Never a team to shy away from a challenge, the Northview Knights opened their season against another strong Mooresville squad.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the Pioneers' press was not a great way to break in a new point guard.
Northview turned the ball over 33 times and Mooresville jumped on the Knights 24-5 after one quarter in which the home team turned the ball over 11 times on the way to a 61-29 defeat.
The Pioneers were very efficient in the opening half as junior Lauren Kenney scored Mooresville's first eight points and the Knights were quickly down by double digits before they attempted their first shot from the field.
"You just can't simulate (Mooresville's) pressure in practice," commented Northview coach Bob Medworth. "With one less week of practice this season. . .I'm not making any excuses, but when your breaking in three new players, that lost week doesn't help."
The Northview guards were obviously flustered against stout pressure from Mooresville's backcourt.
The Pioneers pressured the ball all over the court and effectively eliminated 6'5 center Julie Whitted from the Knights' offensive scheme.
Whitted was held to just four points in the first half and just 12 in the game and was held to just five rebounds.
In fact, the Knights struggled to get into their offense in the first half against Mooresville's pressure.
Northview was able to attempt only 12 shots in the opening half compared to 30 for Mooresville.
The Pioneers ran up a 42-9 lead at halftime and despite a more successful Northview effort in the third and fourth quarters, were able to take home the comfortable opening victory. With the Mooresville pressure called off for much of the final quarter, the Knights were able to run off the final five points of the game, including a three-point play from Whitted to get within the final margin.
The Knights were led by Whitted's 12 points and got seven from Laura McCrea. Jennifer Gregg tied for the team lead in rebounds with five.
Northview (0-1 overall) will face Terre Haute South in Friday's 6 p.m. HI-99 Clabber Girl Classic contest.
Mooresville 36, Northview 23
The Northview junior varsity squad also had turnover issues in their opener, committing 10 in the first period while falling behind 10-2 through the first quarter.
The Knights rallied to get as close as 26-17 heading into the fourth quarter before Mooresville's Kayli Schafer scored three straight baskets to cap an 8-0 run that finished off Northview in a 36-23 loss.
The Knights were paced by Abby Birkey's five points and four from Hannah Hunter and Emilee Lutes.
The junior varsity squad will compete at Riverton Parke on Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Wys 2-6 2-2 6, Hilligoss 0-0 1-2 1, Kenney 5-7 0-0 10, Couch 5-12 1-2 13, Dougherty 4-10 2-4 10, Harper 7-13 1-1 16, Viles 0-0 1-2 1, Purdue 2-8 0-0 4, Schafer 0-2 0-0 0, Mann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-60 8-13 61.
McCrea 2-9 3-7 7, Hayes 1-6 0-0 3, Gregg 0-2 4-6 4, Challandes 2-2 1-4 5, Whitted 4-10 4-6 12, Spugnardi 0-2 0-0 0, Harlan 0-1 0-0 0, Plummer 0-0 0-0 0, Birkey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 9-34 12-20 29.
3-point fieldgoals -- Mooresville 3-12 (Harper 1-2, Couch 2-6, Schafer 0-1, Purdue 0-3), Northview 1-6 (Hayes 1-4, McCrea 0-1, Spugnardi 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Mooresville 36 (Kenney 5, Harper 4, Dougherty 7), Northview 32 (Whitted 5, Gregg 5, McCrea 4). Turnovers -- Mooresville 17, Northview 33.