- No. 10 Knights and No. 16 Cougars go to sixth scores -
On Tuesday night the Northview girls golf team got a dose of what the postseason pressure will be like when they hosted 16th-ranked Bloomington North at Forest Park Golf Course.
The Knights, ranked 10th in the state, went toe-to-toe with the larger school Cougars and the battle did not disappoint.
Northview and Bloomington North went down to the wire but the Cougars took the decision on the basis of their sixth golfer's score.
Through the first four golfers, the Knights had a four stroke advantage as Amy Thiemann carded a medalist score of 37 followed by a 39 by Brittney Cheek, a 42 by Millie Akers and Kelsey Smith shot a 43. The total of 161 lead the Cougars tally of 165 as Amy Stafford shot a 38 followed by a 40 from Kiley Jarrett, a 41 from Manisha Patel and a 46 from Kavita Patel.
However, Bloomington North's No. 5 golfer, Annie Walters came through with a score of 42 to give the Cougars a best-four golfers score of 161 to tie the Knights.
The tie-breaker then went to the fifth best score for each squad which was Patel's 46 for Bloomington and Maggie Kirchner's 46 for the Knights. So the scoring then progressed to the sixth best score for each side which went to the Cougars on the strength of Cassie Scott's 49 over Amber Trusler's 53.
"That's the closest match I've been involved in as a coach," said Northview's Teresa Akers afterwards. "I've talked to the girls about how important everyone's score is all the way down to the No. 5 and No. 6 golfers and tonight was a good example."
"I was really pleased with the composure that the girls played with tonight," commented Akers. "We had a couple of bad breaks tonight but Maggie Kirchner had a great round tonight but the most impressive thing was all the fans that came out to see us tonight," noted Akers. "Bloomington North's coach said he'd seen nothing like it and that means a lot to have a lot of fans who support us."
Despite just the second dual meet loss of the season for the Knights (10-2 overall), Northview celebrated Senior Night for Kelsey Smith and Amy Theimann.
The junior varsity were lead by Erica Tucker's 42 followed by Madason Kirchner's 43 and Jenae Huffman's 48. Madason Stevenson had a 49 while Abby Smith added a 54 and Kayla Cooper carded a 63.
The Knights will face Edgewood, Owen Valley and West Vigo at Forest Park this evening before heading into sectional play on Saturday at Sullivan.