North Webster towers over Green Oaks

North Webster’s size and interior passing wore down Green Oaks on Friday in a 63-33 Knights’ win in a Doc Edwards Invitational semifinal.

The Knights will play fellow Class 3A Richwood on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament finals at the Centurylink Center.

Montavious Smith led all scorers with 20 points while Lyntravious Gipson chipped in 12 points in the win.

The undersized Giants weren’t afraid to be physical in a game with a ton of whistles, battling North Webster to a 13-11 Knights’ lead in the first quarter.

But North Webster opened the second quarter on a 15-2 run, and the Giants never closed the gap closer than 10 points.

Smith and Gipson each contributed five points during the run.

“It’s almost impossible to match up with us because of our size,” said North Webster coach Rodney Thrash. “We’ve got interior passing this season, which is something we didn’t have last year, so I’m happy about that.

“We were tuning up for a really good Huntington squad, but we’re excited to play Richwood, too.”

North Webster stretched a 28-16 halftime lead to 16 points in the third quarter, but Green Oaks made an 8-2 run to get to 36-26.

Quan Givens scored the last four points of that run and led the Giants with 12 points. Jonathon Bell and several other players settled for long-range jump shots against the Knights’ zone defense, and he finished with 10 points.

“That zone slowed us down in the first half, and we became too passive,” said Green Oaks coach Joseph Anderson. “We also had way too many unforced turnovers.”

North Webster took control after the Green Oaks’ run, ending the third quarter on a 7-0 run and ending the game on a 18-0 run in the fourth quarter.

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