For the Brazil Times
The Northview Knights couldn't hit open shots in the third quarter and came up short in a fourth-quarter rally, falling 55-45 to the Sullivan Golden Arrows on homecoming night at Northview High School .
Northview (7-9, 3-3 in WIC) hit just 1-of-13 shots from the floor in the third quarter and fell behind by 17 points early in the fourth period. The Knights rallied to within three points, but the Golden Arrows held on for the win.
"(Northview) made their shots, we didn't make our shots. Outside of that, they outtoughed us. They beat us to loose balls, they beat us on the weakside glass. Our guards were getting beat on the weakside glass all night," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said.
Northview was led by Trent Lancaster with 22 points, but was the only one of the Knights in double figures. Northview shot just 31 percent (15-48) from the floor.
Northview got off to a good start. Lancaster, hitting three 3-point shots, scored 11 points in the opening eight minutes and the Knights led 15-13 after one quarter.
But the second quarter, Sullivan brought 6-7 Rhett Smith, who led all scorers with 26 points, off the blocks and out on the floor. The Indiana State-bound junior scored 10 points in the second period and put the Golden Arrows on top for good with a rebound basket with 4:40 left in the first half.
"Smith is a tough match up for us because he can take us out on the perimeter," Maesch said.
Sullivan took a 37-24 halftime lead with a lay-up at the buzzer.
The third quarter, Sullivan came out in a triangle-and-two zone defense. That defense took away the shooting and penetration of Lancaster and perimeter shot of Caleb Mershon.
"They pretty much dared a couple of guys to shoot," Maesch said.
Sullivan led 44-30 going into the fourth quarter, the stretch the lead to 46-30 with 7:33 to play on a three by Smith.
But over the next 3:30, the Knights put together a 13-0 run that cut the margin to three points.
Dillon Reynolds, who struggle in a 2-11 shooting night, hit a three to start the Northview run. Hunter Robertson put back a rebound for two points, then Jacob Musgrave muscled up a three-point play. Reynolds took a steal the length of the court for a lay up to get the Knights within six, 46-40, with 4:42 to play.
Lancaster grabbed a Sullivan miss, went the length of the court for a lay up and was fouled. The three-point play had the Knights within three, 46-43, with 4:03 to play.
To that point, the Knights hit 5-of-8 shots in the fourth quarter and held the Arrows to 1-6.
"We come all the way back, cut it to three and had a wide-open shot, and go down to the other end and give them two points on an out-of-bounds play," Maesch said.
Coming out of a time out, Sullivan put together a 6-0 run and went into a spread offense with two minutes left.
Northview returns to action Feb. 5 at Plainfield.
Sullivan (55) -- Lisman 2-5 2-2 6, Gregory 5-10 0-0 14, Smith 10-19 4-7 26, Pirtle 1-5 0-0 2, Bedwell 1-7 0-0 2, Ellett 1-1 1-2 3, Bement 1-1 0-2 2, Marx 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 21-48 FG, 7-15 FT, 55 TP.
Northview (45) -- Mershon 1-7 2-2 5, Robertson 2-3 2-3 6, Musgrave 1-4 3-3 5, Reynolds 2-11 0-0 5, Lancaster 8-20 3-3 22, Hyattt 0-1 0-2 0, Pestoff 0-0 0-0 0, VanHorn 0-0 0-0 0, Hull 1-2 0-2 2, Ninesling 0-0 0-0 0, Rohr 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-48 FG, 10-15 FT, 45 TP.
3Pt. Goal: S 6-23 (Gregory 4-9, Smith 2-6, Pirtle 0-4, Bedwell 0-4), N 5-24 (Lancaster 3-9, Reynolds 1-7, Mershon 1-7, Hyatt 0-1). Total fouls: S 14, N 21. Fouled out: Mershon. Turnovers: S 5, N 8. Rebounds: S 37 (Lisman 12), N 30 (Robertson 8). Steals: S 13 (Jones, Mann 5), N 4 (Hughes 2).
Next game: Northview (3-14, 2-3 in WIC) will host Plainfield on Feb. 1. Sullivan (17-3, 4-0 in WIC) will host Owen Valley on Feb. 4.