GREENCASTLE -- The Northview High School girls' basketball game with Greencastle was over almost after the opening tip.
The Knights -- who hadn't played a game since Dec. 21 -- went to 6-foot-5 freshman Julia Whitted early and often and she responded with a career-high 28 points as the Knights defeated the host Tiger cubs, 81-47.
"That's huge because they've got to worry about her," Northview coach Bob Medworth said. "It changes what you want to do inside.
"We're excited because her accuracy is getting better."
The Tiger Cubs didn't have a player who could match up to Whitted's height and size and the Knights took advantage.
"We were concerned about her going in," Greencastle coach Jarrod Duff said. "We tried to play her a lot of different ways.
"She was allowed to stand down there in the paint. She was good at turning around and shooting the ball. We got beat by a really good basketball team."
After both teams traded points to begin the game, Northview opened up a 9-4 lead on a three-point play by Ashley Pierce. The points led to a 9-0 run as the Knights took a 13-4 lead and led, 18-8 after one quarter of action.
Northview increased its lead to 14, 26-12, off two consecutive buckets by Whitted and Amy Thiemann and closed the first half on a 8-1 run thanks to buckets by Whitted and two free throws by Laura McCrea.
The Knights pulled ahead by 25 midway through the third period on a basket by Sara Frazier and led, 56-32, after three quarters.
Northview was 9-of-12 from the field in the third quarter.
Greencastle started the fourth quarter with two baskets from Kyrian Marshall and Kristin Hendrich and two more free throws from Hannah Fenlon to pull within 18 before Whitney Medworth sank back-to-back 3-pointers.
The Knights achieved their largest lead of the game at 31 points, 77-46, with 52.7 seconds remaining off two free throws by Rachel Deal. Whitted hit two more buckets to seal the win.
Despite the win, Coach Medworth said the Knights still have room to improve.
"This is our first game since Dec. 21 so I suppose it was OK," he said. "But we rely too much on Julia to do our rebounding for us and our press didn't do that much damage to them other than irritate them."
In addition to Whitted's outing, Pierce tallied 13 points while Medworth chipped in 10 points while dishing out six assists.
In junior varsity action, Northview won, 20-15. McCrea led NHS with six points while Heather Palmer tallied five.
Junior Varsity - Northview won, 20-15.
Next Game - The Knights (10-4) face Owen Valley on the road in a varsity boy-girl doubleheader on Friday at 6 p.m.