Times Sports Editor
CLINTON -- Northview was left scratching its collective heads after a 32-point loss to Bloomington North earlier in the week, but the Knights got the effort they were looking for on Friday during a 61-42 victory at South Vermillion.
The Knights returned 6'5 senior forward Jacob Musgrave to the lineup after his recovery from a broken hand forced him to miss the last eight games. He grabbed 11 rebounds in the win and Northview used 12-0 and 13-3 runs during the third quarter to pull away from a 23-20 halftime lead.
"That 11 rebounds is crucial," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "Jake does a good job of that and he also creates some transition for us because he gets clean rebounds and we can get up the floor. We wanted to come up here and get a win, (South Vermillion) has been playing better. We're happy to come out with a win.
"The first half was full of missed lay-ups, missed shots. I told them at halftime that we needed to get after it, create some offense off our defense," Maesch added. "We got into (South Vermillion) a bit more up the court, forced them out and knocked a few shots down and that got us jazzed up defensively," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "That's the key, when the ball goes in the hole it creates a lot of intensity for you."
After the Wildcats had closed the first half on a run spurred by Phillip Harpenau's seven points and six rebounds before the break.
Harpenau, a 6'5 senior center, scored to start the second half and got South Vermillion within 23-22.
With the crowd fully into the game and momentum in the Wildcats' side, Caleb Mershon and Trent Lancaster combined to hit four consecutive 3-pointers as South Vermillion missed a pair of free throws and turned the ball over four times in the quarter.
The 12-0 run pushed the Knights' lead to 35-22 and gave Northview control of the game.
"In the second half we did a better job of getting inside their zone for kick outs for shots instead of passing it around the top," Maesch said. "We got out in transition a little bit and I think the kids had some fun."
After Harpenau completed a three-point play and added a driving lay-in, Lancaster scored off a spin move on his way to a 16-point game. Jacob Ninesling added two free throws and Mershon nailed another 3-pointer, one of five that he hit on the way to a game-high 17 points.
If there was any doubt about the outcome of the game after Harpenau's five straight points got the Wildcats back to within 35-27, Damon Hyatt scored off a steal and then closed the period with a bucket as the Knights pushed the lead to 48-30.
The Northview streak continued into the fourth quarter as Dillon Reynolds hit a pair of free throws and then completed a three-point play to cap an 18-3 run and the Knights had salted the game away at 53-30.
The Knights hit seven-of-17 3-pointers in the game and nine different players got into the scoring column.
The Knights improve to 7-8 overall and host Sullivan on Friday night at 6 p.m.
At South Vermillion
Reynolds 2-2 5-5 9, Lancaster 7-14 0-1 16, Mershon 6-12 0-0 17, Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Ninesling 2-5 3-3 7, Hyatt 2-3 0-0 4, Hull 0-1 1-2 1, Musgrave 2-4 0-0 4, VanHorn 0-0 2-4 2, Rohr 0-0 0-0 0, Pestoff 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 21-42 12-17 61.
S. Vermillion (42)
Reyher 2-11 1-1 6, Johanseon 1-3 0-0 2, Haltom 2-6 1-2 6, Scott 0-2 0-2 0, Harpenau 6-11 4-8 16, Lawson 1-4 0-0 2, Vaughn 4-4 2-3 10, Craigmyle 0-1 0-0 0, Hire 0-0 0-0 0, Dickey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-44 8-16 42.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 7-17 (Mershon 5-10, Lancaster 2-6, Hyatt 0-1), SV 2-14 (Reyher 1-5, Haltom 1-5, Harpenau 0-2, Lawson 0-1, Chambers 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 37 (Musgrave 11, Lancaster 6), SV 19 (Harpenau 5). Total Fouls -- Nv 13, SV 12. Turnovers -- Nv 13, SV 9.