Times Sports Editor
Brown County's girls might be the best 1-7 basketball team in the state, as they proved during stretches of a Saturday win over Northview, 49-40.
The return of Molly Fox from injury is a big reason for that as the Wright State recruit returned for 24 points off the bench in a narrow 57-48 loss to 1A No. 11 Waldron recently.
On Saturday, she teamed with her sister Sandy and Amanda Ryan to for a 5'11, 5'11, 6'1 wall that gave the young Knights fits underneath.
"They are awfully tall," commented Northview coach Chad Smith of the Eagles' front line. "They gave us some matchup problems."
The three combined for 10 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter and dominated the paint as Northview fell back 16-4 quickly.
Leading Northview scorer, Spring Raines, went to the sideline after trying to draw a charge against one of the Eagles' front court powers. Raines apparently hit her head on the court, but her return was a big spark for the Knights.
The Knights' offense went completely south with Raines on the bench, hitting just two-of-11 shots in the first quarter. The offense was still out of sync as the Eagles' lead grew early in the second quarter.
It was Raines' return that got Northview jump started.
The junior guard hit five straight shots as part of a 15-point quarter that included three 3-pointers.
Her run helped get the Knights within 31-21 at the midway point as Northview hit six-of-nine shots from the field in the second quarter.
In the second half, Northview toyed with getting right back into the game as Brown County's shooting suddenly went south.
The Eagles hit just four-of-20 shots from the field in the second half and turned the ball over 14 times, but the Knights just couldn't take advantage of the drought.
A 3-pointer from Stormi Raines got the Knights within 36-29 midway through the third quarter, but Michelle Freese answered with a jumper. Spring Raines followed with a pair of free throws and forced a Brown County turnover on the next trip down the court, but the Knights turned the ball over themselves on the offensive end.
Molly Fox followed with a hoop and Ryan added a basket to push the lead back to double-digits.
Twice the Knights got within eight points at 45-37 after a jumper from Emily Phillips and at 47-39 on a score from Tara Crooks in the paint, but could get no closer.
The Eagles hit just seven-of-17 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, but Northview hit just three-of-16 field goal attempts in the final period.
Raines led the Knights with 22 points, but no other player had more than five. Chelsey Sampson led the way with five rebounds.
Brown County dominated on the boards, grabbing 44 to the Knights' 29, led by 13 from Molly Fox and 11 from Ryan.
Northview's JV girls had more success, winning 35-15, using a 14-6 outburst in the third quarter to pull away to the win.
Phillips had 13 points for the Knights while Shelby Colson added nine. Jessica Tallman added four along with Allison Stearley. Both Kelsey Searing and Katie Smith had two points.
The Knights are now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the WIC with a trip to West Vigo on Friday for a 6 p.m. game.
Brown County (49)
Graber 3-5 7-10 14, Freese 1-10 3-6 5, S.Fox 5-10 0-1 10, M.Fox 5-14 3-6 13, Ryan 1-2 3-4 5, Howard 0-1 2-5 2.
Webster 1-12 0-0 2, Kimball 1-4 0-0 2, Sp.Raines 8-23 3-4 22, St.Raines 1-6 2-2 5, Crooks 1-1 0-3 2, Phillips 2-6 1-2 5, Sampson 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Birkey 0-0 0-0 0, Greichgauer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-55 6-11 40.
3-point fieldgoals -- BC 1-4 (Graber 1-1, Freese 0-3), Nv 3-27 (Sp.Raines 3-12, Webster 0-6, Phillips 0-4, St.Raines 1-5). Total Rebounds -- BC 44 (M.Fox 13, Ryan 11), Nv 29 (Sampson 5). Total Fouls -- BC 14, Nv 23. Fouled out -- BC (Ryan). Turnovers -- BC 23, Nv 17.