CLAYTON -- The Northview Knights got more than their fifth straight victory Tuesday night at Cascade High School.
The Knights got a double-double from freshman Spring Raines, good shooting and hustle from Lexee Hayes and a steady minutes off the bench from backup center Stephanie Plummer during the 54-44 non-conference win over Cascade's Cadets.
Raines scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, passed out two assists and made three steals.
"A double-double for a freshman guard and one of them is rebounds.
That's something," Northview coach Bob Medworth said.
And Raines scored 11 of those points when the Knights needed them most -- with Julia Whitted on the bench in foul trouble.
Whitted scored 20 of her game-high 22 points for Northview in the second half after sitting out 11 minutes and 38 seconds of the first and second quarters with two fouls.
Raines scored half of her game-total 16 points in the first quarter to give the Knights a 14-10 lead. But Cascade was in the middle of a 9-0 run when the period ended and took a 16-14 lead with 6:16 left in the second stanza.
"We talked about putting Julia back in. I said to John [Crooks, assistant coach], 'Well if we don't get down by 10 [points] here this is going to be good for us, to force us to dig through this without Julia.'
Because when you've got Julia in there it's so easy to rely on her for so much," Medworth said.
That's when Hayes stepped up with eight points on a pair of 3-pointers and a deuce at the buzzer to give the Knights a 29-24 halftime edge.
"Lexee Hayes shoots the well and takes care of the ball. Lexee Hayes is one of the ones that plays as hard as we want everybody to play," Medworth said.
The second half the Knights made it very clear they were going inside to their 6-foot-5 center. Whitted took 10 of Northview's 19 shots from the floor in the second half, as the Knights got her ball within arm's reach of the net.
"Plummer did a great job feeding Julia there at the end. [The Knights] did a great job getting it to her then," Medworth said.
Cascade, who held the ball for a motionless 90 seconds to open the second half, never backed off defensively. Northview's 14 turnovers against the Cadets bothered Medworth.
"Just when we were ready to take control of the game, we turn the ball over. And most of the time we turned the ball over unforced," the coach said.
And now Northview puts its five-game winning streak on the line at Martinsville, a potential sectional opponent, Thursday night.
"We got to play better against Martinsville [Thursday night] or we're going to get run out of the gym. Cascade is a good team, though," Medworth said.
Northview's junior varsity is 8-4 after a 41-22 win over Cascade. Kayla Raderstorf led the Knights with 16 points.
Northview (54) -- Spugnardi 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 3-9 0-1 8, Whitted 11-12
0-0 22, Raines 5-13 3-4 16, Gregg 1-5 2-2 4, Plummer 2-3 0-0 4, Fulk
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-42 FG, 5-7 FT, 54 TP.
Cascade (44) -- Smith 4-13 0-1 8, Stewart 2-5 1-1 6, Nease 5-8 3-4 13,
Arnold 3-5 1-2 7, Miller 4-14 0-0 10, English 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-46
FG, 5-8 FT, 44 TP
3 Pt. Goals: Nv 5-8 (Raines 3-4, Hayes 2-4), Cas 3-10 (Miller 2-6,
Stewart 1-3, Smith 0-1). Total fouls: Nv 8, Cas 10. Fouled out: None.
Technical fouls: None. Rebounds: Nv 33 (Raines 12, Gregg 9), Cas 16
(Nease 6). Steals: Nv 5 (Raines 3, Plummer 2), Cas 5 (Smith 2). Assists: N
10 (Spugnardi, Plummer, Raines, Gregg 2), Cas 2. Turnovers: Nv 14, Cas
9. JV game: Northview 41 (Kayla Raderstorf 16), Cascade 22 (Cassie
Next game -- Northview (7-5, 3-0 in WIC) travels to Martinsville on
Thursday Cascade (6-7 2-1 in WCC) will host Cloverdale (6-7, 0-1 in WCC)