Left: Julie Whitted goes up for a basket over Terre Haute South's Jayme Keyes on Saturday.
Right: Spring Raines (#24) goes up for a jumper during Saturday's game against Terre Haute South.
TERRE HAUTE -- Battling for a berth in the WTHI Clabber Girl Classic championship game, the Northview Knights couldn't sustain any offensive continuity against an aggressive Terre Haute South defense in a morning semifinal loss 76-49 to the Braves.
South would have an off shooting game on Saturday, unfortunately for Northview it wasn't against them.
The Braves would nail an eyebrow raising 13-of-31 3-pointers against the Knights in the semi, but would come back in the title game to hit just one-of-18 in the first half of a 68-58 loss to Terre Haute North.
"(South) shot the ball well from the 3-point line," admitted Northview head coach Bob Medworth. "But you can do that when we don't get out and guard them."
The Knights basically had to pick their poison against a South squad that did a great job finishing off their plays in the paint and when Northview collapsed back to guard the interior, the Braves were lights out from 3-point land. The Braves hit eight from long range in the first half as every time the Knights made a little run, South answered with a big perimeter shot.
Northview trailed 12-3 in the early going before making a run to get within one, but the Braves would score another six points to lead 18-12 through one quarter. In the second period, the Braves held the Knights to three-of-12 shooting from the field as they pulled away to a 38-21 advantage at the halftime break.
"We did a lot of things right in the game," commented Medworth. "But anytime we did something wrong, (South) took advantage of it."
The Knights Julie Whitted, who made the All-Tournament Team, was the only consistent offensive threat for the Knights, scoring 23 points and pulling down 13 boards, but the remainder of the team hit just 33 percent (18-of-54) from the field. South meanwhile has a variety of weapons with their balanced offense, putting five players in the scoring column with seven or more points.
In the second half, the Knights played South tough, getting within 38-28 early in the third quarter as Spring Raines knocked down a 3-pointer followed a pair of baskets from Whitted. But once more, it was the long shot that killed the Northview hopes as Megan Craft and Brittney Butler hit 3-pointers and after a Jennifer Gregg steal and score, the Braves closed the quarter with an 11-1 run to take a 57-34 lead into the final quarter.
Despite the setback, Northview's Medworth saw some positives from his squad.
"I think we took care of the ball better than against Mooresville, overall our ball-handling has improved a lot. Abby Birkey hustled like I've never seen her and if she gets her shots to fall she's going to be impressive and Lexee (Hayes) took care of the ball better too."
Craft led the Braves in the game with 15 points with Raines second in scoring for Northview with nine points and Birkey added five assists and three steals.
The All-Tournament Team consisted of MVP Samantha Meissel of Terre Haute North who had 13 points in the title game, South's Kara Kay, Fountain Central's Kelsey Everett and Owen Valley's Sam Stahl who had 23 points, 15 rebounds and eight steals in an afternoon game against South Vermillion.
Up next for Northview (1-2 overall) will be a Tuesday home game against Riverton Parke at 6 p.m. beginning with the JV game.