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Turnovers spell Clabber Girl defeat for Knights

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Emily Phillips had two points in Northview's loss to Owen Valley on Saturday.

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- Coming into Saturday's Clabber Girl semifinal game against Owen Valley, the Northview girls' basketball team knew what to expect from the Patriots.

Pressure and plenty of it.

The Knights might have knew it was coming, but couldn't do anything about it.

Owen Valley forced a staggering 42 Northview turnovers in the game, 25 on steals by the Patriots and took just half the shots from the field that Owen Valley did.

The result?

A 70-58 Owen Valley victory that propelled them into the championship game where they gave the No. 3 ranked Terre Haute South Braves a fight before being subdued 59-45.

Northview had plenty of trouble out of the gate, falling behind 8-2 quickly spurred by their own turnovers.

The Patriots' ball hawking twins, Heather and Nikole Gonser, combined for 13 steals in the game and did not allow Northview's guards much room for comfort.

Despite their early deficit, the Knights battled right back to tie the score on a 3-pointer from Erica Lee and eventually took a late second quarter lead. But Owen Valley cranked up the pressure once again before break to gather a 30-25 lead at the midway point.

Owen Valley would scramble out to a 12-point lead in the third quarter before Northview got long range bombs from Spring Raines, Stormi Raines and Ali Sharton.

The shots from beyond the arc got the Knights back within 60-56 in the fourth quarter.

But the deficiency in shot chances finally caught up with the Knights as Owen Valley finished the game on a 10-2 run for the final margin.

Owen Valley took 30 more shots from the field compared to Northview's 36 shot attempts. The Knights did shoot better than 50 percent (19-of-36, 53 percent), but with their turnover issues, didn't get enough chances.

Senior forward, Tara Crooks had nine rebounds to lead the team and Abby Birkey came off the bench for five steals.

Spring Raines had a great game for the Knights with 26 points, six rebounds and four steals that earned her a spot on the Mann Law Firm all-tournament team. She was joined by South's Dragana Grbic, the Patriots' Gonser twins and Terre Haute North's Kelly Meggs.

The Knights (1-1 overall) will host Riverton Parke on Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m.

Clabber Girl Classic


Northview (58)

Sp.Raines 8-15 7-8 26, Crooks 1-2 4-6 6, Kimball 0-1 0-0 0, St.Raines 2-7 0-0 5, Phillips 1-1 0-0 2, Birkey 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 2-3 1-4 5, Colson 0-0 0-0 0, Sampson 2-2 0-0 4, Sharton 1-1 1-2 4, Bell 0-0 0-1 0, Hargis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-36 13-21 58.

Owen Valley (70)

H.Gonser 5-18 0-0 10, N.Gonser 11-17 7-13 29, Sweatman 4-9 4-6 12, Gillaspy 0-3 5-5 5, Cooper 2-11 5-10 9, Matsel 1-5 0-0 3, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, York 0-0 0-0 0, Lanham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-66 21-34.

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3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 7-13 (Sp.Raines 3-6, St.Raines 1-4, Lee 2-2, Sharton 1-1), OV 1-13 (Cooper 0-6, Gillaspy 0-3, H.Gonser 0-1, Matsel 1-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 40 (Crooks 9, Sp.Raines 6, Smith 5), OV 40 (N.Gonser 9, Matsel 6). Total Fouls -- Nv 24, OV 17. Turnovers -- Nv 42, OV 19.

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