TERRE HAUTE -- There was very little that was pretty about Northview's 55-46 girls basketball victory on Tuesday night. But when all is said and done, it might be one of the most valuable game's that the squad has played to date.
With starters Erica Koehler and Amy Thiemann on the bench due to illness and guard Whitney Medworth still recovering along with her teammates, Northview got 28 points from players who typically come off the bench for the Knights.
That total coupled with sophomore center Julie Whitted's monster 21 point, 14 rebound night sent the Knights to victory.
"If you'd have told us that I'd have Amy (Thiemann) and Erica (Koehler) sitting on the bench all night and Whitney (Medworth) would only score three points in the game, I'd have said it would be a tough night for us," commented coach Bob Medworth. "But Heather's (Palmer) 10 points and Jennifer's (Gregg) six points really were huge tonight. They both stepped up big for us."
The Knights struggled in the first half, especially the first quarter, getting into an offensive rhythm. Luckily for them, the Patriots weren't having much success either. With starter Molly Williams on the bench for much of the game with a sprained ankle, the Patriots shot just 40 percent in the first half.
Each team turned the ball over seven times apiece in the opening period which ended in a nine-all tie. The second quarter was only slightly better as each team made small runs to end the half knotted at 21-apiece.
But the third quarter was the difference maker.
Whitted dominated inside with her teammates lobbing inside for layin after layin for the Knights.
Whitted would tally 12 points in the period, coupled with four of Laura McCrea's eight points sent the Knights out to a 39-30 advantage through three quarters.
"We were hoping that our younger kids could provide enough pressure on (the Patriots)," said Medworth."
What was the biggest key was the Knight's rebounding prowess in the period.
Northview pulled down 11 boards in the decisive third period versus just four for the Patriots. That translated into seven more shots from the field for the Knights who went (nine-of-20, 45 percent) in the quarter against the Patriot's 31 percent (four-of-13).
In the fourth quarter the Knights would lead by as many as 14 points as Palmer added six of her 10 points and Gregg chipped in four of her points. Freshman Stephanie Plummer also got into the act with a free throw and two rebounds. Casey Challandes chipped in three points and four rebounds for the Knights. Despite having a tough night shooting from the field, guard Sarah Frazier did an amicable job in extensive minutes for the Knights.
Northview (6-3 overall, 2-1 WIC) face a huge conference battle versus unbeaten Edgewood on the road Saturday night at 6 p.m.
McCrea 3-5 2-3 8, Medworth 1-7 0-0 3, Frazier 0-10 3-6 3, Palmer 3-7 4-4 10, Whitted 9-13 3-6 21, Gregg 2-5 2-2 6, Challandes 1-2 1-1 3, Plummer 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 19-49 16-24 55.
T.H. North (46)
Mardis 4-10 2-2 11, Burdick 3-8 2-2 9, Miller 1-11 2-2 4, Dorsett 4-9 3-4 11, Mason 0-4 0-0 0, Dodson 2-6 0-0 4, Weatherford 2-5 1-2 5, Fort 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 19-49 10-12 46.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 1-5 (Medworth 1-5), T.H. North 2-14 (Mardis 1-4, Burdick 1-6, Miller 0-3, Dodson 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Northview 37 (Whitted 14, Frazier 7), T.H. North 33 (Dorsett 6). Total Fouls -- Northview 12, T.H. North 17. Fouled out -- T.H. North (Dorsett). Turnovers -- Northview 23, T.H. North 18.