 17-23 50.
Talbot 1-2 1-2 3, Reynolds 1-3 0-0 3, Lancaster 5-22 1-2 14, Mershon 3-14 0-0 9, Bradshaw 5-11 1-2 11, Hyatt 0-1 0-0 0, Van Horn 1-2 0-0 2, Rohr 0-0 0-0 0, Pestoff 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-55 3-6 42.
3-point fieldgoals -- SV 1-7 (Laswell 0-5, Harpenau 1-2), Nv 7-28 (Lancaster 3-11, Mershon 3-13, Reynolds 1-2, Hyatt 0-1, Bradshaw 0-1). Total Rebounds -- SV 33 (Harpenau 9, Walsh 7), Nv 25 (Bradshaw 5, Lancaster 5). Total Fouls -- SV 10, Nv 21. Fouled out -- Nv (Bradshaw). Turnovers -- SV 15, Nv 9.