The Northview Knights gave an injury riddled Bloomington North squad all they could handle on the road Tuesday night, but in the end were unable to finish off the Cougars in a 45-43 defeat.
The Knights came out firing with Spring Raines and Lexee Hayes combining for four straight 3-pointers opening the second quarter. Northview led 22-15 at the time and would eventually extend that lead to 31-22, but went nearly 12 minutes without a fieldgoal in the second half.
Despite the dry spell, the Knights still had a shot at victory against a North team that beat Northview 65-23 last season.
Northview took a 41-40 advantage with two minutes remaining when Jennifer Gregg drilled a 3-pointer and extended the lead when Raines drove in for a layup following a Cougar turnover. But North's Lori Whitaker got free from the top of the arc with just 1:13 remaining to nail a 3-pointer of her own, one of six in the game for her. The shot tied the game and set up a frenzied ending.
The Knights missed a jumper on their trip down the court and on the return trip down the court, 6'2 sophomore Alex Guyton got free and knocked down a jumper with 20 seconds left to give the Cougars the edge. The Knights got two more looks at the basket but couldn't get the tie.
Julie Whitted had 16 points, six rebounds and five blocks for the Knights. Raines had 14 points, including four 3-pointers for Northview.
Up next for the Knights (1-4 overall) is a 5 p.m. game on Saturday with visiting Brown County as part of a boy/girl doubleheader.
Bloomington North 45, Northview 43
At Bloomington North