While most girls would have been concentrating solely on the naming of Homecoming King and Queen on Friday night. Northview's girls had some business to take care of first against conference foe Sullivan.
The Knights got sophomore Julie Whitted's first career triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks and got key 3-pointers down the stretch from Whitney Medworth in cementing their second place standing in the WIC, 58-47.
The rewards kept on coming after the game as senior forward Erica Koehler, fresh off a 10 point, eight rebound performance against the Golden Arrows, was named the Homecoming Queen to senior football player and wrestler, Doug Porter's King status.
The Knights trailed the Golden Arrows after one quarter but got their offense rolling in the second period as Medworth drilled a couple from long range as part of a 19-point quarter for Northview. The result was a 32-28 advantage at the half.
In the process, Whitted dominated inside for the Knights, especially on defense where she blocked three Sullivan shots in the quarter and helped force the Arrows into a three-for-18 shooting quarter.
"Julie (Whitted) has to be a complete player," said Medworth afterwards. "We knew (Sullivan's Ally) McKinley would be tough."
In fact, McKinley was the only Sullivan player to shoot better than 50 percent, scoring 12 points on five-of-eight shooting. But the key was holding junior forward Alana Bradford to just 14 points on seven-of-28 shooting.
"We didn't play very well early," said Medworth. "They got some second chance points. They played us very smart and went right at us."
But the Knights ran out to a 38-30 lead in the third quarter as Whitted had back-to-back hoops and Koehler pulled down a rebound and followed with a basket. But Sullivan roared back to eventually take a 43-42 lead after a 13-2 run spurred by McKinley and Bradford who scored 10 of the 13 points.
But Sara Frazier gave the Knights a lead they would not relinquish on a put-back basket and Medworth followed a Sullivan turnover with back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 50-43 lead.
Northview would hit six-of-nine free throws in the final quarter to win their sixth straight game as Medworth joined Whitted as the game's high scorer with 17.
"Whitney (Medworth) really hit some big 3-pointers tonight for us," said her father and coach Bob Medworth.
With the win, the Knights move to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the WIC heading into Wednesday's home game versus Plainfield at 6 p.m.
Smith 1-10 3-4 6, Bradford 7-28 0-0 14, Dugan 6-14 0-0 15, McKinley 5-8 2-3 12, Turner 0-4 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, LeDune 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-64 5-7 47.
McCrea 2-7 2-6 6, Koehler 4-5 2-3 10, Medworth 5-11 2-4 17, Frazier 3-5 0-0 6, Whitted 8-15 1-3 17, Challandes 0-1 0-0 0, Palmer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 23-45 7-16 58.
3-point fieldgoals -- Sullivan 4-7 (Dugan 3-3, Smith 1-2, Turner 0-1, McKinley 0-1), Northview 5-7 (Medworth 5-7). Total Rebounds -- Sullivan 34 (Bradford 9, McKinley 6), Northview 43 (Whitted 10, Frazier 9, Koehler 8). Total Fouls -- Sullivan 15, Northview 12. Fouled out -- Sullivan (Turner). Turnovers -- Sullivan 7, Northview 18. Blocks -- Sullivan 3 (Several with one), Northview 12 (Whitted 10).