Northview freshman Spring Raines (right) drives to the basket for a hoop and is fouled by Clay City's Angie Camp. Raines had 24 points in the contest and Camp added four.
Too much size and too much Spring Raines was the formula for defeat for Clay City in a round two of the county battle between Northview and the Eels Tuesday night.
Raines tallied 24 points against the Eels in a 62-33 decision, but it was just as much her six steals, five assists and seven rebounds that sparked the Knights to the victory.
"(Raines) definitely played a good game," commented head coach Bob Medworth. "Our kids played a nice game tonight. Our assists were up and turnovers were down."
The Eels were battling evenly with the Knights in the early stages of the contest as Whitney McWilliams dropped in a 3-pointer and another basket and forward Sarah Kennedy added two to keep Clay City close.
But the Knights countered on both ends of the court with Raines, a 5'6 freshman, and 6'5 center Julie Whitted.
Raines got going quickly by driving the basket to put pressure on the Clay City guards and had seven first quarter points and seven in the second period to go with five steals.
"(Raines) does some nice things for them," commented Clay City coach Keith Jones. "She gives them a dimension they didn't have last year."
Whitted made a nice counter as well with Northview guards Lexee Hayes, Jennifer Gregg and Raines able to get the ball into the post for 10 first half points on five-of-seven shooting.
"We don't always see the kind of pressure that (Northview) shows you or the size they have," admitted Jones.
Northview was able to hold Clay City to just one-of-10 shooting from the field in the second quarter as the Knights cemented control of the contest.
When starting guard Jennifer Gregg got into foul trouble with her third foul, sophomore Traci Sanders came off the bench to nail both her 3-pointers in the second quarter and the Knights led 32-13 at the halftime break.
"Mentally we panicked," noted Jones. "We were having trouble executing and they did a nice job taking us out of our offense."
Northview's strong play continued after break as well and perhaps even stepped up a notch.
McWilliams knocked down a jumper for the Eels to open the half, but the Knights put the pedal down and got a basket in the paint from Whitted before Sanders, who started the second half, drilled another 3-pointer. Whitted banked home another shot for the Knights and Gregg scored off a pass from Raines on the break to force a timeout from the Eels. The 9-0 run by the Knights gave them a 41-15 advantage before Chelsea Riggs halted the run for the Eels with a score.
Riggs scored five of her six points in a brief span of the third quarter that helped counteract the Knights who six of Whitted's 18 points in the quarter and another five of Raines tallies.
Leading 50-23 heading into the final period, Whitted scored to open the period before sitting down the remainder of the game and Raines drilled a 3-pointer before sitting much of the rest of the game. Hayes added four of her six points in the game, two off a nice pick and pass from Abby Birkey and the Knights held the Eels at arms' length the rest of the way.
"We've got to put this game behind us," said Jones afterwards. "We have to get ready for Eastern (on Thursday). Mental toughness has to come. Bob does a nice job for them and I'm sure (Jon) Crooks has a lot to do with the team as well."
McWilliams led the Eels with 14 points with Riggs providing six and Kristen Tyler leading the way with five rebounds.
In the JV game, both squads controlled a pair of quarters, but Northview was able to hold on down the stretch for a 35-27 victory.
The Knights controlled the early going with a 15-6 outburst in the first period on a 3-pointer by Sanders and some early hoops from Kayla Raderstorf.
But the Eels rebounded to get within 19-13 at the halftime break, forcing an extended scoring drought by the Knights.
In the third period, the Knights ended the period on an 8-0 run sparked by a rebound basket from Hannah Hunter, a pair of breakaway baskets from Hunter, the second on a pass from Birkey, to lead 31-15.
Northview needed all those points as Mardi Steiner sparked the Eels with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter as part of her seven points and Emily Reed and Lydia Farmer each scored key baskets. Clay City narrowed the gap to six points before the Knights held on for the win.
Sanders led the Knights with nine, followed by Hunter and Raderstorf with eight. The Eels got seven apiece from Steiner, Reed and Farmer.
The Knights (10-6 overall) have a conference battle with Sullivan on Friday as part of a boy/girl doubleheader while the Eels (8-10 overall) take on Eastern at home on Thursday.
Clay City (33)
McWilliams 6-19 2-4 15, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Gerber 1-1 0-0 2, Riggs 2-2 2-4 6, Tyler 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy 1-8 1-2 3, Steiner 1-3 0-0 3, Camp 1-3 2-2 4, Reed 0-2 0-0 0, Reed 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 12-40 7-12 33.
Hayes 3-7 0-0 6, Gregg 2-3 0-0 4, Raines 7-11 8-9 24, Spugnardi 0-2 0-0 0, Whitted 9-11 0-0 18, Sanders 3-3 0-0 9, Birkey 0-0 0-1 0, Crooks 0-0 1-2 1, Raderstorf 0-1 0-2 0, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-42 9-16 62.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 2-12 (McWilliams 1-9, Steiner 1-3), NV 5-9 (Raines 2-4, Sanders 3-3, Hayes 0-2). Total Rebounds -- CC 19 (Tyler 5, Kennedy 4), NV 31 (Raines 7, Whitted 7). Total Fouls -- CC 13, NV 10. Turnovers -- CC 10, NV 10.