Cubs sweep Northview

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Greencastle junior Gavin Bollman snags one of his 11 rebounds in Friday's win over Northview. Bollman also poured in 25 points.
Carey Fox photo

A comfortable win by the girls and a nail-biter for the boys gave Greencastle a Western Indiana Conference sweep over visiting Northview Friday night.

The Tiger Cubs used 32-10 edge in second half scoring to pull away for a win in the girls’ game, 47-31 and a late rally by the Northview boys fell short in a 50-49 contest.

Defense played a big role in both games as the Northview girls held a 21-15 lead at intermission, but hit just three field goals after halftime. Greencastle clamped down with full court defensive pressure and denied the ball into the post to the Knights’ six-foot post duo of Jenny and Olivia Lundy.

After Jenny Lundy posted 12 points in the first half and Olivia chimed in with six more points, Greencastle slowed its presence in the final two periods. The Tiger Cubs forced 12 turnovers after the break and the Knights shot just 3-14 from the field and hit only 3-of-10 free throws. Meanwhile, Greencastle found a rhythm after a sluggish first half.

Senior Rose White opened the second half with a Greencastle bucket and Jalyn Duff followed with a three-point play after a pair of Northview turnovers. White added two more from the line as Greencastle ran off a 7-0 run to take a 22-21 lead. After a bucket by Olivia Lundy, Seelye Stoffregen knocked home a 3-pointer for the Tiger Cubs and Bailey Shuee added a 3-pointer as Greencastle’s run extended to 13-2.

Greencastle’s defensive pressure helped fuel the offense as the Tiger Cubs outscored the Knights 17-3 in the third period.

Greencastle's Allison Stevens stretches for a rebound during the second quarter on Friday night.
Carey Fox photo

The Tiger Cubs also had a sizable edge at the free throw line while pulling away in the second half. Greencastle hit 13-of-16 from the charity stripe while the Knights were just 3-of-10.

White had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Greencastle and Duff added 16 points as well. Northview got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Jenny Lundy.

Northview falls to 3-1 in the WIC and 13-5 overall while Greencastle improves to 4-0 in the conference and 10-6 overall.

The Tiger Cubs now find themselves alone atop the WIC Western Division standings, with only a trip to North Putnam remaining next Friday.

The boys’ game came down to the final possessions as Northview rallied back from a 47-37 deficit midway through the fourth quarter.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Brody Whitaker and Collin York put Greencastle on the road to victory, but the Knights began to chip away.

Cade Bryan scored off an offensive rebound and Carson Gettle hit a 3-pointer for the Knights with 51 seconds remaining. Northview was putting the Tiger Cubs at the free throw line on each possession, but the Tiger Cubs were just 3-of-8 at the line in the final period.

Northview kept rolling after a pair of missed free throws by Greencastle. Gettle scored on a runner in the lane and Brigham Booe scored in the paint to get the Knights within 49-46. Colin York added a free throw for Greencastle and Bryan answered with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1.9 seconds left.

Leading by a point, Greencastle sent the inbound pass deep into the front court as time ran out in the Tiger Cubs’ victory.

Greencastle built a first-half lead behind the power post game from junior Gavin Bollman, who had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bollman produced 13 points in the second period as the Tiger Cubs built a 28-21 lead at halftime.

“That is probably the best game that he has played in his career here,” Greencastle coach Bryce Rector said of Bollman. “We really worked with him over Christmas break because we have had a lot of time off. We have worked on him being a factor offensively. We think that when he contributes to what we do on the offensive end, that it makes us really good and hard to beat.”

While Northview’s defense did an admirable job of limiting Greencastle senior guard York to nine points through three quarters, Bollman was able to take advantage of the space in the paint.

“We are undersized. There is no question about that,” Northview coach Michael Byrum said. “Any time you take away something from the opponent, you are going to be vulnerable in another area. The inside is where we were vulnerable tonight.

“I think defensively I’m very proud of our effort. We battled and tried to cause havoc for (Greencastle). Give them credit, they are a very patient offense,” Byrum said of the Tiger Cubs. “The defensive end is where I thought we thrived. We only gave up 50 points and any time you do that it shows you defended.”

Greencastle built a seven-point lead at intermission, but Booe, who had 25 points for the Knights, drained a 3-pointer to open the second half. The Northview senior opened red hot with three early 3-pointers in the quarter. The Knights took a 30-28 lead with 5:21 left in the period. From there, the teams traded the lead five times before Bollman knocked down a 3-pointer for the Tigers Cubs. His 3-point play and lay-up to end the quarter put Greencastle on top 39-33 after three quarters.

“(Northview) did a nice job contesting shooters and running us off the line,” Rector said. “I think we did a decent job taking advantage of that. We just have to do a little better job of finishing basketball games, but we will take a win and move on.”

Northview is 1-3 in the WIC and 2-7 overall. Greencastle is 3-1 in the WIC and 5-4 overall.


NORTHVIEW (49) — Booe 10-23 0-0 25, Swearingen 1-5 0-1 3, Osborn 1-4 0-0 2, Bryan 4-10 1-2 11, Combs 1-3 0-0 2, Gettle 2-3 0-0 5, Nussel 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 0-1 1-1 1. Totals: 19-49 2-5 49.

GREENCASTLE (50) ­— C. York 5-18 3-6 15, Whitaker 2-5 1-3 7, A. York 0-0 0-0 0, Hutcheson 0-4 0-0 0, Bollman 10-15 4-4 25, Parmley 1-5 0-1 3, Wood 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-48 8-14 50.

Northview 6 15 12 16 — 49
Greencastle 7 21 11 11 — 50

3-point field goals – Nv 9-23 (Booe 5-13, Bryan 2-3, Gettle 1-2, Swearingen 1-3, Osborn 0-1), GC 6-18 (C. York 2-7, Whitaker 2-4, Parmley 1-5, Bollman 1-2). Total Rebounds – Nv 33 (Bryan 10), GC 28 (Bollman 11). Total Fouls – Nv 15, GC 8. Turnovers – Nv 7, GC 4.


NORTHVIEW (31) ­­­— Buell 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 0-7 0-2 0, A. White 1-1 0-2 3, O. Lundy 5-5 0-0 10, J. Lundy 5-16 4-6 14, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Barger 1-3 0-0 3, Combs 0-1 0-0 0, Heaton 0-0 0-0 0, Sparks 0-2 1-2 1. Totals: 12-36 4-6 31.

GREENCASTLE (47) — Stoffregen 2-7 3-3 7, White 6-10 4-4 16, Nally 0-5 0-0 0, Shuee 2-10 0-0 6, Duff 4-7 8-11 16, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Stevens 1-3 0-0 2, Trigg 0-0 0-0 0, Slack 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-42 15-18 47.

Northview 10 11 3 7 — 31
Greencastle 4 11 17 15 — 47

3-point field goals – Nv 1-10 (J. Lundy 0-4, A. White 1-1, Thompson 0-4, Sparks 0-1), GC 2-20 (Shuee 2-8, Stoffregen 0-3, Nally 0-5, Duff 0-3, Stevens 0-1). Total Rebounds – Nv 30 (J. Lundy 10, Buell 6), GC 22 (White 11). Total Fouls – Nv 13, GC 8. Fouled out – Nv (O. Lundy). Turnovers - Nv 20, GC 12. Technical Fouls – Nv 2, GC 0.

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