Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- What a difference 24 hours can make.
Damon Hyatt and Dillon Reynolds combined for 33 first half points as the Knights jumped to an insurmountable lead and rested its starters over the final period of play.
"A game like the Shakamak game will get you fired up a little bit and it definitely did us," Northview coach Ernie Maesch said. "We came out with more passion, just a little bit more fire. We have to understand that we aren't going to represent Northview the way we represented it the other night. We weren't happy about it and I know the guys weren't happy about it. I didn't sleep much. It's good to come out the way we did. When you don't turn the ball it gives you more possessions. You shoot a better percentage. I think we had two turnovers at halftime and that's what we have to do."
Not only did Northview not turn the ball over much in the first half, but the Knights forced 12 Wildcat turnovers before the break and shot an eye popping 16-of-25 (64-percent) from the field to build up a 43-21 lead over the first two quarters.
"We did a better job at not forcing things. We took the same shots we did against Shakamak, but just in a better rhythm. We weren't shooting quite as quick and they went in for us," Maesch said.
Hyatt was the spark in the opening quarter as he nailed three from long-range on the way to 12 points in the first period. Reynolds didn't miss any of his first quarter shots as Northview got rolling from the opening tip.
While Hyatt led the Knights to a quick early lead, the post players got into the action as well as Jim Mace and Daniel Kimball each added first quarter buckets. Joining the duo in the paint were Jacob Ninesling (four points) and Chance Talbot (four points).
"I thought we had a lot of players step up for us and make shots. Damon (Hyatt) did early and then Dillon (Reynolds) took over a bit later. We need that, but we need to be able to continue that game after game and get some scoring inside," Maesch said. "I thought Jimmy (Mace) did really well for us, a couple of buckets and outlet passes playing in the middle of our defense. We had some other guys getting better inside there and that's pleasing to see."
South Vermillion's 6'5 Phillip Harpenau was a positive for the Wildcats with 15 points, but no other Wildcat had more than seven points in the game.
Reynolds continued his assault in the third quarter with seven of his 24 points on just 10 shots from the field (8-of-18 FG, 5-of-5 FT) as the lead grew to 61-30 on a 3-pointer from Craig Peters.
Maesch was able to give his regulars nearly the entire fourth quarter off as the bench came in to maintain the lead as Joe Ball added two field goals, Ninesling added one and Mace added a free throw.
Hyatt ended with 16 points and 10 different Northview players scored in the win that sends the Knights (3-5 overall) into today's consolation semifinal against Terre Haute South at 2:30 p.m.
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Second round (Consolation bracket)
Hyatt 6-13 1-1 16, Reynolds 8-10 5-5 24, King 2-6 0-1 4, Talbot 1-3 2-2 4, Kimball 2-3 0-0 4, Peters 1-4 0-0 3, Ninesling 1-2 2-2 4, Mace 1-2 1-2 3, Hakman 1-3 0-0 2, Ball 2-2 0-0 4, Ellis 0-1 0-0 0, Clark 0-2 0-0 0, Pestoff 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-52 11-13 68.
S. Vermillion (35)
Weyrauch 0-5 0-0 0, Hire 1-5 0-0 2, Luft 0-1 0-0 0, Vaughan 3-4 1-1 7, Harpenau 7-15 0-1 15, Spivey 1-2 2-2 5, Hines 0-1 0-0 0, Branz 0-3 4-6 4, Waldrop 0-2 2-5 2, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-38 9-15 35.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 6-18 (Hyatt 2-7, Peters 1-3, Reynolds 3-4, Clark 0-1, King 0-2, Hakman 0-1), SV 2-12 (Spivey 1-1, Harpenasu 1-5, Weyrauch 0-2, Branz 0-2, Hire 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 29 (Mace 4, Kimball 4), SV 29 (Harpenau 10). Team Rebounds -- Nv 7, SV 3. Total Fouls -- Nv 12, SV 15. Turnovers -- Nv 12, SV 24.