Top left: Northview Girls Athletic Director, Jan Gambill (left) presents Julie Whitted with a game ball following her 1,000th career point.
Top right: Northview forward Stephanie Plummer (#32) goes up for a shot as Terre Haute South's Mallory Kraly goes for the block.
Bottom: Spring Raines looks up court during Saturday's game against Terre Haute South. Raines had 18 points and added five steals for the Knights.
The early season has been quite a rollercoaster for the Northview girls basketball team. The Knights have faced a brutal early schedule, facing off with an always tough Mooresville squad and after cruising to an easy win over South Vermillion, playing back-to-back matchups with Terre Haute South.
It's not often you have to play two straight games against a chief rival, but that's exactly the task the Knights were faced with on Saturday evening. After the Braves hammered the Knights by a 76-49 score in the semifinals of the Clabber Girl Classic, Northview showed that they've come quite some distance since then.
Northview led by nine points in the second quarter and trailed by just two at halftime before the Braves put together a 27 point third period to get past the Knights 70-56.
"We didn't show as much patience as we should have in the third quarter," commented Knights' head coach Bob Medworth. "We're getting closer and taking care of the ball better."
The Knights put together some of their best basketball of the season in stretches on Saturday.
Christy Fulk had four of her six points in the first period and did a good job of finishing off some turnovers and Lexee Hayes knocked down a pair of first period 3-pointers.
"Christy (Fulk) is showing some smarts around the basket," commented Medworth.
Stephanie Plummer knocked down a pair of free throws in the second quarter and Spring Raines helped spark a second quarter run that put the Knights ahead by nine points before the half.
But the Braves would respond by forcing a couple of turnovers and converting them into points. Megan Craft drilled a 3-pointer and another basket in a short stretch to give the Braves a two point lead at the break.
Unfortunately for the Knights, they got off to a slow start in the third quarter and the Braves heated up behind two more 3-pointers from Craft, five points from freshman Krista Smith and four apiece from both Brittany Butler and Dragana Grbic.
Northview would fall behind as much as 18 points early in the fourth quarter as they hit 11-of-17 shots from the field in the third quarter. But the Knights weren't going away quietly.
Spring Raines provided the catalyst as she hit a pair of free throws after being fouled on a drive to the hoop. Jennifer Gregg followed with a basket for the Knights and Raines knocked down a transition 3-pointer followed with a drive in the paint. Plummer capped off an 11-2 run for the Knights that got them within 57-48.
From there however, the Braves regrouped and answered with a 7-1 run to pull away for the victory.
"We did too many little things wrong," noted Medworth. "They capitalized on every mistake. . .maybe we got tired. Their five-for-five switches probably worked on us too."
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives in the game, including for Julie Whitted who became the first girl in school history to score 1,000 points for her career as part of a 10 point, 14 rebound night.
Raines had a team-high 18 points in the victory and Hayes added another 10 for the Knights who are now 1-3 overall and will take on Bloomington North on November 29 in a road game.
In the junior varsity contest, the Knights got off to a huge first quarter advantage, outscoring the Braves 18-2 and led 27-15 at the halftime break.
Northview put the game away in the third quarter, holding the Braves scoreless while running out to a 30 point lead. The Knights would go on to take a 48-25 victory over the visiting Braves.
Traci Sanders had a big game for the Knights, ringing up 17 points and Hannah Hunter added another eight along with Erica Lee.
T.H. South (70)
Swain 1-5 0-0 2, Daugherty 2-6 3-7 7, Kraly 1-2 0-2 2, Craft 7-14 0-0 18, Butler 2-8 0-1 5, Johnson 3-9 2-4 8, Grbic 4-9 2-6 10, Kay 2-3 0-1 4, Keyes 0-0 0-0 0, Finch 0-2 1-2 1, Rector 2-5 2-4 6. Totals: 27-70 11-28 70.
Hayes 4-6 0-0 10, Fulk 3-3 0-0 6, Spugnardi 1-2 0-0 2, Gregg 2-11 1-3 5, Whitted 4-11 2-4 10, Birkey 0-1 0-0 0, Plummer 1-4 3-6 5, Raines 5-10 7-8 18. Totals: 20-48 13-21 56.
3-point fieldgoals -- THS 5-27 (Craft 4-10, Butler 1-5, Smith 0-3, Finch 0-2, Swain 0-4, Daugherty 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Rector 0-1), Northview 3-10 (Hayes 2-4, Raines 1-2, Gregg 0-4). Total Rebounds -- THS 52 (Grbic 10, Smith 8), Northview 44 (Whitted 14, Plummer 8). Total Fouls -- THS 20, Northview 25.