Times Sports Editor
The Owen Valley Patriots used a 14-0 run to start the second half on the way to beating Northview 73-42 on Friday night.
The Patriots used the same recipe they've used all season to build a 12- 1 record and increase their winning streak to 10 games.
Applying a heavy dose of trapping full court defense and taking advantage of team's turnovers while hitting a liberal amount of perimeter shots to keep opponents' honest.
Northview obliged by committing 37 turnovers against that press and Heather Gonser finished one steal shy of a triple-double.
Gonser had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals to lead the Patriots' charge.
"It all comes down to execution," commented coach Chad Smith. "The best game plan in the world won't make a difference unless you can execute."
The Knights remained within 31-15 at halftime despite 21 turnovers, but the Patriots came out of the locker room firing to begin the third quarter.
Heather Gonser hit a short jumper and then stole the ball in the front court before cruising in for a layup and a quick four point push. Adrian Gillaspy followed with a 3-pointer and Gonser added another steal and layup and the lead had blossomed to 40-15 within minutes.
Freshman Mack Evans, playing in place of regular starter, Sam Cooper, hit a 3-pointer and a steal from Gillaspy ended in another lay-in and the lead was up to 30 points.
"Two of the most important parts of a game are the first three minutes of the first half and the second half," said Smith. "Owen Valley came out guns blazing and we came out with our heads down," assessed Smith of the second half surge by the Patriots.
Spring Raines' 3-pointer put a brief end to the run, part of a 24-point night by the junior, but Owen Valley responded by finishing the half on a 8-2 run, outscoring Northview 27-5 in the period.
The Knights had more luck on offense in the final period, getting 10 points from Raines, including a six-of-seven effort from the line. Lauren Webster hit a 3-pointer and Tara Crooks added three points as Northview outscored Owen Valley 22-15 in the period.
Gillaspy added 16 points for the Patriots and Nickole Gonser added 14 points and six boards.
The Knights fall to 4-6 overall and take on Greencastle at home today at 11 a.m.
Owen Valley (73)
Gillaspy 5-7 2-4 16, Evans 1-6 0-0 2, H.Gonser 8-13 6-12 23, N.Gonser 7-19 0-0 14, Sweatman 6-11 0-1 12, Matsel 2-7 2-2 6, York 0-0 0-0 0, Leichtman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-63 10-19 73.
Webster 1-1 1-2 4, Kimball 0-1 0-0 0, Sp.Raines 7-22 7-10 24, St.Raines 2-5 0-0 5, Crooks 2-3 1-1 5, Sampson 0-2 2-2 2, Colson 1-3 0-0 2, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Birkey 0-1 0-0 0, Hargis 0-0 0-0 0. 13-39 11-15 42.
3-point fieldgoals -- OV 5-13 (Gillaspy 3-5, H.Gonser 1-4, Evans 1-1, Matsel 0-2, N.Gonser 0-1), Nv 5-13 (Sp.Raines 3-9, Webster 1-1, St.Raines 1-3). Total Rebounds -- OV 40 (H.Gonser 10, Swetman 6), Nv 35 (Sp.Raines 7, Colson 5). Total Fouls -- OV 14, Nv 15. Fouled out -- OV (Evans), Nv (St.Raines). Turnovers -- OV 15, Nv 37.
Junior varsity girls
The Northview JV girls struggled to maintain possession of the ball during the first half on Thursday night against Owen Valley and the Patriots outscored them 22-9 to take control during a 45-33 decision.
"We played horrible in the first half," commented coach LuAnn Anderson. "We had 14 turnovers in the first half, compared to only seven in the second half. If we would have given the same effort that we gave in the second half on defense the outcome would probably have been different."
In fact, the Knights outscored Owen Valley 24-23 in the second half, but weren't able to make enough of a dent in the original deficit.
Four starters fouled out for Northview, further complicating the team's effort.
Erica Lee had 11 points in the game while Kelsey Searing added seven and Carlee Bell chipped in with five. Emily Phillips contributed four more and both Shelby Colson and Jessica Latourette scored two points.
"Erica Lee had all of our points in the first quarter," said Anderson. "She did a nice job of stepping up and scoring when we needed her to."
"I do want to commend the girls for their efforts in the second half," commented Anderson. "We were able to hold them to five points in the 3rd quarter. We fought hard and tied the game midway through the 4th, but then we made a couple of turnovers and got some questionable calls."
The Knights will take on Greencastle today at 11 a.m.