Northview boys open conference play with road win
The Knights were able to hold the Vikings to just one field goal in the fourth quarter while keeping 6’9 junior Austin Sappingfield mostly at bay in the second half of a 63-49 victory.
Pivotal in a 30-22 scoring edge in the second half was Northview interior defense, which not only provided some offense, but did the hard work in the paint that was needed to get the win.
Sappingfield was a dominant force on the inside in the first half, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds while 6’4 Ty Lautenschlager added three boards and a bucket. The Knights led 33-27 at intermission thanks to some hot shooting from its guards.
Quinton Hayes had 13 points and Dylan Hyatt added eight in the first half as Northview hit three from 3-point range and 13-of-22 from the field overall.
West Vigo got within 33-30 to start the third period when Sappingfield nailed his second 3-pointer of the game. But Drew Lumsdon answered right back with his own 3-pointer. Jensen Kellett scored off a turnover and Hayes found the net off an offensive rebound as Northview took a 45-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Rebounding proved to be especially important in the second half as Northview missed some early free throws, but were able to maintain their lead as Lumsdon scored all six of his eight points in the period.
After the 3-pointer to start the second half, Sappingfield hit just three free throws the rest of the way as Northview did a solid job of holding him to 1-of-6 shooting after intermission.
“Some of our bigs played more physical like we are capable of. “He played a great first half,” Northivew coach Clint Weddle said of Sappingfield. “(West Vigo) has a lot of kids that can score collectively and you’ve got to guard them all. I thought they played very good team basketball. We contested shots (in the second half). They got shots, but I thought we contested them pretty well.”
The Knights had an answer for every West Vigo rally and began to create some separation over the final four minutes of the game.
Hayes hit a pair of free throws with 2:41 left to put Northview ahead 52-44 and Lumsdon scored in transition. The Knights would finish out the win at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-12 in the final period.
Hayes provided the statistical line of the night as the point guard scored 24 points to go with 13 rebounds and five steals. Dylan Hyatt added 15 points and Kalen Schane chipped in with nine for the Knights.
“Quinton did a very good job. It’s hard for me to talk about individual players. I like where he is at right now. He’s more focused and he can sure make us go at times,” Weddle said of his senior guard.
Northview improves to 2-1 overall and hosts South Vermillion on Friday evening
At West Vigo
Kellett 1-3 0-2 2, Hayes 8-13 5-12 24, Hyatt 4-9 6-8 15, Schane 4-5 0-0 9, Lumsdon 3-4 1-1 8, Tucker 1-6 0-0 3, Close 1-1 0-2 2, Brown 0-0 0-0, Roembke 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-41 12-25 63.
West Vigo (49)
Schaffer 1-8 4-6 6, Tanoos 2-9 2-2 7, Page 1-5 0-0 2, A. Sappingfield 7-13 3-5 19, Ty. Lautenschlager 5-8 0-2 12, Kirby 1-2 0-0 3, Jake Lautenschlager 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 17-47 9-15 49.
3-point field goals – Nv 6-14 (Hayes 3-3, Hyatt 1-3, Schane 1-2, Tucker 1-6), WV 6-22 (Sappingfield 2-6, Ty. Lautenschlager 2-2, Kirby 1-2, Tanoos 1-5, Schaffer 0-4, Page 0-3). Total Rebounds – Nv 28 (Hayes 13), WV 27 (Sappingfield 14). Total Fouls – Nv 15, WV 17. Fouled out – Nv (Kellett), WV (None). Turnovers – Nv 9, WV 11.