Julie Whitted (#55) looks for an open teammate in Friday's victory over Edgewood. Whitted had 27 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
- Whitted tallies 27 in victory
ELLETSVILLE -- The Northview Lady Knights notched an important conference win Friday night, dispatching the Edgewood Lady Mustangs at Elletsville.
The 53-36 victory improved Northview's record to 3-5 on the season. The Lady Knights recorded the road win against an inexperienced Edgewood team-- the Mustangs started three freshmen and two juniors, while the Knights' starting lineup included four seniors. But the young Mustangs regularly beat Northview's players to the ball, and Knights coach Bob Medworth was not pleased to see his team outhustled.
"Edgewood's young kids got to a lot of those loose balls, the bouncing-around rebounds," he said. "We didn't pick up as many as we should have."
Knights center Julia Whitted set the tone early for Northview, pouring in eight points as the Knights cruised to a 17-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. Whitted scored 27 total points, accounting for more than half of Northview's offense in the game. That statistic worries Medworth, who said he hopes to add dimension to his offense as the season progresses.
"We love Julia, but we have to be able to score without her," he said.
Edgewood (1-9) never held a lead in the contest, but the Colts challenged the Knights at the mid-point of the first quarter. Lights-out shooting by Edgewood freshman guard Lauren Kalb narrowed the Northview lead to one with 1:30 to play in the first. But the Knights responded, posting a 12-0 scoring run lasting well into the second quarter.
Edgewood went cold in the second, as the Mustangs shot 4-of-13 from the field and turned the ball over seven times. Whitted continued to drain short jumpers, propelling Northview to an 11-point, 29-18 half-time lead.
The Knights got into foul trouble early in the third quarter, racking up seven fouls and sending the Mustangs to the foul line. Edgewood drained five of six free throw attempts in the third, but failed to make significant headway against a growing Northview lead. Lexee Hayes hit a three-pointer with 1:28 to play in the third, giving the Knights a 14-point advantage. Edgewood went quietly in the fourth, scoring just seven points in the final quarter as Northview coasted to the win.
Whitted led the Knights with a 27-point performance, followed by freshman Spring Raines with 13 and junior Lexee Hayes with five.
The Knights will be back in action on Monday with a makeup game against Riverton Parke beginning at 6 p.m.
Hayes 2-7 0-1 5, Gregg 0-3 2-2 2, Fulk 0-1 0-0 0, Spugnardi 1-2 2-3 4, Whitted 13-22 1-2 27, Birkey 0-1 0-3 0, Raines 5-8 2-2 13, Plummer 1-4 0-0 2, Raderstorf 0-0 0-1 0, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-48 7-14 53
Kalb 5-9 0-1 12, Holmes 1-4 6-6 8, Cage 0-3 0-0 0, Duncan 5-8 1-2 11, Schutte 1-11 2-2 4, Moynihan 0-5 1-2 1, McNeely 0-2 0-0 0, Sipes 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 12-42 10-15 36
3-point field goals-- NV 2-7 (Raines 1-2, Hayes 1-3, Birkey 0-1, Gregg 0-1), Edgewood 2-10 (Kalb 2-5, Moynihan 0-1, Schutte 0-1, Cage 0-2). Total Rebounds-- NV 29 (Whitted 8), Edgewood 33 (Holmes 10).