TERRE HAUTE -- After Saturday evening's rematch game against Terre Haute South it was easy to say that Northview's girls no longer look at the Braves with awe.
The Knights dropped a close decision to the Braves in the title game of the Clabber Girl Classic a week ago and took another shot at them on the Braves home court Saturday. Northview played the same physical hardnosed style of basketball that is becoming their calling card, but in the end the Braves found a way to get out alive, 65-52.
A week ago South relied on freshman Brooke Daugherty to get them the win, but this time the Braves went to a familiar face in Lauren Ditteon who rang up a game-high 22 in the victory.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't do all of the things we're capable of tonight," said Northview coach Bob Medworth. "I'm seeing a lot of improvement though and I saw some good things in the junior varsity game. We're getting better and better."
That was obvious late in the first quarter as the Knights showed what they are capable of in a flurry of scoring that put them up 15-9 behind a rebound hoop by Erica Koehler, a jumper in the lane from Amy Thiemann, a three-pointer by Whitney Medworth and a Koehler freethrow.
The key to the run was bruising defense by Northview's guards and frontline. The Knights played physical defense on the Braves who got no easy shots.
However Alison Terrell, who sat out last week's win with an ankle injury, picked up a pair of free throws and a steal and layup from the Knight's nemesis, Daugherty, closed the gap to 15-13.
The Braves started to smell blood in this run as they moved ahead by four points in the closing minutes of the half. What might have started the slide in South's direction was a missed defensive assignment in the closing seconds of the half that allowed Sarah Engle to get loose to knock down a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The shot put South up 32-25 at the break.
The third quarter was the backbreaker for Northview as they came out flat and a bit too tentative. "That's two games in a row that we didn't do what we decided to do at halftime. I think part of it has to do with the defense doing something different too," commented Medworth on his team's recent third quarter problems.
The result was a quick 8-0 run by the Braves in the first minute and a half of the third quarter. The run left the Braves up 40-25 and was spurred by four Northview turnvovers.
The rest of the Knight's problems were caused by Ditteon who was able to get the ball in the low post repeatedly and was the biggest culprit in South's 25-12 third period advantage. She scored 13 of her 22 in the quarter, most from within five feet from the basket. "We don't have it all down yet," said Medworth. "They know what they're (South) going to do but we're not quick enough to react yet on defense."
Trailing by a healthy margin the Knights turned to their shooters to ease back into the game. Amy Thiemann and Heather Palmer hit long range shots in the third quarter and Whitney Medworth hit three of her five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. She helped get Northview within 57-45 with 4:15 left, but the Knights weren't able to get any closer.
Medworth led the team in scoring with 21 points while Thiemann added 12. Julie Whitted had 10 rebounds to lead the squad.
The Knights will face South Vermillion on the road tonight beginning at 6 p.m.
In junior varsity action, Northview was close nearly all the way before falling 34-25 in the end.
Jessica Ketner led the Braves in scoring with 14 and Laura McCrea topped Northview with eight.
Three-pointers hurt the Knights in this one as the Braves hit a long range shot at the third quarter buzzer to lead 22-15. After a McCrea bucket brought the Knights to within 22-17, the Braves hit another 3-pointer to pull away at the end.