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Defense spurs Northview girls to victory

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Laura McCrea (#10) goes up for two of her game-high 23 points.

The Northview Knights served notice to upcoming opponents on Tuesday night that their offense is becoming a sort of 'pick your poison' proposition during a four game winning streak that was extended to five with a win over Cascade, 61-33.

Typically relying on the double-double points/rebound averages of 6'5 junior Julie Whitted. But on Tuesday, the Knights got a season-high 23 points from senior Laura McCrea along with eight points from Jennifer Gregg to post a comfortable victory.

Cascade stayed close to Northview in the first half by hitting four 3-pointers, trailing just 29-24.

But then the Knights put the defensive clamps on the Cadets.

Northview held Cascade to just one field goal in the third quarter while opening the half with an 8-0 to extend their advantage to 37-24 as Whitted scored a basket and two free throws and McCrea posted a pair of hoops in the run. The Cadets missed their first six shots of the period.

"In the first half we were giving them too much space on the perimeter and they hit some 3-pointers, but at halftime we made some adjustments and brought Julie (Whitted) out," said Northview coach Bob Medworth.

The adjustment in the 2-3 zone forced the Cadets into just 17 percent shooting (four-of-23) from the field in the second half as Northview pulled away for the win.

McCrea was a big reason for the Knights' dominance on the inside, pulling down seven of Northview's 42 rebounds compared to just 31 for the Cadets.

"(McCrea's) playing so well recently," said Medworth. "She's rebounding, getting steals, she's great right now."

In the second half, McCrea was perfect from the field, scoring 10 points on perfect, five-of-five shooting, as Northview extended their lead.

In the first half, Jennifer Gregg tallied all eight of her points in the second quarter as Northview hit five-of-eight shots from the field to extend their lead to five at halftime.

Cascade scored just two points in the third period and just seven in the fourth period while Northview got four points apiece from McCrea, Stephanie Plummer and Kayla Harlan to close out the victory.

"This should give our guards some confidence tonight," said Medworth. "I don't think we've peaked yet. We've come a long way since some of our early stretches this year."

The Knights improve to 8-5 overall this season and will host Martinsville beginning at 6 p.m.

In junior varsity action the Knights won 25-13 as Kayla Harlan scored 11 points and Krista Stearley added four for Northview who improved to 7-4 overall.

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