The Northview Knights celebrated Senior Night in style on Thursday night with a win over the Danville Warriors, 50-31.
Ashley Pierce is the lone senior on this squad and has seen her Knights go from 3-18 two years ago, to 5-16 last year to this year's edition which has set school records for wins as they advanced to 14-5 this year with the most recent win.
The Warriors kept Northview close for one quarter of play trailing just 13-11 when Danville guard Jessica Grove knocked down two late 3-pointers.
Neither team shot well from the field in the first half with the Knights hitting just 26 percent (six-of-23) while the Warriors shot an arctic 23 percent (five-of-22). However, the Knights had Erica Koehler.
Koehler's aggressive play was the highlight of the game and kept the Knights out front in the first half with eight points and seven rebounds before the break. "I thought the kids really came out to play tonight," said Northview coach Bob Medworth. "Erica (Koehler) played really well tonight. Some of the other kids wanted to play more as well, but were in foul trouble. Sara (Frazier) has some great games lately, but she got some early fouls."
Northview was able to edge out to a 22-13 lead at halftime, but it was the third quarter that was pivotal.
The Knights finally were able to get their transition game out of park and got some easy baskets and some lay-ins off of excellent passes.
Northview hit seven-of-10 shots in the quarter as Julie Whitted hit all three of her shots underneath and picked up four rebounds in the period on her way to a 10 point, 13 rebound night.
The Knights got going early in the quarter, knocking down four of their first six shots while the Warriors missed nine-of-11. Whitney Medworth's 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the period pushed the lead out to 35-19 and the Knights were cruising the rest of the way. "We're getting better," said Medworth afterwards. "We're still having some trouble getting into our offense off the break and we're still committing too many turnovers, but our effort was nice tonight."
Koehler finished off what could have been her best game of the year with three more fourth quarter baskets to complete a 16 points, 12 rebound game on five-of-seven shooting. Medworth was the third Knight in double figure scoring with 12 points with four boards. The Knights outrebounded Danville 48-29 overall.
Northview will play for sole possession of their first conference title on Saturday night as they travel to Sullivan for a 6:30 p.m. junior varsity tipoff.