News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 11, 2013

North gets past Knights in boys basketball

Joey Bennett
Tribune-Star correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — With a huge size advantage on the program roster, you wouldn’t need to be Dr. James Naismith to figure out Northview’s strategy Tuesday night against a much shorter Terre Haute North team in boys high school basketball.

Pound the ball inside.

That plan worked well early on, as the visiting Knights bolted out of the gates to an early advantage.

The Patriots hung tough, though, and thanks to some clutch play off the bench from Braxton Poore and Andrew Farmer in the second quarter, delivered a knockout punch from which Northview could never recover.

North used a balanced scoring attack and an almost flawless floor game to record an easier-than-expected 68-43 victory.

“That was huge,” North coach Todd Woelfle said of the nine points from Poore and six from Farmer that allowed the Patriots to close out the first quarter on a 17-4 run. “We got great production from our bench and we got positive contributions from everyone who played. It was a great team effort.”

Northview coach Clint Weddle agreed that the first quarter barrage by the Patriots — which was aided by three straight Knight turnovers — made the difference in the game.

“We let things snowball for us both offensively and defensively,” he said. “We really struggled after that, and then we saw a little pressure that we didn’t handle well at all.”

Poore and Charlie Aimone — who had an excellent all-around game with three assists — led North with 11 points each. Farmer, Keyshawn Sandifer and Mitchell Dennany each added eight as the Patriots had their best performance of the young season to improve to 2-1.

For a team that had struggled at times to find scoring punch, North had no trouble Tuesday.

“With such a young team, you never know what to expect,” said Woelfle, whose team graduated 10 seniors from last year’s squad. “This group has had a great approach to practices and games. We’ve made a lot of progress in a couple of weeks.”

North led 36-26 after a 14-14 tie in the second period despite no points from Sandifer, one of the leading scorers in the first two games.

Sandifer hit the first three baskets of the second half to stop any comeback thoughts, and the Patriots won the third period by a 19-6 margin.

Ethan Whitson led Northview (0-2) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Jim Mace added 10 and Joe Ball had 8.

Sixteen turnovers kept the Knights from making a run at the lead.

“We’ve played two games,” Weddle said, “and we’ve given up more than 60 points both times. You’re not going to win that way.

“That’s on me to make better decisions in choosing defenses, and we have to find one that we can play well.”

 

NORTHVIEW (43) – Whitson 4-12 6-6 14, Mace 4-6 2-2 10, Ellis 2-8 0-0 5, Ball 3-8 0-0 8, Underwood 0-0 0-0 0, Kimball 1-3 0-0 2, Hayes 1-4 0-0 2, Hyatt 0-0 0-0 0, Ragan 0-0 0-0 0, Hawkins 1-2 0-0 2, Lumsdon 0-0 0-0 0, Baysinger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-43 FG, 8-10 FT, 43 TP.

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (68) – Aimone 4-6 0-0 11, Sandifer 4-7 0-0 8, Kurashima 3-10 0-0 7, Brown 2-50-0 4, Wolaver 1-2 0-0 3, Dennany 4-5 0-0 8, Smith 2-2 0-0 4, Poore 5-7 0-0 11, Farmer 3-7 0-0 8, Riley 1-1 0-0 4, Benson 0-0 0-0 0, Stevens 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-51 FG, 3-9 FT, 68 TP.

Northview    12    14    6    11    —    43

Terre Haute North    22    14    19    13    —    68


3-point shooting — North 7-21 (Aimone 3-5, Kurashima 1-6, Brown 0-1, Wolaver 1-2, Dennany 0-1, Poore 1-2, Farmer 2-4, Riley 2-4), Northview 3-13 (Whitson 0-2, Ellis 1-4, Ball 2-4, Hayes 0-3). FG Pct. — North 56.8, Northview 37.2. 3pt FG Pct. – North 33.3, Northview 23.0. FT Pct. — Northview 80.0, North 33.3. Rebounds – Northview 24 (Whitson 12), North 21 (Riley 4). Turnovers — Northview 16, North 3.

JV — Northview 47 (Drew Lumsdon 13, Gaddis Baysinger 10), North 43 (Brian Stevens 14, Casius Bell 13).

Freshmen — North 47, Northview 13.

Next – Northview (0-2) plays at West Vigo on Friday, while North (2-1) plays at Ben Davis on Friday.