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The Northview girls basketball team wrapped up its season at the Class 3A Danville Regional on Saturday afternoon. While the Knights came up short on the scoreboard to the host Warriors, 40-30, there will be plenty to celebrate as their accomplishments sink in during the coming weeks.
The current group of five seniors that includes; Jenny Lundy, Addy Thompson, Kelsey Heaton, Sophia Buell and Makayla Sparks, will certainly be missed. Amongst their accomplishments is winning 65-percent of their games over the past four years. The Knights went 61-40 overall during that span. Also of note, the group was part of two of the program’s three sectional titles. Northview also won a title in 2017 and in 2015.
Keyes pointed out that he holds the senior class in special standing since they started during the same season that he did as head coach in the 2015-16 campaign.
“It is a special group of seniors that came in as freshmen when I was a freshman coach,” Keyes said. “It is a group that I am going to miss and a group that I am going to remember. It is just a special bunch of kids.”
Lundy’s name will soon be on the Northview High School Gymnasium wall as one of the program’s 1,000-point career scorers.
The six-footer can claim that she never lost a sectional volleyball match during her four years at Northview and she also did not lose a sectional basketball game. Lundy was injured and did not play during two seasons of postseason play. When healthy, the Knights won both sectional titles when she was on the court.
“She has been so important not just to us, but also to volleyball and to the school in general,” Keyes said of Lundy. “She is just a top of the line kid. Athletes like her don’t come around very often so we have been fortunate to have her.”
While losing such an accomplished graduating class, the cupboard will be far from bare next season as a pair of freshman saw significant playing time.
Macey Timberman started at point guard for much of the season and averaged 11 points per game along with three rebounds and a pair of assists per game. Aliyah Owens made the most of her court time once she reached the varsity level for 15 games this year. She averaged five points per game and provided athletic defense at the other end. Owens also added more than a steal per contest and three rebounds per game. Haley Richey is another returning starter and she gives the Knights a designated sharp shooter having hit 38-percent of her 3-pointers (48-of-128) this season. She also posted 2.3 rebounds per game. Makenzie Barger saw action in 23 games this season and will provide veteran leadership next year as a senior and adds needed size at 5’10. The Knights’ freshman class this season also included Sydney Maurer and Hanna Dawson, who combined to see action in 36 varsity games and Adrienne Combs will step into a varsity role after playing in nine games this season.