Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Turnovers plagued both the Northview boys' and girls' basketball teams on Friday night as West Vigo came away with a pair of Western Indiana Conference victories.
The Northview girls committed 19 turnovers in a 28-23 loss that dampened a triple-double effort by freshman Mikayla Rowan, who had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks. The Knights' boys' team didn't fair much better, committing 21 turnovers as the Vikings pulled away late for a 54-47 victory.
In the boys' contest, a shootout first quarter that saw the Vikings hold an 18-16 lead wasn't quite indicative of things to come as the game settled in to a battle.
The Knights shot the ball well in the first half, hitting 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line, but turned the ball over 13 times to dampen the effort. The result was a 27-23 lead by the Vikings at the break as Jordan Houser's eight point first quarter helped West Vigo take the halftime lead.
The turnovers enabled the Vikings to take seven more shots from the field and get to the line 11 times over the opening 16 minutes much to Northview coach Ernie Maesch's disapproval.
"Two things, we were turning the ball over for no reason and we're not finishing underneath," Maesch said in regards to reasons for the loss. "Right now we are not physically tough enough and not mentally tough enough. We're breaking down and making silly turnovers. They aren't doing anything to make us turn the ball over. We're just turning it over."
The Knights also had ample opportunities in the paint, but struggled to finish at times. Meanwhile, West Vigo was hit four 3-pointers before halftime to help counter the foul trouble of junior forward Adrien Corenflos, who had just two points at break.
"We're not finishing underneath and we were 2-for-13 from 3-point range. Basically (West Vigo) is making their shots and not turning the ball over. They were 7-for-19 from 3-point range. That's not great, but we had 21 turnovers. I told the guys at halftime, I'm handcuffed when you are turning the ball over. There's nothing I can really do about it."
The advantage switched hands several times as Houser hit a pair of free throws to counter a jumper by Jacob Ninesling of the Knights. Houser scored off a drive to end the quarter, which signaled things to come.
Corenflos started the fourth quarter with two free throws and both Kyle Stewart and Cody Thornton nailed 3-pointers to extend the Vikings lead to 44-36.
"We let (Jordan) Houser totally dictate the game and run everything," Maesch said of the Vikings' senior. "I'm very disappointed. I think we got a one-point lead and then (West Vigo) got a one-point lead and they hit a 3-pointer and got a put back and that gave them a five-point lead with about five minutes to go and then Houser can control the game from that point on."
The Knights closed the gap to six points, two different times on scores by Ninesling, who had 11 points. However, Cade Lindsey scored and a Knights turnover with 2:18 remaining led to two more free throws by Houser, who had a game-high 24 points.
Northview would get to within 50-45 on five straight points by Ethan Whitson, but Houser salted the game away with four late free throws.
In the girls' contest, the Knights started well as Rowan had five points, four boards and five blocks in the opening quarter to put Northview up 7-5 at the first stop. However, the Vikings started getting to the free throw line in quarter number two.
West Vigo hit just 3-of-10 from the field, but sank 9-of-13 from the line in the second period to take a 20-13 lead at halftime.
The Knights contributed by turning the ball over 12 times and hitting just 6-of-19 from the field.
West Vigo stretched the lead to 22-13 as Brooklyn Waters hit two free throws to start the third period, but the Knights rallied as Rowan scored inside and Ashley Hughes scored off an offensive rebound. Rowan's runner narrowed the gap to 22-19.
From there however, the Knights hit a cold spell and a bucket by Erin Barton set up a halfcourt buzzer beating 3-pointer by Waters that gave West Vigo a 27-19 advantage.
In the fourth period, the Knights' offensive struggles returned as West Vigo scored the first five points to extend the lead to double digits at 32-19 before a jumper by Cassie Weddle of the Knights.
Whitney Halfhill and Rowan added single free throws, but a 3-pointer by Cassidy Carlson ended the Knights comeback hopes.
The Northview girls fall to 0-7 overall, 0-2 in the WIC and travel to Terre Haute North on Tuesday. The Northview boys are now 1-3 overall, 1-1 WIC and host Evansville Central tonight with a 6:30 p.m. JV tip-off.
At West Vigo
Boy's basketball game
Hyatt 2-5 1-2 5, Peters 3-8 0-0 6, Reynolds 1-7 0-0 2, Talbot 1-1 0-0 2, Whitson 3-5 7-10 13, Ball 0-0 0-0 0, King 3-6 0-0 8, Hakman 0-0 0-0 0, Ninesling 5-8 1-1 11, Pestoff 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-40 9-13 47.
West Vigo (54)
Houser 6-11 9-12 24, Lindsey 1-4 0-0 2, Thornton 1-6 0-0 3, Gregg 1-2 4-4 7, Corenflos 2-5 2-2 6, Stewart 3-5 2-5 10, Gilbert 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 15-35 17-23 54.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 2-13 (King 2-4, Reynolds 0-2, Peters 0-4, Hyatt 0-2), WV 7-19 (Stewart 2-3, Houser 3-7, Thornton 1-1, Gregg 1-1, Lindsey 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 25 (Whitson 6, Ninesling 6), WV 21 (Thornton 5, Houser 4, Stewart 4). Team Rebounds -- Nv 3, WV 2. Total Fouls -- Nv 18, WV 16. Turnovers -- Nv 21, WV 9.
Girl's basketball game
Halfhill 1-9 1-2 3, Kumpf 0-0 0-0 0, Hughes 2-8 0-0 4, Girton 0-6 0-0 0, Rowan 5-11 2-4 12, Timberman 0-2 0-0 0, Weddle 1-6 0-0 2, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Barrett 0-1 0-0 0, Fagg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-44 3-6 23.
West Vigo (38)
Carlson 2-4 4-5 9, Baylee Waters 0-1 0-0 0, Brooklyn Waters 3-15 3-6 10, Silcock 0-2 1-2 1, Barton 2-4 1-5 5, Little 1-4 0-0 2, Lane 1-3 0-0 2, Elkins 1-5 7-8 9, Byrley 0-0 0-0 0, L.Elkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-38 16-26 38.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 0-17 (Halfhill 0-2, Timberman 0-2, Weddle 0-3, Hughes 0-3, Girton 0-4, Barrett 0-1, Rowan 0-2), Wv 2-6 (Carlson 1-1, Waters 1-4, Lane 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 37 (Rowan 12, Halfhill 5), WV 32 (Waters 5, Elkins 5). Team rebounds -- Nv 4, WV 8. Total Fouls -- Nv 19, WV 11. Turnovers -- Nv 19, WV 15.