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Knights hold off challenge from Panthers

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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Emily Phillips soars to the basket for a layin during the first half against Riverton Parke.
By MELINDA QUASIUS

Times Staff Reporter

The Northview High School girls' basketball team used teamwork and better shooting to defeat Riverton Parke, 41-31, on Tuesday night.

The Knights were lead by junior Spring Raines with 13 points. Sophomore Emily Phillips added 10.

Northview scored the first point on a free throw by Stormi Raines with 6:15 to go in the first quarter. Stormi Raines would score six points and lead the team with six rebounds.

After a basket from Phillips on the right side, Chelsy Riggen scored the Lady Panthers' first points on a lay-up a minute later.

Riggen was second in scoring for the Panthers with 11 points plus five rebounds. Amy Wheeler led Riverton Parke with 13 and five rebounds.

Northview would add four fast break points from the tandem of Stormi Raines and Phillips. Phillips assisted on two Raines baskets, giving Northview a four-point lead with just under four minutes to go in the first.

Northview and Riverton Parke traded baskets until the end of the quarter, including Spring Raines hitting a three-point basket at the top of the key with 10 seconds left, then Riggen going back down the court and hitting a three from the right side at the buzzer.

The first quarter ended with the Knights leading 14-10.

In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers went on a 12-1 run to take a 22-15 point lead with 2:15 left in the half.

Riverton Parke was lead by Riggen, who hit two 3-pointers, and Wheeler, who scored six inside points in that stretch.

Northview also committed seven turnovers during the Lady Panther's run.

Stormi Raines ended the slide with a shot from the post, but Kristen Kimball committed a foul, putting Riverton Parke in the bonus.

Wheeler missed a one-and-one opportunity, but the Panthers were back on the line shortly thereafter when Ali Sharton fouled Whitney Mathas. Mathas scored six points for the Panthers.

Mathas hit both free throws, putting Riverton Parke ahead 24-17 with 46.6 seconds left in the half.

Northview cut the lead to five with a basket from the left wing from Sharton. The basket was Sharton's only points on the evening.

Katie Smith also scored two points in the first half.

"We didn't cover their shooter," Coach Chad Smith said about the Panther's second quarter. "Number 33 (Riggen) is an awfully good shooter, and we didn't cover her."

The second half began very aggressively, with the two teams racking up four fouls in the first two and a half minutes of the quarter.

The Knights struck first, with senior Tara Crooks hitting the first of two free throws. Crooks finished with two points and five rebounds.

Spring Raines rebounded Crooks second shot, and hit Stormi Raines for a three, pulling Northview back within one.

After Mathas threw the ball out of bounds while taking it up the court, Riverton Parke Coach Kyle Kersey called a full time out.

With 3:50 remaining in the third quarter, Spring Raines put the Knights back in the lead on two free throws after cutting to the middle of the lane from the post and getting fouled by Rosa Gossett.

Makenzie Haltom tied the game up again by making one-of-two free throws off a foul in the post by Chelsey Sampson.

Phillips took the lead back with a deep two-pointer with 3:04 remaining in the third.

Stormi Raines added another free throw, and then Phillips stole a Riggen pass and took it all the way down the court for the lay-up and a foul.

Phillips did not complete the three-point play, keeping the lead at five.

After a Riverton Parke turnover, Northview held the ball in the frontcourt for almost a minute while trying to keep the last shot.

Smith said the stall offense was "not the most popular play, but with a seven point lead, we'll hold it."

With two seconds left, Spring Raines hit a 3-pointer to put the Knights up by eight going into the fourth.

The Knights shut down the Lady Panthers, only allowing one point scored during the third quarter.

Riverton Parke was not done, though.

Mathas started the fourth quarter by scooping the ball in the basket from the right baseline.

When Northview got the ball back, they returned to the stall offense before starting launching threes.

Luckily the Knights pulled in the three consecutive outside misses.

Northview used the 6'2 freshman Sampson in the post to finish out the game, using two post feeds from Spring Raines to give the Knights a 37-29 advantage with under three minutes to go. Sampson finished up with six points.

With one minute left, Spring Raines and Wheeler exchanged turnovers before Raines hauled in a Sampson miss, only to dish back to Sampson for an open bunny shot.

Spring Raines would make two more free throws to score Northview's final points with 17.4 seconds left.

Wheeler missed two out of three free throws with 2.6 seconds left in the game, keeping Northview's margin of victory at 10.

Sampson rebounded the final miss and held on until the buzzer sounded.

Northview was 8-of-15 from the free throw line, and Riverton Parke was 6-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Although Northview usually easily beats Riverton Parke, Smith was not overlooking the Lady Panthers.

He told the team before the game, "Kentucky thought Gardner-Webb was going to roll over and die," alluding to last week's big college basketball upset.

"Riverton Parke will win a lot of games," Smith said.

The JV team won 41-16 over the Panthers and were lead by Lauren Webster's 12 points and seven from Chelsey Sampson. Ali Sharton tallied five for the Knights and Northview got four points apiece from Carlee Bell, Charlie Greichgauer and Shelby Colson.

Northview 41, Riverton Parke 31

R.Parke (31)

Mathas 2 2-2 6, Wheeler 5 3-8 13, Haltom 0 1-2 1, Riggen 4 0-0 11, Gossett 0 0-0 0, Edington 0 0-0 0, Byers 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 6-12 31.

Northview (41)

Phillips 5 0-1 10, Kimball 0 0-2 0, Sp.Raines 3 5-7 13, St.Raines 2 1-2 6, Crooks 0 2-4 2, Sharton 1 0-1 2, Sampson 3 0-0 6, Smith 1 0-0 2, Birkey 0 0-0 0, Lee 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 8-16 41.

At Northview

R.Parke101416-31
Northview145148-41

3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 3 (Sp.Raines 2, St.Raines 1), RP 3 (Riggen 3). Total Fouls -- Nv 15, RP 15.

Next game: Knights (2-1 overall) travels to Mooresville on Thursday for a 6 p.m. game.



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