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Fouls and Forsythe end Knight streak

Saturday, January 25, 2003

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Coming into Friday's game, Northview coach Bob Medworth knew that his team would have to deny the ball to North Central's center, Rebekah Forsythe, in order to win the game.

However, the senior had other plans.

The Knights were able to hold her to just five-of-21 shooting from the field, but she pummeled Northview at the line with a 17-of-19 performance and a game-high 27 points as the Lady T-Birds won 48-43.

Forsythe and her senior teammate, guard Megan Haag, drew foul after foul on Northview defenders, so many in fact that two Knight starters fouled out and the other three had four fouls by the end of the game.

Neither team was able to shoot the ball well from the field in the game. Northview hit just 25 percent (14-of-55) while North Central was 14-of-49 (29 percent). Stout defense by North Central seemingly had the Knights frustrated on the offensive end as the Ladybirds employed a 2-3 zone to deny the ball inside to 6'5 center Julie Whitted.

Whitted got into early foul trouble as Forsythe and Haag came in waves at her. She finally fouled out of the game midway through the fourth quarter with just six points and nine rebounds, a victim of Forsythe's experience and the officials quick whistle.

Northview stayed close throughout the game, trailing just 25-21 at halftime despite shooting just six-of-27 from the field. The Knights did hit eight of their 11 foul shots to stay close in the half.

In the second half, the Knight's defense was as stingy as it has been all year long.

Northview kept the Thunderbirds scoreless from the field, allowing just four freethrows by Forsythe. The zero-of-13 performance by North Central allowed the Knights to close a 29-23 gap and take the lead 32-29 into the fourth quarter.

However, foul trouble finally caught up to Northview and their cold shooting down the stretch allowed North Central to regain the lead on a Forsythe runner in the lane early in the final period. Haag and Forsythe dominated the last quarter, scoring all 19 of their team's points, including a seven-of-eight performance down the stretch from Forsythe.

The Knights opened the period by missing 13 of their first 14 shots as North Central pulled out to a 48-36 lead before two late Whitney Medworth 3-pointers and an Ashley Pierce free throw closed the gap to the final margin.

Pierce would lead the Knights with 11 points and eight boards while Amy Thiemann added another eight rebounds for Northview.

The Knights' eight-game winning streak comes to and end as they drop to 12-5 overall and 5-0 in the WIC. They travel to Clay City on Tuesday night for a game with their Clay County neighbors.

North Central (48)

Higginbottom 0-2 0-0 0, Haag 7-18 3-4 17, Golish 1-3 0-2 2, Woodard 0-2 0-2 0, Forsythe 5-21 17-19 27, Gentry 0-0 0-0 0, Austin 1-3 0-1 2, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-49 20-28 48.

Northview (43)

Koehler 3-5 1-2 7, Medworth 3-13 1-3 9, Thiemann 2-11 0-0 5, Pierce 3-14 5-6 11, Whitted 2-7 2-2 6, Frazier 1-5 3-6 5, Palmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-55 12-19 43.

North Central1015419-- 48
Northview10111111-- 43

3-point fieldgoals -- North Central 0-11 (Haag 0-7, Forsythe 0-2, Golish 0-1, Austin 0-1), Northview 3-15 (Medworth 2-6, Thiemann 1-8, Frazier 0-1). Total Rebounds -- North Central 42 (Forsythe 11, Haag 7), Northview 49 (Whitted 9, Pierce 8, Thiemann 8). Total Fouls -- North Central 14, Northview 23. Fouled out -- North Central (None), Northview (Koehler, Whitted). Turnovers -- North Central 14, Northview 20.



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