Spring Raines drives to the basket for two of her 14 points in Tuesday's win over Greencastle. Raines also had three rebounds and several steals in the game.
Coming back after the holidays, the Northview girls basketball team put together three strong defensive quarters and got enough offense to pull away from visiting Greencastle, 46-27 in the Knights' first game since Dec. 19.
Northview held the Tiger Cubs to just eight-of-38 (21 percent) shooting from the field and dominated the backboards to the tune of a 44-21 rebounding advantage. The Knights pulled away in the second quarter, getting seven points from 6'5 center Julie Whitted and another six from Spring Raines in her first start of the season. The pair enabled Northview to ring up 19 points to the Tiger Cubs six to take a 30-13 lead at the halftime break.
The matchup at center between Whitted and the Tiger Cubs 6'2 Kyrian Marshall never really materialized.
Whitted got off to a slow start on the offensive end but contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds while Marshall was held to just two points and four late rebounds though she played solid post defense on Whitted.
Greencastle's defense did hold the Knights to four-of-11 shooting in the first quarter as Northview held just an 11-7 advantage after one period. But it was the second quarter in which the Knights dominated the boards and effectively put the game out of reach.
Northview pulled down 13 rebounds and hit nine-of-18 shots from the field while holding Greencastle to just one-of-seven shooting in the quarter. The Knights got out to a 30-13 lead at the half and followed that up with a clinching third quarter.
Whitted hit all three of her shots in the third to go with another pair of baskets from Raines to lead by 22 after 24 minutes of action.
The fourth quarter was a bit sloppy for both squads with the Knights getting some time for their bench players but turning the ball over 11 times in the last eight minutes. Greencastle would close a bit on baskets by Lauren Robertson and Marshall, but hit only three-of-16 shots from the field in the final quarter to fall to 5-8 this season.
The Knights meanwhile won their third straight game and improved to 5-5 overall with a road trip to Owen Valley for a key boy/girl doubleheader on Friday evening.
In the junior varsity contest, Northview held the Tiger Cubs scoreless in the middle two quarters of a 35-4 victory.
Traci Sanders had 12 points and both Tara Crooks and Kayla Raderstorf added six points in the victory.
Northview 46, Greencastle 27
Fisher 0-0 1-2 1, Robertson 4-13 2-6 11, Alspaugh 0-1 0-1 0, Marshall 1-8 0-1 2, Masten 2-5 5-11 9, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Weatherford 1-9 2-3 4, Grivas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 8-38 10-24 27.
Hayes 2-8 0-1 5, Sp.Raines 6-15 2-4 14, Spugnardi 3-4 0-2 6, Raderstorf 2-2 0-0 4, Fulk 0-0 0-0 0, Whitted 7-10 1-1 15, Birkey 0-0 0-0 0, Sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Hunter 0-0 0-0 0, Crooks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-45 3-8 46.
3-point fieldgoals -- GC 1-7 (Robertson 1-4, Weatherford 0-2, Alspaugh 0-1), NV 1-11 (Hayes 1-5, Raines 0-4, Sanders 0-2). Total Rebounds -- GC 21 (Marshall 4), NV 44 (Whitted 14, Hayes 6, Spugnardi 5). Total Fouls -- GC 12, NV 20. Fouled out -- NV (Spugnardi, Fulk). Turnovers -- GC 14, NV 25.