News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 28, 2012

Northview's dominant first half puts Knights in second round of Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic

Steve Fields
Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — The weather-delayed 13th annual Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic opened with a surprise on Friday at Terre Haute South High School.

Northview held off Monrovia 66-57 in the opening game after a forfeit in the scheduled first game.

Due to road conditions, Owen Valley (2-6) forfeited to Shakamak (3-3). OV will now play Monrovia at 10 a.m. Friday in the losers bracket, while Shakamak takes on Northview at 1 p.m. in the winners bracket.

Northview (4-2) built a 22-point lead by outscoring Monrovia 15-1 in the second quarter and 27-21 in the third. But Monrovia closed the gap to seven points with 1:22 to play before Northview’s Joe Ball, Devin Clark and Craig Peters hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

“It was great. After a couple of days of being out, the guys did a good job this morning when we had the shootaround. I was very happy with that and pleased to walk away from the first day [of the tournament] with a win,” Northview coach Clint Weddle said.

Peters led Northview’s balanced attack with 17 points, followed by Ball with 13. The Knights also got seven second-half points from guard Peters Tanoos.

Monrovia was led by 6-5 center Chase Casteel and 5-9 guard Ross Bolton with 21 points each.

The Knights held the Bulldogs scoreless the final 32 seconds of the first quarter and the opening 5:39 of the second period. With Casteel on the bench with two fouls, Monrovia was 0-for-6 shooting from the floor, 0-4 from the free throw line and turned the ball over six time during that span.

A three-pointer by Peters put Northview up 27-11 at halftime and that lead grew to 50-28 with 1:39 left in the third period. Northview led 54-32 going into the final quarter.

With Bolton and Casteel leading the charge, Monrovia outscored Northview 20-6 to close within eight, 60-52, with 1:32 to play.

“That part of [the learning process]. Ups and downs and that’s what we’re trying to figure out as a team. We’ve had ups and downs throughout the year for us. Usually it’s been our first quarter and today it was maybe part of the third and part of the fourth,” Weddle said. “The part I like about that is the only way our guys grow is to get themselves through that and I’m going to let the play a little bit and we had an opportunity to do that today. We’ll get growth from that.”



NORTHVIEW (66) — Hakman 2-5 0-0 5, Mace 2-9 0-0 4, Whitson 3-7 1-2 7, Ball 3-5 4-4 13, Peters 4-10 7-9 17, Ellis 3-8 0-3 6, Kimball 0-0 0-0 0, Tanoos 3-3 0-0 7, Rogers 0-0 2-2 2, Ragan 1-1 0-0 2, Clark 1-3 1-2 3, Underwood 0-0 0-0 0, Newton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 FG, 15-22 FT, 66 TP.

MONROVIA (57) — Fite 3-11 1-2 7, Burgess 1-5 0-0 3, Casteel 6-17 8-11 21, Gray 1-3 1-2 3, Bolton 7-12 3-6 21, Hale 0-0 0-0 0, Benge 1-2 0-2 2, Baker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 FG, 13-23 FT, 57 TP.

Northview    12    15    27    12    —    66

Monrovia    10    1    21    25    —    57

3-point goals — Nv 7-20 (Ball 3-5, Peters 2-6, Tanoos 1-1, Hakman 1-3 , Ellis 0-3, Clark 0-2), Mon 6-14 (Bolton 4-7, Casteel 1-1, Burgess 1-4, Gray 1-2). Total fouls — Nv 21, Mon 20. Fouled out: Whitson, Gray). Technical fouls — None. Turnovers — Nv 20, Mon 15. Rebounds — Nv 45 (Mace 12), Mon 26 (Burgess 6). Steals — Nv 6 (Peters 2, Ellis 2), Mon 8 (Gray 3, Bolton 3).

Next — Monrovia (3-2) plays Owen Valley at 10 a.m. Friday and Northview (4-2) plays Shakamak at 1 p.m. Friday at Terre Haute South.