By Steve Fields
For the Brazil Times
In the heat of competition players and teams learn the most about
themselves. If they didn't know it before, the Northview Knights know now they are a team.
The Knights overcame sickness, foul trouble and the rival Terre Haute South Braves 50-46 Saturday night at Northview High School.
"That's got to be a huge confidence boost for [the players]," Northview Coach Bob Medworth said.
Northview (4-1) pulled out its second win of the season over South with Whitney Medworth playing at half strength because of illness and Julie Whitted on the bench with five fouls the final 6 minutes and 34 seconds.
Amy Thiemann and Erica Koehler hit big baskets and free throws that turned a regular-season victory into something special. "We've got sick kids, kids fouled out. [South Coach Alan Maroska] is a heck of a coach. [South has] got good players. That's huge [for us to win]," Medworth said.
Thiemann, who scored 13 points, hit 4-5 free throws in the final 3:16 of the game, including the two that put Northview ahead for good.
Koehler, who fouled out after a 13-point, 9 rebound performance, netted five points in the final 2:46, including two free throws that sealed the victory with 21.8 seconds to play.
Just like the first game between the two teams at Terre Haute South, this one was close all the way. Northview's 12-7 edge in the first quarter was the largest of the night. Northview led 25-23 at halftime, but Whitted had three fouls and South lost forward Mallory Kraly to an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Jessica Ketner hit a 3-pointer to give South its biggest lead of the night, 37-33, with 2:45 to play in the third period and the Braves led 37-36 going into the final eight minutes.
Koehler hit a field goal and free throw to put Northview up 39-37, 16 seconds into the fourth quarter. "Koehler is huge. You can count on Koehler to give 120 percent every second," Coach Medworth said.
Whitted increased the margin to four points, but seconds later was called for her fifth and final foul. That swung the momentum in South's favor, but Northview dug in on the defensive end of the court and allowed just two field goals in the fourth quarter.
South took a 42-41 lead with 5:18 to play. Thiemann hit two free throws that put the Knights head for good, 43-42, with 3:16 left. When Koehler and Sara Frazier teamed for a give-and-go lay up, Northview had a 46-42 lead and the momentum.
"That's a nice Thanksgiving present for us," Coach Medworth said of the win.
Northview's next game is December 1 at Bloomington North.