-Braves hit nine 3-pointers in win
The streak is over.
After defeating Terre Haute South three straight times, the Northview Knights finally got caught by the Braves.
South nailed five-of-six 3-pointers in the third quarter to break open a game that saw eight lead changes in the first half and held off Northview 59-47 on Saturday night.
For the first two quarters the two teams battled evenly despite the fact that Northview turned the ball over 14 times in 16 minutes of action. Meanwhile, South hit just eight of 28 shots in the first half while the Knights got 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers from sophomore Lexee Hayes. Northview would actually take a 27-26 lead into halftime as Laura McCrea scored with four seconds remaining in the half.
But the pivotal third quarter saw a lethal combination of the Braves hot shooting and Northview's shooting struggles.
Kara Kay opened the period with a 3-pointer followed by one from Brittany Butler to pull out to a 32-27 advantage before Northview junior Julie Whitted found the basket. But Butler knocked down another pair of trifectas along with one from Kay as part of a 15-4 run that essentially cemented the contest.
"We don't play well from behind," commented Northview coach Bob Medworth. "When we got down we had to run some defenses we're just not comfortable with right now."
While the Braves were red hot in the quarter, hitting seven-of-11 shots from the field, the Knights struggled to hit their open shots around the basket.
"We never did get our inside-outside game going," said Medworth. "It was either one or the other all night tonight."
In the final quarter, Northview got within 51-41 when Hayes knocked down her third 3-pointer of the game, but the Braves used the clock to their advantage and spread out the Knights' defense who were forced to chase South's guards and eventually foul in the waning moments.
The Knights got game-high totals of 15 points apiece from Hayes and Whitted, who also had 10 rebounds. Laura McCrea added 10 points while South was topped by 14 points apiece from Brooke Daugherty, Kay and Butler.
In the junior varsity game, Northview jumped out to a double digit first quarter lead and held off the Braves, 34-23.
The Knights got eight points from Traci Sanders and six from Stephanie Plummer in the victory. Hannah Hunter, Tara Crooks and Abby Birkey each had four and Emma Koehler had five. Both Birkey and Hunter had four rebounds apiece.
The Knights (3-3 overall) will get a 10 day break before squaring off with top-ranked Bloomington North on November 30 at home.