Times Sports Editor
ELLETSVILLE -- The Northview boys' basketball team got a sorely needed victory on Friday night while the girls' squad was left empty handed against a stout Class 3A No. 2 Edgewood squad.
The boys' squad overcame a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to win in the Mustang Corral for the first time since the 2003-04 season. It took overtime to do it however as the Knights used a go-ahead 3-pointer from Damon Hyatt with 1:22 left in the extra session and Dillon Reynolds and Dallas King salted away a 64-60 victory at the free throw line.
The Northview girls had a tough go of it against an Edgewood team that hasn't lost yet this season and returned most of a roster that advanced to the regional championship last year. Add to that the fact that the Knights were again missing the injured Mikayla Rowan against the sizable Mustangs and Northview came out on the wrong end of a 60-26 decision.
After coming out on the short end of some frustrating losses to start the season, coach Ernie Maesch was understandably excited to see his team rally after trailing 53-41 early in the fourth quarter."We showed a lot of heart and a lot of toughness," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "We came in here tonight a little wounded. I told the guys that teams I've coached in the past, when they were wounded, they came together. They play harder and they play their best and I think tonight we saw that."
The Knights were shorthanded two starters as 6'5 sophomore Ethan Whitson is sidelined with a broken kneecap and 6'4 Jacob Ninesling was out with a strained muscle.
However, the Knights got a supremely balanced effort with four players scoring at least nine points and a 10-of-16 shooting effort from 3-pointer range certainly helped as well.
Over the first three periods, the Knights had their hands full with Edgewood senior James Ridge, who couldn't miss from the field. The 6'2 guard knocked down all three of his 3-pointers in the third period and 6-of-9 for the game to catapult the Mustangs to a 48-38 lead after three quarters of play.
Peters jumpstarted the Northview comeback with a 3-pointer to start the quarter, but a 3-pointer from Edgewood's Brandon Owens gave the Mustangs their largest lead.
The Knights amped up its pressure on the defensive side in the halfcourt and the changes began to take effect as Edgewood committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer from Dillon Reynolds and another by Hyatt, who tied Ridge for game-high honors with 22 points, got the Knights within 53-47. Sophomore Daniel Kimball came off the bench for a bucket off an assist by Reynolds. The senior guard followed that up by getting to the bucket for a traditional three-point play to close the gap to 53-52. Ridge answered back by drilling a 3-pointer with 3:08 left to put Edgewood ahead 56-52.
Chance Talbot, who got the start for the Knights, came up big in the final two minutes with two free throws and the game-tying bucket with 1:06 left to send the game to overtime.
The Knights fell behind 60-58 on a bucket by Trevor Selburg who was wide open under the basket. However, Hyatt, who hit 4-of-7 from 3-pointe range, drilled his most important long range bomb to put the Knights up 61-60 with 1:22 left. The team wasn't going to relinquish the lead from there as Reynolds hit two free throws on the way to 15 points and King added another with six seconds left to put the game out of reach.
"We got to play a lot of guys, a lot of different defenses and everyone contributed and did a good job. This is a huge win for us and guy stepped up, we're going to have to have other guys score some points for us. With a couple of guys out, this will build a lot of momentum for us. It's a big conference win for us on the road against a good, quality opponent. I couldn't be happier for these guys."
Maesch was also pleased with some of his players and the intensity that they showed down the stretch.
"Damon (Hyatt) is all guts," Maesch said of his senior guard. "It doesn't surprise me, anything that he does. He was down there at the other end battling their guards all night. He's tough for us. We lose a lot of toughness when he's not on the court. There in the last minute we got a rebound and a stop. I was proud of our guys, we were able to change defenses on (Edgewood) and had them standing a little bit. (Daniel) Kimball came in and gave us good minutes, Chance Talbot played excellent and Dillon (Reynolds) does what he can do. (Craig) Peters is getting better every game. This is just a big win for us."
The girls' team ran into a buzzsaw by the name of Hacker as the Mustangs' 6'1 and 6'0 sibling duo of Ashley and Angela Hacker combined for 26 points on 12-of-23 shooting. Ashley Hacker added eight rebounds as Edgewood got plenty of fight on the boards from the Knights' Abbey Timberman, who had 12 boards.
Edgewood's balance was a problem all night for Northview as the Mustangs jumped out to a 19-4 lead after the opening period.
Northview fell behind 28-10 at halftime, but it was the Knights' McKenzi Kumpf that started off the second half with a score. Cassie Weddle played well after the break and scored off a break and added a follow-up bucket to close the gap to 38-17, but Edgewood ended the quarter on a 10-2 run. Timberman knocked home a 3-pointer in the third quarter for the Knights.
The Knights played Edgewood nearly even in the final quarter as Weddle, Ashley Hughes, Sierra Girton and Natasha Barrett each had two points.
The boys' squad improves to 2-4 overall (2-1 WIC) and is off until competing in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic that begins on Dec. 27. The girls fall to 0-9 overall (0-3 WIC) and will host Rockville on Tuesday night.
Northview (64) -- Peters 3-5 0-0 9, Talbot 4-5 3-3 11, Pestoff 0-1 1-2 1, Hyatt 8-12 2-2 22, Reynolds 5-10 3-3 15, King 1-3 1-2 4, Ball 0-1 0-0 0, Kimball 1-1 0-1 2, Mace 0-0 0-0 0, Hakman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-37 FG, 10-13 FT 64 TP.
Edgewood (60) -- Owens 4-7 0-0 11, Horen 7-11 0-3 14, Selburg 3-5 0-0 6, Ridge 8-15 0-0 22, Walls 2-6 3-3 7, Mabry 0-1 0-0 0, Black 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 24-46 FG, 3-7 FT, 60 TP.
3Pt. Goals: Nv 10-16 (Hyatt 4-7, Peters 3-4, Reynolds 2-3, King 1-2), Ew 9-14 (Ridge 6-9, Owens 3-5). Total fouls: Nv 15, Ew 13. Fouled out: Nv Hyatt. Turnovers: Nv 16, Ew 13. Rebounds: Nv 22 (Talbot, Pestoff, Reynolds 4), Ew 19 (Horne 7). Steals: Nv 6 (Peters 2, Kimball, King, Pestoff, Reynolds), Ew 10 (Walls 3).
Next game: Northview (2-4, 2-1 in WIC) will play in the Wabash Valley Classic Dec. 27), Edgewood (0-5, 0-1 in WIC) will host Mooresville on Saturday.
Northview (26) -- Timberman 2-10 0-1 5, M. Kumpf 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 1-2 0-1 2, Hughes 2-5 0-1 5, Halfhill 0-3 0-0 0, Fagg 0-0 0-0 0, lC. Weddle 3-12 1-4 7, Barrett 0-0 2-2 2, Girton 1-3 1-4 4, Buell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-42 FG, 4-13 FT, 26 TP.
Edgewood (60) -- Ang. Hacker 7-12 1-2 15, K. Weddle 3-4 4-4 10, Rommel 2-12 4-6 8, Lunn 2-7 0-0 4, Thornton 3-4 0-0 7, Ash. Hacker 5-11 1-2 11, Mullins 0-2 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Gilliland 1-3 3-3 5, Pitcher 0-0 0-0 0, Ingan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 FG, 13-17 FT, 60 TP.
3 Pt. Goals: Nv 2-5 (Hughes 1-1, Timberman 1-4), Ew 1-3 ( Thornton 1-2, Ash. Hacker 0-1). Total fouls: Nv 13, Ew 17. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: Nv 27, Ew 13. Total Rebounds: Nv 39 (Timberman 12), Ew 41 (Lunn, Ash. Hacker 8). Steals: Nv 7 (Halfhill, Hughes, C. Weddle 2), Ew 11 (Rommel 6).
Next game: Northview (0-9, 0-3) in WIC will host Greencastle on Jan. 3. Edgewood is 10-0, 3-0 in WIC.