It's a good thing that Northview High School had a two-hour delay because of slick roads this morning. Their girls' basketball team will enjoy the extra bit of sleep they will get after a 55-36 win over West Vigo on Thursday night.
The Knights turned in perhaps their best half of defensive basketball all season long in holding the Vikings to a frigid four-of-18 (22 percent) shooting first half. "That was the best first and second quarter intensity we've ever had," said Knight coach Bob Medworth afterwards. "We came out ready to play tonight. I actually think they were a little tired in the third quarter because they haven't worked that hard on defense before."
That hard work paid off in the first half to the tune of 13 forced turnovers by the Vikings and a 31-9 lead at the break. "We really worked on our individual defense in practice this week and I think they came out and really tried to do what we practiced tonight," commented Medworth.
Northview took advantage of the first half West Vigo Viking turnovers to shoot a sizzling 13-of-20 (65 percent) from the field before the half. Whitney Medworth hit four of her five shots from the field in the half on her way to 10 points in the game. Amy Thiemann was perfect from the field and line for seven points in the half, Julie Whitted contributed eight and Erica Koehler had six in gathering the lead.
The Knights continued their strong defensive pressure in the third quarter as they built as much as a 31-point lead at 46-15 before they loosened their strangle hold a bit and allowed the Vikings to outscore them 21-9 in the final quarter.
By the time all of the starters had hit the bench, they looked to be running on fumes. "We've not been in a whole lot of games where we're up by 15," said Medworth. "We play in one of the toughest sectionals in the state so we're getting ready for that. I told some of the older kids tonight that if they kept playing hard that I'd leave them in longer. We're not going to have any games in the sectional were any of our top seven players can take time off."
The Knights (12-4 overall, 5-0 WIC) will get an early test next Friday when North Central (Farmersburg) brings one of the top area teams into Northview High School next Friday for a 6 p.m. junior varsity tipoff.