MOORESVILLE -- Though they didn't come away with a victory on Tuesday night versus the Class 4A third-ranked Mooresville Pioneers, Northview showed their fans on Tuesday night why hopes are so high for this season.
The Knights dropped a 68-46 decision to the Pioneers, but trailed just 39-34 midway through the third quarter before going on a cold streak from the field. Mooresville would finish off the quarter on a 7-2 run that would shake off the pesky Knights.
"We weren't able to get into a rotation to keep people fresh," commented coach Bob Medworth of his Knights. "I think that was our downfall."
Northview got behind early in the contest as Mooresville's pressure defense got to the Knights for an early 23-11 after the first quarter. The Pioneers were able to force nine turnovers in the period while the Knights took five fewer shots.
An experienced Mooresville lineup got 10 first quarter points from Joanna Thompson in taking an early lead. But the Knights would respond in the second period.
Senior Erica Koehler and sophomore Julie Whitted combined for 11 points in the period as Northview turned up their own defense on the Pioneers. The Knights would force eight turnovers in the period and closed within 31-27 at the halftime break.
"I really liked the way we kept working after getting behind at the beginning," said Medworth. "We didn't give up against them."
However, the Knights would get off to a slow start in the second half.
Mooresville's sophomore sharpshooter Megan Couch opened the half by drilling back-to-back 3-pointer to take a 36-27 lead. "That was disappointing," said Medworth. "We really talked at halftime about not coming out flat in the second half."
The Knights would again claw their way back, closing to 39-34 on a layin by Laura McCrea and a Whitney Medworth jumper, but the Pioneers closed the quarter on a 9-4 streak.
In the fourth period the Knights weren't able to get untracked offensively, plagued by turnovers against Mooresville's aggressive defense. "They've got two Division I caliber players," noted Medworth. "They've got a heck of a program and we're not there yet."
Senior center Sarah Harper certainly did her damage with 17 points, including six in the final period. Her effort on the offensive end coupled with a solid effort against Northview's Whitted sent Mooresville to the victory. Guard Carley Wright also added 17 points along with Thompson's 12.
For the Knights, Whitted led the way with 13 points followed by Medworth with 12 and Koehler, who added 10 points.
Northview will compete in the HI-99 Clabber Girl Classic this weekend at Terre Haute South High School. The Knights received the bye into the semifinals where they will face the winner of the Terre Haute South vs. Fountain Central contest on Friday night.
In the junior varsity contest, the Knights were paced by 10 points from Jennifer Gregg but fell 46-27 to the Pioneers. Mooresville led 18-4 after one quarter before the Knights closed within 22-15 at the half.
McCrea 2-5, 0-0 4, Koehler 2-8 6-8 10, Medworth 4-12, 3-4 12, Thiemann 2-7 0-0 6, Whitted 6-12 1-3 13, Gregg 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 0-2 0-2 0, Challandes 0-0 1-2 1, Palmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-46, 11-19 46.
Gardner 0-2 0-0 0, Wright 6-12 4-7 17, R.Kenney 3-8 0-0 6, Thompson 6-12 0-0 12, S. Harper 8-12 1-5 17, L.Kenney 2-2 0-0 4, Couch 3-10 2-3 10, Viles 0-0 0-0 0, H.Harper 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-58 7-15 68.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nview 3-8 (Medworth 1-5, Thiemann 2-3), Mooresville 5-15 (Thompson 2-4, Couch 2-6, Wright 1-4, Gardner 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nview 40 (McCrea 8, Koehler 8, Whitted 7), Mooresville 28 (Thompson 6, L. Kenney 5). Total Fouls -- Nview 16, Mooresville 20. Turnovers -- Nview 25, Mooresville 16.