Times Staff Reporter
Even though they started out stagnant, the Northview freshmen boys' basketball team was able to turn around their game in the second half to get the victory against the Edgewood Mustangs, 43-26.
Neither team started well collectively, but Jim Mace was able to help Northview get a lead by scoring four points in the first quarter.
Mace ended the game tied for the team lead in points with 10. He also grabbed a pair of rebounds Monday.
The second quarter was the same story as the first, with both teams playing just well enough to keep the score close. Although the Knights looked lethargic, they led by just a single point at halftime, 16-15.
Northview head coach Chad Smith attributed his team's sluggish first half play to rust.
"I think we just haven't practiced. We haven't played in awhile. We haven't had any competition," Smith said. "We've been out on breaks for about three weeks and we haven't got to play so we were a little sluggish that first half. In the second half, I thought we played like we're capable of."
Judging by the third quarter, what Northview was capable of seemed to be domination.
Heffner finished his night with 10 points.
The Knights were not only scoring at will, they also played outstanding defense, holding the Mustangs to just two points in the third quarter.
To put Northview's third period in perspective, Edgewood scored 17 points in the first three quarters. Northview scored 17 points in the third alone.
Sitting pretty with a 33-17 lead going into the fourth, Northview player Garrett McKenzie scored six points in the quarter to seal the victory for the Knights.
McKenzie ended the game with that total.
Daniel Kimball scored nine points Monday. Mark Underwood and Tyler Rector each scored four in the Northview win.
After a long holiday break, the Northview freshmen opened the second half with a victory against Edgewood on the strength of strong play at both ends of the court over the final two quarters. One night later, the Knights continued that play in picking up a 34-25 victory against Sullivan.
Northview trailed at halftime, 15-12, but pulled away with strong play from Heffner, Rector and Kimball.
A 9-2 edge in the third quarter was spurred on by a pair of buckets from Underwood and the Knights finished well as Kimball and Rector each tallied four points in the victory.
For the game, Mace led the way with eight points, Kimball had seven and Rector added six points. Heffner contributed five and both McKenzie and Underwood had four.
The Knights are now 6-2 overall and head to the Bloomington North Freshman Invitational on Saturday where they take on Lawrence Central at 9 a.m.