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Knights win third straight by defeating Tiger Cubs

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Northview's Caleb Mershon drives past a Greencastle defender on the way to an 18-point win in the Knights' third consecutive victory.
By MATT MCKINNEY

Times Staff Reporter

GREENCASTLE -- The Northview Knights' varsity squad survived a third-quarter scare to finish strong and defeat the Greencastle Tiger Cubs Tuesday night, 58-35. The Knights' hit on six-of-13 three-point attempts and drew 17 fouls as they increased their overall record to 10-9.

Northview fought for an elusive fast start in the first quarter as it opened the game on a 9-2 run scored entirely by senior Trent Lancaster.

Lancaster ended the game tied for the team-high in points with 18.

The breaks were put on the Knights' run when a well-timed Greencastle timeout halted their momentum and gave the Tiger Cubs an opportunity they needed. Greencastle took advantage of its opportunity by scoring the final five points to end the first quarter down 9-7.

However, after a quick Greencastle field goal, Northview's defense hunkered down and did not let the Tiger Cubs continue their run far into the second quarter. In fact, those two points would be the only points Greencastle would score for the rest of the period.

The Knights did not have the same scoring drought.

Senior Caleb Mershon took control of the quarter and scored nine points in four minutes, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer that sent Northview into halftime with a 22-9 lead. Mershon finished with 18 points in the game.

"(Mershon) is a streaky shooter," Northview head coach Ernie Maesch said. "But he's had it going on the last couple games and that'll happen for him."

Northview opened the second half struggling, and Greencastle took advantage to score nine of the third's opening points. The lead that once looked insurmountable before halftime was quickly in danger.

However, the Knights battled to keep their lead in the third. Northview went on an 8-3 run to end the quarter, including a pair of threes by Mershon.

With a 37-21 lead in the game's final quarter, Northview did its best to speed up the clock. However, a total of 14 fouls were comitted by both teams in the period, effectively making the game a free-throw contest. The Knights made nine of their 13 free-throw attempts in the fourth, sealing the victory.

Senior Jacob Musgrave scored four points Tuesday night. His classmate, Hunter Robertson, finished with three. Juniors Dillon Reynolds, Zach Hull and Chance Talbot contributed with two points each. Finally, Jordan VanHorn ended with one point in the win.

Northview's next challenge is Friday against Clay City at 7:30 p.m.

At Greencastle

Northview (58)

Hyatt 3-4 2-2 8, Reynolds 1-3 0-0 2, Lancaster 6-8 5-9 18, Mershon 5-10 3-3 18, Talbot 1-2 0-0 2, Robertson 1-4 1-1 3, Hull 1-1 0-0 2, Musgrave 2-2 0-0 4, VanHorn 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 20-34 12-18 58.

Greencastle (35)

Moore 1-4 0-0 2, Haussin 2-2 0-0 6, Lenihan 1-2 0-0 2, Carr 0-2 0-0 0, Stuckwisch 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 4-12 3-4 11, Hennette 1-4 0-0 2, Hutcheson 3-5 3-5 9. Totals: 13-55 6-9 35.

Northview 9 13 12 24 -- 58

Greencastle 7 2 12 14 -- 35

3-point field goals -- NV 6-13 (Hyatt 0-1, Reynolds 0-1, Lancaster 1-2, Mershon 5-9), GC (Haussin 2-2, Stuckwisch 1-4, Lewis 0-2). Total Rebounds -- NV 22 (Reynolds 1, Lancaster 2, Mershon 4, Talbot 1, Robertson 3, Ninesling 1, Musgrave 4, VanHorn 2), GC 15 (Moore 1, Carr 1, Stuckwisch 1, Lewis 1, Hennette 3, Hutcheson 4). Total Fouls -- NV 16, GC 17. Total Turnovers -- NV 13, GC 13.