With a six game road trip to end the regular season, a victory on Senior Night was an imperative for the Northview Knights on Tuesday evening.
Though they had their hands full with the visiting Danville Warriors, the Knights were able to prevail down the stretch for a 47-36 victory. The win was the sixth in their last seven contests for Northview.
Northview dominated in the first half with a solid inside/outside game.
Julie Whitted scored 12 points and blocked four shots with senior Laura McCrea adding seven points. Jennifer Gregg nailed two first quarter 3-pointers as Northview opened up a 29-16 lead at halftime.
The Knights extended their lead to 35-18 in the early stages of the third quarter as Whitted scored twice and McCrea pulling down a rebound and getting the putback.
But the Warriors wouldn't go away.
Danville began applying press to Northview's guards at the halfcourt and were able to force six turnovers over the remaining minutes of third quarter. With the Knights struggling to take care of the ball the Warriors got a jumper from Sammy Sisk and Mak Leath hit a 3-pointer with Theresa Fairbrother scoring to complete an 8-0 run before Whitted scored on a putback to give the Knights a 47-36 lead. "We tried to get an inside/outside game going," said Northview coach Bob Medworth. "But we got into a habit of trying to force the ball inside every time to Julie (Whitted)."
The Knights traded a pair of Whitted baskets around hoops from Bess and Fairbrother, who scored a team-high 19 for the Warriors. Leading 41-31 the Knights began to scuffle with the Danville pressure once again.
Fairbrother would nail a 3-pointer to close the gap to 41-34 and a Northview turnover resulted in a Byrdwell basket as Danville got within 41-36. The Knights would turn the ball over once again, one of 15 Northview turnovers in the second half, but the Warriors couldn't score again. Whitted pulled down one of her 15 rebounds, nine in the fourth period and senior Casey Challandes scored for the Knights to extend their lead. The Knights would hold off the Warrior rally and finish on a 6-0 run for the victory.
The Northview seniors, McCrea and Challandes, combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Knights. "It's sad to see them go," said Medworth afterward. "Their freshman year was my first year and it wasn't pretty sometimes. (The coaching staff) wasn't always organized, but give (McCrea and Challandes) credit for sticking through it."
The Knights (9-6 overall) will travel to Owen Valley tonight for a boy/girl doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.
Bess 1-7 0-2 2, Byrdwell 1-9 2-4 4, Stoneking 2-9 2-4 6, Fairbrother 8-21 0-0 19, Sisk 1-6 0-0 2, Leath 1-3 0-0 3, Bess 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-56 4-8 36.
McCrea 4-7 1-2 9, Hayes 1-10 2-2 4, Gregg 2-3 0-2 6, Challandes 2-4 0-0 4, Whitted 11-17 2-4 24, Plummer 0-0 0-0 0, Fulk 0-0 0-0 0, Spugnardi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-42 5-10 47
3-point fieldgoals -- Danville 4-13 (Fairbrother 3-7, Leath 1-1, Bess 0-3, Sisk 0-2), Northview 2-8 (Gregg 2-2, Hayes 0-5, McCrea 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Danville 27 (Stoneking 6), Northview 38 (Whitted 15, McCrea 6, Challandes 5). Total Fouls -- Danville 10, Northview 11. Turnovers -- Danville 13, Northview 23.