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Seniors lead Northview to victory

Monday, February 9, 2004

On Senior Night at Northview High School, it was a senior trio that combined for 38 points in leading the Knights to a 55-37 victory over Bloomfield.

Even without senior Amy Thiemann on the court, the Knights pressured the Cardinals into 24 turnovers, seven in each of the first three quarters as Northview led by as many as 21 points on the way to victory.

The win concludes the Knight's regular season with 14 victories leading to Tuesday's first round sectional game verus Plainfield.

Northview brought waves of halfcourt pressure against Bloomfield's young back court and the intensity worked to full effect.

Bloomfield turned the ball over seven times in the opening quarter as Northview opened a 19-6 advantage and the Cardinals never seriously threatened again.

The Cardinals shot just 29 percent in the first half compared to 54 percent for the Knights who clamped down on Bloomfield's leading scorer Ashley Thombelson.

Thombelson who averages nearly 17 points per game was held to just six points before halftime on three-of-nine shooting.

The frontline combination of sophomore Julie Whitted, junior Laura McCrea and Erica Koehler pressured Thombelson's shots in the paint and Whitted blocked three shots in the first eight minutes of play.

Meanwhile, senior Whitney Medworth tallied 12 points before halftime on the way to a team-high 17 points and pushed the Knights out to as much as a 21 point lead (39-18) early in the third quarter.

Medworth, who became Northview's all-time leading scorer in girl's basketball earlier this season, passing Frieda Crispin, finished the regular season with a total of 871 points.

Fellow senior Koehler added 16 points for Northview and Whitted added 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Knights. Sara Frazier, also a Northview senior had a solid game at the point guard position while adding five points.

Next up for Northview is a rematch with Plainfield on Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m. at Terre Haute South High School.

In the junior varsity contest, Northview rallied from as much as a 12 point deficit in the second half to take a 33-30 victory over Bloomfield.

The Knights pressured the Cardinals into a wealth of second half turnovers and clawed slowly back to within five points heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final stanza, Northview tied the game on a steal and breakaway layin by sophomore Jennifer Gregg.

One more turnover in the closing minute led to another Gregg score and the Knights took a 33-30 lead into the finals seconds where Bloomfield missed a 3-pointer and turned the ball over to the Knights to end the contest.

Gregg led the Knights with 14 points while Brittney Spugnardi added eight and Kayla Harlan chipped in five points.

Northview advances to 14-3 this season with the victory.

Bloomfield (37)

Gilliland 0-2 0-0 0, Stout 1-5 0-0 2, Veatch 0-4 0-0 0, Thombelson 9-22 1-2 19, Bean 5-10 0-1 10, Parsley 2-3 0-0 4, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 1-7 0-0 2. Totals: 18-53 1-3 37.

Northview (55)

McCrea 1-3 1-2 3, Koehler 6-12 3-4 16, Medworth 7-17 1-2 17, Frazier 2-7 1-4 5, Whitted 4-12 2-5 10, Gregg 0-3 0-2 0, Challandes 0-0 0-0 0, Palmer 1-4 0-0 2, Harlan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 22-60 8-19 55.

Bloomfield68149-- 37
Northview1913149-- 55

3-point fieldgoals -- Bloomfield 0-1 (Gilliland 0-1), Northview 3-7 (Medworth 2-5, Koehler 1-1, Frazier 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Bloomfield 41 (Thombelson 15), Northview 44 (Whitted 15, Koehler 8). Total Fouls -- Bloomfield 14, Northview 13. Turnovers -- Bloomfield 24, Northview 18. Blocks -- Bloomfield 2 (Thomblelson, Bean), Northview 5 (Whitted 3, Medworth 2).

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