Northview's Kayla Raderstorf (#54) tallied 16 points against Riverton Parke on Monday.
Mother Nature gave Riverton Parke a break from their matchup against Northview back on Nov. 15 with a postponement due to a snow storm. However, the Knights made sure they didn't suffer any lapse in concentration after a win over Edgewood on Friday night.
Facing a big size disadvantage, the Panthers were mauled by an aggressive Northview defense and had no inside game in being hammered 81-20 by the Knights.
Northview subbed liberally throughout the game as evidenced by the fact that two of the top three scorers for the Knights were players off the bench.
Lexee Hayes got her outside stroke going in the first half, hitting four from long range as part of a 20 point night and Northview pounced on the Panthers early.
"We switched it up a little bit tonight," commented coach Bob Medworth. "Usually Lexee (Hayes) is on the same side as Julie (Whitted) but we moved her around tonight and got her some open looks and some of the '3's are a result of that."
With 6'5 senior center Julie Whitted patrolling the paint on the defensive end, the Panthers interior game went out the window quickly as Whitted blocked five shots in the first quarter. She would play limited minutes throughout the game, but her play on the defensive end helped Northview take a 20-3 lead through one quarter and 42-8 at the halftime break.
The Knights won this game with their defensive pressure and their offensive balance.
Typically Whitted takes on much of the offensive load, but in Monday's victory the Knights were able to score in transition and got other inside players involved.
Kayla Raderstorf came off the bench, after posting 10 points in the JV game, and deposited 16 big points on the Panthers on eight-of-nine shooting from the field.
"We didn't play Julie (Whitted) in the second quarter because we need other kids to start shooting the ball," said Medworth. "Yeah we could keep running the same play over and over to Julie but most of these kids will be here when she graduates and its good to see some of the other kids take charge."
Indeed, Whitted scored just 10 points in her limited minutes, hitting five-of-seven shots while pulling down six rebounds and blocking six shots. But Monday's victory was about spreading around the minutes to the non-starters and finding out how they can produce.
And produce they did.
Northview got 44 points from their bench, led by Raderstorf's 16. But the Knights also got 11 points and six boards from Spring Raines who worked very well with Abby Birkey, who didn't score on the night but made some nice passes in the game.
Traci Sanders who didn't see time in the JV victory, came off the bench in the waning minutes of the game to score seven and Hannah Hunter tallied six for the Knights. Stephanie Plummer added four in the win.
"(The bench) kept running our plays tonight," noted Medworth. "There has been some times this season when they come in and it gets sloppy, but tonight they did a good job of continuing to run the offense."
In fact, as Northview's starters departed for good in the fourth quarter, the bench scored the final 22 points of the game for the Knights who earned their second consecutive win heading into their Winter Break before a January 3 game versus Greencastle.
"Our bench did a good job tonight," noted Medworth. "It's good to get a game like this. Good for morale and it's good to see what (the bench) can do."
In the junior varsity game, Northview held Riverton Parke scoreless until there was just 2:38 left in the third quarter on the way to a 57-12 victory.
The Knights scored the first 44 points of the game as Stormi Raines scored 13, Erica Lee had 11, Hannah Hunter added 11 and Raderstorf had 10 in the victory.
The JV team will take part in the WIC Tourney beginning tonight at Owen Valley High School versus Sullivan at 5:30 p.m.
Northview 81, R.Parke 20
Riggen 2-12 0-0 5, Wood 0-3 0-2 0, Herzog 2-4 0-0 4, Adams 1-9 1-4 3, Campbell 2-8 0-0 4, Kite 2-3 0-0 4, Walton 0-1 0-0 0, Porter 0-1 0-0 0, Vincent 0-1 0-0 0, Edington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-42 1-6 20.
Hayes 7-16 0-0 20, Gregg 2-6 1-2 5, Fulk 0-1 0-0 0, Spugnardi 1-2 0-0 2, Whitted 5-7 0-0 10, Birkey 0-2 0-0 0, Sp. Raines 5-9 1-2 11, Raderstorf 8-9 0-0 16, Plummer 2-9 0-0 4, Sanders 2-4 3-4 7, Hunter 3-4 0-0 6, Crooks 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 35-71 5-8 81.
3-point fieldgoals -- RP 1-4 (Riggen 1-2, Herzog 0-1, Porter 0-1), NV 4-16 (Hayes 4-9, Gregg 0-2, Raines 0-3, Birkey 0-1, Spugnardi 0-1). Total Rebounds -- RP 25 (Adams 6), NV 45 (Whitted 6, Raines 6, Plummer 6). Total Fouls -- RP 6, NV 9. Turnovers -- RP 25, NV 9.