BLOOMFIELD -- After a loss to Plainfield on Tuesday night that halted a five game winning streak for Northview, the Knights were in need of a confidence boost heading into postseason play next Friday night.
They got just that in the hot shooting hand of sophomore guard Lexee Hayes on Thursday night versus Bloomfield.
Hayes hit six-of-seven 3-pointers in the game as part of her 22 point night as Northview handled the Cardinals 58-45 to end the regular season. The Knights also got double-digit efforts from Julie Whitted (19) and Laura McCrea (13) in posting their 14th victory of the season.
"(Lexee) can certainly add to our game," commented Northview coach Bob Medworth. "She's got to have that shooter's mentality. Tonight was a good night for her, but you'll have bad nights to, you just have to figure out what you need to do."
The Knights leapt out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter as Hayes hit a 3-pointer and a pair of two-point baskets and Whitted tallied three baskets of her own in just a few minutes of first quarter action as Brittney Spugnardi got the start.
Bloomfield senior Ashley Thombelson, averaging nearly 17 points per game, scored 10 points in the second quarter to boost the Cardinals back into the game as Bloomfield closed to within 29-22 at halftime.
In the second half the Knights held Thombelson to just three points and opened the half with a 7-0 run.
Hayes drilled her fifth 3-pointer of the game, her fifth straight in the game, to open the third quarter and Whitted answered with back-to-back baskets as Northview opened a 36-22 advantage.
But then it was Bloomfield freshman Lacy Bowersock who got hot from beyond the arc.
Bowersock made a defensive steal at halfcourt and scored on a layin and then followed with three consecutive 3-pointers as Bloomfield crept within 36-33. Bowersock scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half for the Cardinals. Bloomfield was within 38-35 with under two minutes to go and the Knights responded in kind.
With 1:19 remaining in the third quarter, Whitted scored underneath, drew the foul and completed the three-point play to cap the scoring in the quarter. In the final period the Knights scored on a Casey Challandes drive and followed with Hayes last 3-pointer of the game. Whitted scored once more to end a 12-0 run for the Knights.
Bloomfield would creep within seven points with two minutes remaining but the Knights finished on an 8-2 run to end the game.
"Team's get obsessed with Julie (Whitted)," commented Medworth. "If we can move the ball around and hit shots from the outside we're going to make teams have to defend harder."
In the junior varsity game the Knights earned a 40-29 victory.
The Knights (14-7) will get to test that theory a week from tonight when they open the Mooresville Sectional semifinal with a contest against the host Pioneers (14-6).
McCrea 5-10 2-3 13, Hayes 8-10 0-0 22, Gregg 0-3 0-1 0, Challandes 1-8 2-2 4, Spugnardi 0-2 0-0 0, Whitted 8-13 3-4 19. Totals: 22-46 8-12 58.
Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Bowersock 6-13 0-1 15, Stout 2-12 2-2 6, Thombelson 4-16 6-10 14, Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Gilliland 0-3 0-0 0, Brooke Myers 1-4 1-1 3, Britttany Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Veatch 0-0 2-2 2, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-52 13-20 45.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 7-9 (Hayes 6-7, McCrea 1-1, Gregg 0-1), Bloomfield 3-9 (Bowersock 3-6, Stout 0-3). Total Rebounds -- Northview 32 (Whitted 12), Bloomfield 31 (Thombelson 15). Total Fouls -- Northview 14, Bloomfield 13. Turnovers -- Northview 17, Bloomfield 14.