CLAY CITY -- To the Clay City Eels on Tuesday night, it must have seemed like the Northview Knights were using six defenders on the court all night. However, in reality they only had six on the floor for a few fleeting seconds when a little girl happened to find her way onto the court while play was in session.
But the Eels had their share of troubles when the Knights had just five on the court as Northview won comfortably 48-24 in the Clay County matchup.
Amy Thiemann picked up five steals in the game, part of 11 in the game for Northview who forced 23 Clay City turnovers.
Eight of those came in a pivotal second quarter when Northview blew open a close 11-5 game after one quarter of play. "Their obviously a much more athletic team," said Clay City coach Chris Ross afterwards. "(Amy) Thiemann is so athletic and Medworth is so tough that it's kind of like pick your own poison."
That poison was rather slow acting as Northview hit just 27 percent (four-of-15) shots in the first quarter when the Eels trailed just 11-5. "Against North Central on Friday we weren't getting good shots," said Northview coach Bob Medworth. "Tonight we were getting good looks but the shots just weren't going down. Our outside shooting is still off."
The Knights didn't shoot much better in the second quarter, but the Eels continued to struggle from the field without leading scorer Whitney McWilliams who missed her second game due to a death in her family. The Eels hit just 24 percent (four-of-17) in the first half while the Knights added to their lead before the break. Northview led 27-10 at the half with Julie Whitted getting eight points and Thiemann adding seven.
"It makes a difference [not having McWilliams]," said Ross. "She's really stepped up shooting the ball and it would have definitely helped to have her when they pressed in the first half."
Through three quarters the Knights led 39-16 before both teams began substituting liberally.
Whitted led the Knights with 14 points and nine rebounds and Thiemann added another 11 for Northview. Ashley Pierce added seven points and five boards. The Eels got eight points from Brittany Rood and a team-high six boards from senior Jenna Koehler.
The Knights (13-5 overall) face Danville on Thursday in their final home game and the Eels (3-13 overall) travel to Eastern the same night.