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Knights kick off season with scrimmage

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Spring Raines brings the ball up the court during Thursday's scrimmage.

Times Sports Editor

The Northview girls' basketball team got a chance to show off their stuff in front of their fans on Thursday night with a scrimmage.

The varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams all got the chance to hit the courts, playing in different combinations against each other.

With four 10 minute quarters opening the scrimmage, the freshman and JV faced each other before the JV took on the varsity team. Following brief break, the JV ‘A' and ‘B' teams placed before both varsity squads squared off.

"I thought we played pretty well," commented coach Chad Smith, in his first year with the Knights following five years with Sullivan. "I think we found out what our starting rotations will be."

Even more valuable according to Smith was the situational play that his teams got to experience to wind up the scrimmage.

Each team had the chance to start either up or down five points with two minutes remaining in the game and try to protect the lead or, if trailing, tie the contest. The added pressure from an actual running clock seemed to give the scrimmage more of a game feel, which should be quite valuable, especially to younger players.

"I thought the game situations gave us a good opportunity to see how we execute," said Smith. "It opened our eyes a little bit and now we know what to work on heading into Saturday."

The Knights will take part in the Terre Haute South Jamboree on Saturday where they will play in two quarters, one versus Terre Haute North and another against West Vigo beginning at 2 p.m.

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