Times Sports Editor
A second half flurry of 3-pointers by visiting West Vigo and the Knights' own free throw shooting woes allowed the Viking freshmen to escape with a 34-30 victory on Wednesday.
The Northview boys played from behind much of the evening as West Vigo's Braiden Cardinal propelled his team to a 9-4 lead after one quarter by posting five of his seven points in the opening period. The Knights were able to claw back within a single point at halftime as Paul Dickison knocked down a 3-pointer in the first half and Jacob Harden added four points and a pair of boards in quarter number two.
Opening the second half, Gabe Rogers scored on a drive to the hoop, but missed his foul shot, which was a harbinger of things to come.
Northview led 15-14 at that point, but the Vikings got a score by Alex West and a 3-pointer from Connor Lindsay to extend a 19-15 advantage. The Knights would rally on a 3-pointer of their own from Dickison and Harden provided a free throw to tie the score at 19-all.
However, Rogers and Blair traded 3-pointers for each team to put the Vikings ahead by a 24-22 score heading to the final quarter.
In the fourth, Harden tied the score with a bucket for the Knights, but West Vigo would extend its lead on Blair's second 3-pointer of the game and Haden Corenflos scored off an offensive rebound to push the gap to 29-24. Northview would get burned by Blair one more time as he was left wide open in the corner for his third 3-pointer to put the game out of reach at 32-26.
Overall, free throws were a contributing factor in the loss as Northview hit only 3-of-10 from the line.
Northview (1-1 overall) plays at Terre Haute North at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
Boys' freshman basketball
West Vigo (34)
McClain 1 0-0 3, Blair 4 0-2 11, Cardinal 3 1-1 7, West 2 1-2 5, Long 3 0-0 6, Stolfe 0 2-2 2, Corenflos 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 4-7 34.
Baysinger 0 0-2 0, Rogers 5 0-3 11, Roembke 0 0-1 0, Dickison 3 0-0 8, Harden 4 3-4 11, Bryan 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, McCollum 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 3-10 30.
3-point fieldgoals -- WV 4 (Blair 3, McClain 1), Nv 3 (Rogers 1, Dickison 2). Total Rebounds -- WV 21 (Corenflos 4), Nv 13 (Roger 4, Harden 5). Total Fouls -- WV 11, Nv 10.