|GREENCASTLE||-- The Northview Knights seem to be hitting stride at just the right time of the year.|
After opening the year 3-5, the Northview girls have now run off four consecutive wins, the most recent, perhaps the most impressive.
Coming off an 18 day break without a game, the Knights gave previously 10-3 Greencastle a convincing 48-31 thumping on their home court on Tuesday night. The Tiger Cubs had lost only to ranked teams coming into last evening's contest. Greencastle had lost only to South Putnam (4th in Class A) and twice in a recent holiday tourney to Lebanon (2nd in 3A) and Twin Lakes (15th in Class 3A). The three teams hold a combined 34-2 mark this year.
Add Northview to that list on perhaps their most balanced effort all year.
"Everyone seemed involved in the game tonight," said Northview coach Bob Medworth. "We did a lot better passing the ball tonight. When you have to stop more than just one player it makes it a lot tougher on teams."
That player that Medworth referred to is 6'5 junior center Julia Whitted who, while posting a game-high 16 points, was perhaps most valuable on the defensive end where she held Greencastle senior Jordan Robertson to just four-of-17 shooting and eight points.
The talented 5-11 forward typically is a handful for any team, but Whitted and the Northview interior players forced her out of her comfort zone, pushing her away from the basket and denying her the ball inside.
"I think Julia intimidated (Robertson) a little bit," noted Medworth. "We knew we couldn't allow her to get the ball and face the basket. (Robertson) is a good player."
Defense paced Northview, along with key shots and patience on both ends of the court.
The Knights didn't allow Greencastle to shoot more than 30 percent in any quarter and held them to just 22 percent (12-of-55) from the field for the game.
Northview jumped to a 20-10 lead at the half as Laura McCrea posted four points and four rebounds. But all five starters scored, including eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
The third quarter provided the pivotal spurt for the Knights however as Laura McCrea started a 13-3 run that ended the period to put Northview up 36-17 as Lexee Hayes drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Included within was excellent passing for several easy layins for the Knights.
In the fourth period, the Tiger Cubs clawed their way back within 36-26 as Megan Call provided a 3-pointer and another basket while Hannah Fenlon and Lauren Robertson added two points apiece.
But Brittney Spugnardi halted the streak with a 3-point play with 4:46 remaining and the Knights finished the game on a 12-5 run for their seventh victory this year.
The Knights (7-5 overall) will travel to Owen Valley for the first game in a boy/girl doubleheader on Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.
McCrea 3-6 0-0 6, Hayes 3-9 1-3 9, Gregg 2-7 2-2 7, Challandes 1-2 3-4 5, Whitted 7-10 2-3 16, Spugnardi 2-2 1-1 5, Plummer 0-1 0-0 0, Birkey 0-0 0-2 0, Harlan 0-2 0-0 0, Fulk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-39 7-12 48.
Fenlon 2-4 0-0 4, J.Robertson 4-17 0-2 8, Alspaugh 1-3 2-2 4, Marshall 0-4 0-0 0, Masten 2-10 1-2 6, L.Robertson 0-5 2-2 2, Call 3-12 0-0 7, Hennette 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-55 5-8 31.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 3-10 (Hayes 2-7, Gregg 1-3), Greencastle 2-14 (Masten 1-6, Call 1-4, Fenlon 0-2, L.Robertson 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Northview 33 (Whitted 11, McCrea 5), Greencastle 35 (J.Robertson)*. Total Fouls -- Northview 14, Greencastle 15. Turnovers -- Northview 13, Greencastle 12.
JV Game -- Northview won