Winning streaks don't often happen against Terre Haute South, but the Northview Knights will look to build on a three game streak tonight when they travel to Vigo County.
The Northview girls got their first win of the season on Nov. 12 in their opening round contest of the Hi-99 Clabber Girl Classic versus the Braves. That victory marked the third consecutive time that the Knights had beaten South.
Last year the Knights also won their first game against the Braves in the Clabber Girl Tourney with a 52-51 nailbiter on their way to winning the tournament. This season's tourney win was no exception to what has become a thrilling series of late.
Center Julie Whitted hit a game-winning, buzzer beating, jumper from just beyond the free throw line to knock off the Braves. The shot was made possible when Casey Challandes rebounded Whitted's missed free throw attempt with just seconds remaining in the game. The result was a 62-60 Northview win and the third straight decision by four points or fewer.
In this year's contest, the Knights got a game-high 23 points from Whitted to go with six rebounds and two blocks and Challandes added 15 points, seven boards and a pair of steals.
Undoubtedly the Braves will be chomping at the bit to put a halt to their losing streak when the Knights come calling tonight.
In order to add a fourth straight win in the ledger, the Knights will need to put the clamps on the outside shooting of Brittany Butler who rang up 19 points and hit five 3-pointers versus the Knights. Mallory Kraly will also be a big factor in the game after posting 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first game.
Northview will have to improve on their rebounding across the board after being a bit passive in the paint during the second half of Tuesday's game against Riverton Parke. The Knights showed how dominant they can be in the first half of the game versus the Panthers, drilling them 41 to 23 on the boards when both teams struggled with their shooting.
Tonight, Northview will need to shoot better from the perimeter to help open up the paint for Whitted and Laura McCrea to do their work. Freshman Abby Birkey along with Lexee Hayes and Challandes have shown the range, but need to hit for a higher percentage to keep South honest.
If the Knights can limit their turnovers and take the Braves out of the game early, Northview could certainly add a fourth straight victory over their Vigo County rivals and take a huge confidence building win into a home showdown with top-ranked Bloomington North after the holidays.
Clay City vs. Barr-Reeve
The Clay City Eels hope to get on the winning track this evening when they take on the Barr-Reeve Vikings in their home opener.
The Eels dropped the first game of season 58-57 on the road to Tri-River Conference foe Eminence. The Vikings will be playing their first contest of the season when they visit Clay City.
Last season Clay City downed the Vikings 50-43 as Sarah Kennedy tallied 13 points and Whitney McWilliams added 11 in a balanced scoring effort for the Eels.
Seven different Clay City players scored in the contest with Cameron Gerber adding nine, Kasi Thatcher contributing seven, Bryleigh Schopmeyer added five and Heather Johnson added four. All but Thatcher return this year for Clay City.
In the season opener for the Eels, McWilliams rang up 27 points, including five 3-pointers, but had just one point in the final quarter. Schopmeyer dropped 18 on Eminence, but Clay City couldn't overcome a slow start in the opening quarter.
The junior varsity game will tipoff tonight at 6 p.m.