Stephanie Plummer (with the ball) battles for position with the Eagles' Kim Clark.
Third quarter doldrums have plagued Northview's girls basketball team of late, costing them a chance at victory versus Bloomington North. On Saturday night, the Knights held a seemingly comfortable 32-19 lead at halftime and were cruising behind a dominant first half from 6'5 center Julie Whitted.
But the Eagles came out and pressured the Northview guards in the backcourt and sophomore center Molly Fox combined with forward Kim Clark to rally the Eagles for a big third period.
Brown County would outscore the Knights 22-6 in the quarter, forcing eight Northview turnovers, to take a 41-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
"It's the third quarter blues," commented coach Bob Medworth of his team's struggles after halftime. "We still have the problem of relying too much on Julie (Whitted). We have plenty of other girls capable of scoring. We just have to get better."
But Whitted would come through for the Knights for 13 points in the final quarter and freshman guard Spring Raines knocked down four pressure free throws in the last minute to lead the comeback for a 57-51 Northview victory.
Whitted hit seven of her nine shot attempts in the first half as the Knights put together a solid lead. But in the third, Brown County coach Mike Harmon had Fox move out from the basket on the offensive end, in turn pulling Whitted out to guard her and opening space in the lane. The Eagles used that advantage to get eight points from Clark and six from Fox to turn the tables on the Knights.
In the fourth period, Whitted opened things up with a three point play to briefly tie the game before Fox and Clark answered with baskets to give the Eagles a 45-41 lead. Whitted would be the Knights sole offense late in the game, scoring four straight baskets for Northview in the final period. Her last one, coming off a rebound with 1:11 left gave the Knights a 51-49 lead. Following a Brown County turnover at the other end, Stephanie Plummer scored off the break on a pass from Raines.
Northview led 53-49 with just under a minute to play. Whitted would foul out at the other end with 46 seconds left, posting 27 points and 10 rebounds.
From there, Raines would take over to finish off the victory.
Clark got the Eagles back to within two at 53-51 on a pair of free throws on Whitted's final foul, but Brown County fouled Raines who calmly knocked both shots down and then capped off the game with another two.
"She's a freshman, she doesn't know enough to be scared out there," Medworth commented with a smile about Raines' pressure free throws at the end. "She's a player, she's got some good moves."
The victory improved the Knights' record to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the Western Indiana Conference.
Up next for Northview is a road trip Friday to West Vigo for a boy/girl doubleheader.
Brown County (51)
Patrick 1-4 1-4 4, Sheckles 5-7 3-6 14, Kemerly 1-6 0-0 2, Clark 5-12 5-7 15, Fox 7-18 0-0 14, Minor 1-5 0-0 2, Campbell 1-1 0-0 2, Fields 0-2 0-2 0. Totals: 21-55 10-20 51.
Hayes 3-8 1-3 7, Gregg 2-2 0-0 4, Fulk 1-3 0-0 2, Spugnardi 0-1 2-2 2, Whitted 12-19 3-3 27, Raines 1-4 7-10 9, Sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Plummer 3-5 0-0 6, Raderstorf 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 23-47 13-18 57.
3-point fieldgoals -- BC 3-8 (Patrick 1-3, Kemerly 1-2, Sheckles 1-1, Minor 0-2), Nv 0-3 (Hayes 0-3). Total Rebounds -- BC 31 (Clark 11, Fox 7), Nv 30 (Whitted 10, Fulk 6). Total Fouls -- BC 17, Nv18. Fouled out -- BC (Patrick, Fox), Nv (Whitted). Turnovers -- BC 22, Nv 27.