Northview's struggles on the court continued on Tuesday night with a 42-38 defeat to the visiting Greencastle Tiger Cubs.
The loss is the Knights third in a row and fifth in seven games for a squad that is still battling illness.
Still missing starter Erica Koehler, the Knights were also short Heather Palmer who was bitten by the illness bug during the holidays. Northview needed both players on Tuesday against a sizable Tiger Cubs squad.
The Knights got going early as Amy Thiemann ripped off seven points in the first quarter against the Tiger Cubs. Northview also was able to force seven first period turnovers on the way to a 13-8 advantage.
In the second period, Greencastle was only able to hit two shots from the field while Northview hit four-of-seven (57 percent). But the Tiger Cubs, led by junior Jordan Robertson, hit all six of their free throw attempts in the quarter to narrow the Knight's lead to 21-18.
In the second half, neither team could find the basket late in the third quarter after Northview took a 28-22 lead.
The Knights hit only two-of-14 shots in the period while Greencastle sank only one-of-eight shots. But once more, free throws helped the Tiger Cubs close the Knights lead. Robertson, who led the Tiger Cubs with 15 points and seven rebounds, hit a pair of free throws followed by Hannah Fenlon's two charity tosses that got Greencastle within two points at 38-36.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights were able to hold off Greencastle's advances with a Whitney Medworth jumper and Julie Whitted basket in the paint, but the Tiger Cubs would put together a 9-0 run led by Toni Burney who hit two free throws and a 3-pointer that gave Greencastle a 35-34 lead with 4:10 left to play.
The Tiger Cubs wouldn't relinquish the advantage the rest of the way, hitting five-of-seven free throws in the final quarter.
Northview had one final chance to tie the game after Greencastle junior Lyndie Alspaugh missed a shot with under 45 seconds to play. Sara Frazier pulled down the rebound for the Knights who called a timeout with 29.7 seconds remaining. However, after the inbound, a Medworth pass inside went awry and Robertson hit two final free throws to cap the game.
For the game, Greencastle hit 16-of-19 (84 percent) from the free throw line while Northview sank just 27 percent (three-of-11).
The Knights (6-6 overall) will host Owen Valley in the 6 p.m. game of a boy/girl doubleheader on Friday night.
Burney 4-12 4-5 14, Fenlon 2-5 3-4 7, Robertson 3-7 9-10 15, Alspaugh 1-3 0-0 2, Marshall 1-2 0-0 2, Earl 0-1 0-0 0, Call 1-2 0-0 2, Masten 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 12-34 16-19 42.
McCrea 1-7 1-2 3, Medworth 4-14 0-0 8, Frazier 2-6 0-0 4, Thiemann 3-8 0-0 7, Whitted 7-10 2-7 16, Challandes 0-0 0-0 0, Plummer 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 17-45 3-11 38.
3-point fieldgoals -- Greencastle 2-9 (Burney 2-6, Fenlon 0-2, Call 0-1), Northview 1-6 (Thiemann 1-1, Medworth 0-5). Total Rebounds -- Greencastle 29 (Robertson 7), Northview 26 (Whitted 6). Total Fouls -- Greencastle 11, Northview 20. Turnovers -- Greencastle 13, Northview 13. Team Rebounds -- Greencastle 9, Northview 4.