- Northview takes Clabber Girl title with pair of wins -
TERRE HAUTE -- Count the Northview Knights even on achieving goals this season. Though Northview couldn't beat Mooresville in their season opener, the Knights accomplished their second goal, winning the Hi-99 Clabber Girl Classic Tournament title on Saturday night with a 65-37 win over surprising South Vermillion.
The 2003 tournament could have signaled a changing of the guard of sorts as host Terre Haute South, defending two-time champions of the tourney fell to the Knights in a semifinal barnburner to place fourth. The youth laden Terre Haute North Patriots who had lost to the Wildcats in the other semifinal game, were winners over the Braves to take third-place in the tourney, 55-48.
Many believed that the championship game was played in the Saturday morning opener as the Knights faced Terre Haute South. The game was a rematch of last year's title game that the Braves had won 48-40. This time it was the Knights who took control.
Northview jumped out to a 45-28 lead late in the third quarter before a furious comeback by the Braves led by senior Alison Terrell, Jesse Ketner and Kara Kay who combined for seven steals in the fourth quarter.
The Braves rallied to tie the score on a layup from Kay with 45 seconds left in the game, 51-51. The Knights in return had a shot to retake the lead but missed the front end of a one-and-one at the free throw line shortly afterwards. But Whitney Medworth would seal the game when she hit the first of two free throws with 16 seconds left and then stole South's inbounds pass to finish out the game.
"That was a huge win for us,' commented Northview coach Bob Medworth. "We had too many turnovers in the game, but we're happy to beat South. I think the girls were a little mad at us because they wanted to enjoy the win but (the coaches) came in and told them what they had done wrong."
The Knights got a big game from sophomore center Julie Whitted who contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds in the contest as well as helping to shut down South senior Lauren Ditteon who shot just three-of-13 from the field. Medworth added 11 points and five assists.
While Coach Medworth didn't let his girls enjoy their semifinal win too much, the South Vermillion Wildcats came through with a big win over Terre Haute North, 56-48, as senior Kylee Wood tallied 30 points, including 15-of-23 from the free throw line.
In the title game however, what looked to be a fatigued Wildcats team was handled comfortably by the aggressive Northview Knights.
Medworth had 10 first half points while South Vermillion got just 11 points, all from Wood, in the first 11 minutes of the game before Mandy Vandergriff scored for the Wildcats.
By then, South Vermillion trailed 22-11 and eventually 30-15 at the halftime break. Whitted had eight points and eight rebounds in limited first half action.
The Wildcats couldn't seem to get untracked against Northview's swarming defense. Wood took off-balance shot after shot on the way to a tough five-of-32 shooting game. As a team, South Vermillion hit just 22 percent (14-of-64) from the field. Meanwhile tournament co-MVP, Medworth, was having one of the best games of her career.
Medworth would end the game with 10 points, eight rebounds and an unofficial 12 assists. Whitted added her second game totals to a stellar first game for two-game totals of 40 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocks.
Medworth was nominated co-MVP with Wood who, despite a disappointing championship game effort, rang up 67 points in her first two games of the tournament. The All-tournament team consisted of South's Terrell and Ditteon along with Laura Burdick and Molly Williams of Terre Haute North and Chloe Dark of Fountain Central and Whitted of Northview.
With the two victories, the Knights move to 2-1 overall this season with a game tomorrow night against Riverton Parke beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tipoff for the junior varsity game will be at 6 p.m.