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Defense spurs Northview girls to victory

Monday, December 20, 2004

The Northview Knights clamped down their defense versus visiting Edgewood on Friday night and eased away for a 46-21 conference victory.

The Knights allowed 11 points to Edgewood in the first quarter, but allowed just 10 points over the final three periods and held the Mustangs to just 20 percent (9-of-45) shooting from the field for the game.

Northview also held leading scorer Jessica Porter without a point on 0-for-14 shooting in the game and frontline counterpart, Julie Whitted, nearly posted a triple-double for the Knights despite sitting out much of the fourth period.

"Our defense is getting better," commented Northview coach Bob Medworth. "It shows the kids what defense can do. We went stretches last week in practice where our offense couldn't even score on them."

The Mustangs didn't have any luck either starting in a second quarter in which they missed all 11 shots from the field and scored just four points from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Northview picked up their offense as Whitted scored four of her 12 points in the game and Lexee Hayes drilled a 3-pointer as the Knights took a 23-15 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Northview defense intensified, holding Edgewood to two-of-11 shooting and the Knights forced four turnovers as they opened the half with an 11 point run to a 34-15 lead. The Mustangs didn't score their first point of the half until just 53 seconds remained.

Meanwhile, Whitted was dominating Porter inside, pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking seven shots, five of them were Porter's.

The Knights didn't let up in the closing minutes of the game as their reserves helped hold Edgewood to just one fieldgoal in the final quarter on the way to the victory.

The Mustangs were just three-of-32 from the field in the last three quarters of play.

"Jennifer (Gregg) and Lexee (Hayes) are learning to become more comfortable with the offense and we're making better decisions. We're seeing some players play with good heads on their shoulders."

The Knights also got balanced scoring as four players had nine or more points in the game that moved Northview to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the WIC with their next game at Greencastle on Jan. 4.

Northview (46)

McCrea 3-7 3-4 9, Hayes 3-8 1-2 10, Gregg 4-11 1-2 9, Challandes 2-6 0-0 4, Whitted 5-9 2-4 12, Plummer 0-4 1-2 1, Spugnardi 0-2 0-0 0, Harlan 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 17-49 9-16 46.

Edgewood (21)

Whaley 1-5 0-1 2, Holmes 2-7 1-2 5, Burton 1-3 0-0 3, Brown 1-7 0-0 3, Porter 0-14 0-2 0, Copas 1-4 0-0 2, Sipes 0-1 0-0 0, Moynihan 1-2 0-0 2, Adams 0-2 4-6 4. Totals: 6-45 5-11 21.

Northview1013158-- 46
Edgewood11442-- 21

3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 3-10 (Hayes 3-9, Gregg 0-1), Edgewood 2-13 (Brown 1-5, Salyers 0-1, Copas 0-3, Adams 0-1, Burton 1-3). Total Rebounds -- Northview 37 (Whitted 14, McCrea 6), Edgewood 23 (Holmes 9). Total Fouls -- Northview 11, Edgewood 9. Turnovers -- Northview 10, Edgewood 16.

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