Although you can't be completely unhappy with a victory, Northview coach Bob Medworth saw plenty of room for improvement after Tuesday's 55-39 win over Riverton Parke.
"We missed a lot of two or three foot shots tonight," mentioned Medworth. "When you get that close to the basket, you have to knock those down."
The Knights missed plenty of shots, up close and far away on Tuesday night. In fact, Northview shot just 30 percent from the field, but dominated the Panthers on the boards in a powerful first quarter performance.
Junior center Julie Whitted pulled down a remarkable 14 rebounds in the first period alone as Northview took 24 shots to Riverton Parke's 18. The result, though the Knights hit just six of those shots, was an 18-6 advantage through the first eight minutes. At the halftime break, Northview had pulled out to a 33-14 lead on the strength of nine points from Casey Challandes.
In the second half, Riverton Parke picked up their own rebounding and, in turn, slowed Northview's scoring pace.
"(Riverton Parke's) hustle just kept going," said Medworth afterwards. "We talked at halftime about getting offensive rebounds, but our tall players just quit rebounding so we put in our smaller players."
The Knights took much of their post presence in Whitted and McCrea and went to a guard-centric lineup that was outrebounded in the second half after Northview dominated 38-18 on the boards in the first half.
With increased defensive pressure from the Panthers and poor shooting from the Knights, Riverton Parke would whittle away at the Northview lead until it was as few as 12 points in the fourth quarter. However, Northview would hold on despite hitting just two shots from the field in the third quarter.
One constant in the game, however, was the solid play of guard Casey Challandes who scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the game. "Casey (Challandes) is automatic hustle," commented Medworth. "She's been trying to cut down on her turnovers and increase her assists."
Despite constant double-teaming on Whitted in the post, the Knights were able to spread their scoring load around as five different players scored six or more points led by Challandes.
McCrea had seven points and added 12 rebounds while Lexee Hayes and Jennifer Gregg each had six points. Whitted finished with seven points and 18 rebounds in the contest to go with four blocks.
Northview (3-2 overall) will travel to Terre Haute South for a rematch with the Braves on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Northview 31, Riverton Parke 14
The Northview Knights evened their record at 1-1 with a 31-14 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night.
Kayla Harlan had seven points to lead the Knights and both Stephanie Plummer and Emma Koehler added six points apiece with Christy Fulk chipping in with four.
McCrea 3-10 1-2 7, Hayes 1-10 3-3 6, Gregg 2-9 2-5 6, Challandes 6-10 4-5 16, Whitted 3-6 1-3 7, Birkey 0-4 1-3 1, Fulk 0-1 2-2 2, Plummer 0-1 0-0 0, Spugnardi 2-7 1-2 5, Harlan 1-2 2-4 4. Totals: 18-60 17-29 55.
Riverton Parke (39)
Gravil 1-18 0-0 3, Brenton 2-8 1-2 5, Wheeler 5-14 6-8 16, Amerman 0-8 5-8 5, Cottrell 3-12 1-4 7, Campbell 1-5 1-2 3, Blake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 12-66 14-24 39.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 2-9 (Hayes 1-5, Spugnardi 1-1, Birkey 0-3), R.Parke 1-11 (Gravil 1-6, Brenton 0-2, Amerman 0-2, Wheeler 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Northview 63 (Whitted 18, McCrea 12, Challandes 7, Gregg 7), R.Parke 51 (Cottrell 10, Amerman 9). Total Fouls -- Northview 18, R.Parke 18. Turnovers -- Northview 14, R.Parke 9.