Four Northview players reached double figures and the Knight's pressing defense stifled a shaky Riverton Parke squad 80-21 at home on Tuesday night.
The Northview starters dominated during stretches against the Panthers, forcing 14 first quarter turnovers and nine during a four minute stretch of the fourth quarter.
Whitney Medworth knocked down a pair of first quarter 3-pointers and five Knights scored in the opening period in which Northview's defenders swarmed over the Panthers ball handlers. The Knights rang up 27 first quarter points and held Riverton Parke to just one field goal in the opening eight minutes.
"Well we've been on the other end of games like this," commented Northview head coach Bob Medworth. "We tried to get everyone some playing time tonight. I was really happy with the defense in the first and fourth quarters."
That scrambling defense helped the Knights shoot 12-of-16 in the first period (75 percent) and a remarkable 77 percent (10-of-13) in the final quarter. In those two periods the Knights outscored Riverton Parke 50-4.
The middle two quarters weren't quite as sharp as the first and last period, but the Knights still managed to outscore the Panthers nearly 2 to 1.
"We were a little unhappy with the girls at halftime because we want them to play hard whether they are up or down by a lot. We had too many turnovers," said Medworth. "But I was happy with the fact that we had a lot of people scoring."
The Knight's entire varsity roster got in the scoring column with Medworth leading the way with 18 points. Erica Koehler who brought her teammates to their feet late in the game with a rare 3-pointer, tallied 15 points on six-of-seven shooting and Julie Whitted scored 13 with 10 rebounds. Sara Frazier keyed defensive spurts for Northview with six steals in the game while Medworth added eight assists. Laura McCrea hit double-digits with 10 points and Amy Thiemann reached seven points.
With the win the Knights move to 3-1 overall this year and await a rematch with rival Terre Haute South on Saturday night. "We've got a big game on Saturday night," said Medworth. "They are a well-coached team and they've got great players. Should be a great game, I hope we have a big crowd there."
Tipoff for the varsity contest on Saturday night is at 7:30 p.m.
In the junior varsity contest, the Knight's defense once again impressed by holding the Panthers to just 13 points in a 48-13 victory.
Freshmen Kayla Harlan and Lexee Hayes led the team in scoring with 11 and nine points respectively. Heather Palmer chiped in eight points along with Jennifer Gregg and Kellsy Maurer added six points in the win. Hayes also added six rebounds and Palmer added four as did Brittney Spugnardi.
Riverton Parke (21)
Chambers 1-4 0-0 2, Allen 0-3 0-0 0, Brenton 2-9 0-1 4, Porter 1-8 0-0 2, McDonald 2-7 0-0 4, K.Gravil 1-5 0-2 2, Amerman 1-5 1-3 3, Cottrell 2-3 0-0 4, Stone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-44 1-6 21.
Koehler 6-7 2-2 15, Medworth 7-9 2-2 18, Frazier 3-7 0-0 6, Thiemann 3-6 0-0 7, Whitted 6-10 1-2 13, McCrea 4-7 2-3 10, Gregg 1-2 0-0 2, Challandes 1-3 3-6 5, Palmer 1-4 2-3 4. Totals: 32-55 12-18 80.
3-point fieldgoals -- R.Parke 0-7 (Gravil 0-1, Brenton 0-1, Chambers 0-1, Amerman 0-1, Poter 0-1, McDonald 0-2), Northview 4-5 (Medworth 2-3, Thiemann 1-1, Koehler 1-1). Total Rebounds -- R.Parke 30 (Porter 4), Northview 41 (Whitted 10, McCrea 6). Turnovers -- R.Parke 35, Northview 20.