Times Sports Editor
Suffering from an offensive power outage on Wednesday evening, the Northview freshmen girls' basketball team came up short against visiting Terre Haute North, 23-12.
Neither team had much success putting the ball in the hoop during the first three quarters, combining to hit just 11 percent of their field goal attempts (5-of-47).
But it was Terre Haute North that took advantage of its chances at the free throw line, relatively speaking in comparison, hitting nine-of-16 from the free throw line. The Knights meanwhile managed to knock down just four-of-17 from the charity stripe.
That statistic was mainly what carried the Patriots to a win despite them hitting just 16 percent (seven-of-44) from the field.
The Knights had turnover issues throughout the game, but still trailed only 6-2 at halftime.
North was able to extend the lead to 8-2 in the third quarter as Michaela Kaperak sank two-of-four free throws.
Meanwhile, Northview finally broke a scoreless slump that lasted more than 12 minutes, including the entire second quarter.
Jonnica Johnson scored the first points for the Knights midway through the first quarter and it was Raven Enders who drove to the hoop for the second basket for Northview. Enders then stole the inbound pass and layed the ball in to get the Knights within 8-6 with 1:25 to go in the third quarter.
But Jade Rakes scored inside to end the scoring and the Patriots took control of the paint in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots dominated the boards in the fourth quarter, grabbing nine rebounds to the Knights' three, which directly led them to some quick, second-chance points.
Kaperak was especially effective in the final stanza, getting to the free throw line nine times, hitting five and combined with Tia Hatfield on back-to-back rebound baskets. Her rebound, put back and foul for a three-point play, pushed the lead to 18-8 and ended the Knights' hopes of a comeback.
Johnson added a free throw for the Knights to halt a 7-0 run for the Patriots, but a drive from point guard, Christina Fox sucked out any momentum the Knights might have grabbed.
Enders added two late free throws as part of her team-high eight points and three rebounds. Shelby Davis added a late free throw for the Knights.
The Knights will be off until Jan. 7 when they will travel to Danville.
Girls' freshmen basketball
T.H. North (23)
Fox 1-4 1-3 3, Hasbrouck 0-3 0-0 0, Bledsoe 0-6 0-0 0, Barnhill 0-6 0-0 0, Rakes 1-4 2-2 4, Hatfield 2-7 1-2 5, Turner 1-3 0-0 2, Kaperak 2-7 5-9 9, Schenck 0-1 0-0 0, Russell 0-3 0-0 0, McDaniel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 7-44 9-16 23.
Enders 3-9 2-4 8, Bass 0-6 0-0 0, Wilkerson 0-4 0-2 0, LaTourette 0-1 0-2 0, Johnson 1-5 1-4 3, Stemm 0-0 0-0 0, Berg 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 1-2 1, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 4-26 4-17 12.
3-point fieldgoals: THN 0-1 (Barnhill 0-1), Nv 0-0. Total Rebounds -- THN 36 (Kaperak 8, Hatfield 7), Nv 25 (Johnson 7, LaTourette 4). Total Fouls -- THN 19, Nv 15. Turnovers -- THN 19, Nv 25.