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Top-ranked Warriors too much for Knights

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Northview's senior basketball players (from left) Jordan Allen and Jonathan Bradshaw were honored on Saturday night.

Times Staff Reporter

The Northview basketball team ran full throttle into the immovable force that is the Danville Warriors, dropping a 63-27 decision Wednesday evening.

The Warriors, class 3A's top-ranked team, looked completely deserving of such an accolade, as they took it to the Knights early and often. Northview was unable to contain either the post or fast break game of Danville, which jumped out to a 35-12 lead at the half.

All told, seven Warrior players scored in a first half, which saw them shoot 67% (14-of-21), and out rebound the Knights 10-2. Northview coach Ernie Maesch offered a very direct reason for his team's lopsided defeat.

"They're really good," Maesch said. "We were going to have to play extraordinary to beat them and we didn't. We could not compete."

Danville's greatest strength is its interior game, and they took full advantage of the overmatched Knights. Travis Carroll, who will be playing at Purdue this time next year, had a game-high 15 points, while Jordan Weidner added 14. Carroll also had a game-high eight rebounds, which was only two fewer than the 10 Northview pulled down as a team.

The most alarming stat of the night came in the turnover department, where Northview committed 19 to a mere two committed by the Warriors.

Cheerleaders Kaylee Edington and (bottom) Chloe Burdette were also honored prior to Saturday's basketball game.
The bulk of Northview's offensive attack came from Jonathan Bradshaw and Caleb Mershon, who scored 10 and eight respectively.

The loss dropped Northview to 6-14 on the season. Maesch seemed content on removing what transpired Wednesday evening and focusing his energy on the Knights' next game, a home contest against Plainfield.

"(Danville) has beaten 80% of their schedule like this," Maesch said after the game. "We've just got to forget about it and play (tonight)."

The Northview JV saw similar results, taking a 45-25 defeat. The Knights took a 6-2 lead early, before Danville answered with a quick 9-0, which gave them momentum they would never relinquish.

Brock Wheeler led the Northview offense with 10 points, while Zach Hull added four.

The Knights return to action tonight with a home contest against Plainfield. JV tip-off is at 6 p.m.

At Northview

Danville (63)

Fields 1-3 0-0 2, Humphrey 6-10 0-0 12, Leonard 0-3 0-0 0, Pedigo 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 3-8 1-1 7, Cooper 0-0 1-2 1, Mackey 0-1 2-2 2, Schaffer 4-5 0-1 8, Weidner 6-10 2-2 14 Chalfant 1-3 0-0 2, Carroll 6-7 3-3 15

Northview (27)

Hyatt 0-2 2-2 2, Talbot 1-2 0-0 2, Reynolds 0-2 2-2 2, Lancaster 1-3 1-2 3, Mershon 3-4 0-0 8, Rohr 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Pestoff 0-0 0-0 0, Bradshaw 5-9 0-2 10, Hull 0-2 0-0 0, Van Horn 0-0 0-0 0


3-point field goals -- D 0-3 (Fields 0-1, Weidner 0-2), NV 2-8 (Hyatt 0-2, Reynolds 0-1, Reynolds 0-1, Mershon 2-3, Bradshaw 0-1). Total Rebounds -- D 25 (Carroll 8, Humphrey 4), NV 10 (Four players with 2). Total Fouls -- D 12, NV 10. Turnovers -- D 2, NV 19.