Times Sports Editor
The Terre Haute South Braves rained down 3-pointers from nearly every angle and distance, with hands in their face and when they were open on Friday night. The result was a 72-56 victory over Northview, the Braves fifth straight versus the Knights.
The Knights got plenty of their own long-range shots thanks to senior gunner Caleb Mershon, who hit seven-of-12 from beyond the arc on the way to a 24-point game.
However, the Braves used a late, second quarter spurt that pushed a single-digit lead to 42-29 at halftime to give themselves some breathing room.
Northview hit 50 percent of their shots before halftime as Mershon tallied 10 points and hit four of his 3-pointers before break. Jacob Ninesling did his part in scoring 10 points in the first half as the Knights worked to break the Braves' halfcourt trap.
The Knights were running neck-and-neck with the Braves despite an 18-point first half from sharpshooting South sophomore, Jeffrey Turner. The Knights were keyed on halting potential drives to the basket from senior point guard Anthony McGill. However, the Braves countered by hitting eight-of-18 3-pointers in the first half.
McGill was held mostly in check until mid-way through the second quarter when he started to get things going and hit a pair of late treys on the way to 15 points before halftime.
Despite South's success, Northview clawed back in the second half as Trent Lancaster hit a pair of free throws, Ninesling added one and Lancaster scored off an offensive rebound. Following one of five Braves' turnovers in the quarter, Mershon drilled a 3-pointer to narrow the gap to 47-39. Lancaster answered a 3-pointer from Blake Cesinger, but the Braves closed the quarter on a 8-3 run with two 3-pointers and a 58-45 advantage.
Mershon hit his final 3-pointer and Dalton Rohr added two free throws to narrow the gap back to 65-51, but South closed the game out with three late free throws.
Lancaster tallied 15 points for the Knights and Ninesling added 13 for the Knights. The Braves placed three players in double-digits led by 23 from Turner followed by 19 from Shouse and 17 from McGill.
The Northview varsity drops to 5-7 overall.
In the JV game, Northview came up short in a 39-36 contest as Ethan Whitson tallying 11 points followed by eight apiece from Travis Hakman and Craig Peters.
In the freshmen game, Northview won 35-34 as Daniel Kimball led the way with 15 points followed by eight from Jim Mace and five from Ian Heffner.
All three teams are back in action tonight against Mooresville beginning with a 5 p.m. freshmen game.
- Coach's comments were unavailable due to a tape recorder malfunction during the interview.
Reynolds 0-1 0-0 0, Lancaster 5-9 3-5 15, Mershon 7-14 3-5 15, Mershon 7-14 3-5 24, Robertson 1-2 0-0 2, Ninesling 5-10 3-4 13, Hyatt 0-5 0-0 0, Hull 0-1 0-0 0, Rohr 0-1 2-2 2, Pestoff 0-1 0-0 0, Whitson 0-0 0-0 0, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, King 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-44 11-16 56.
T.H. South (72)
McGill 6-11 2-2 17, Shouse 6-8 5-5 19, Smith 2-2 1-2 6, Turner 9-15 0-0 23, Steward 1-5 0-0 2, Seibert 1-1 0-0 2, Jaeger 0-0 0-0 0, Cesinger 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 26-43 8-9 72.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 9-17 (Mershon 7-12, Lancaster 2-3, Hyatt 0-2), THS 12-24 (McGill 3-6, Turner 5-10, Shouse 2-3, Cesinger 1-1, Steward 0-3). Total Rebounds -- Nv 24 (Ninesling 4, Lancaster 4, Hyatt 4), THS 22 (Shouse 7, Turner 5). Total Fouls -- Nv 12, THS 17. Fouled out -- THS (Steward). Turnovers -- Nv 12, THS 13.