Times Sports Editor
Finding positives in a 30-point defeat might seem difficult, but there was some upside to be found following Northview's 73-42 loss at the hands to the Class 4A 10th-ranked Terre Haute South girls' basketball team on Monday.
Consider the Knights kept the score tight in the first half in which they overcame a double-digit deficit to cut the Braves' lead to just four points with minutes remaining in the half.
Or that the Knights scored 20 points against the Braves despite South's use of an athletic 1-2-2 trap. Maybe the highlight of the evening was Spring Raines third quarter put-back jumper that allowed her to reach the 1,000 point plateau just past the midway point of her junior year.
Yes, there were positives to be found considering the Knights were coming off a lackluster effort in which they lost by nearly 50 points to Martinsville.
Against the Braves, who play in the physical MIC Conference, Northview passed the ball well and got some improved play from their post players as well.
Northview's first quarter wasn't much to write home about with just five points being scored by the Knights.
The Knights' defense struggled to contain 6'3 junior center Dragana Grbic who scored six points in the opening period and grabbed four of her eight boards.
The second quarter saw the Knights' Stormi Raines knock down one of her 3-pointers and Abby Birkey scored off a pretty dribble-drive and 10-foot jumper to narrow the lead back to four points. Kirstin Kimball battled down low with Grbic for five of her eight rebounds in the quarter.
But the Braves used a bit of their explosive scoring touch to finish the half.
Megan Craft hit a pair of 3-pointers and Emily Fauber scored inside for the Braves, who capitalized on back-to-back turnovers by the Knights.
The Braves finished the half with a 33-16 advantage.
Starting the second half, Spring Raines came out with a determined look in her eye and she used her ability to get to the hoop earned her four early points.
Freshman Haley Seibert hit a pair of free throws and Tessa Johnson scored on a drive in between four points from Raines.
On the next trip down the floor, Raines put up a short jumper over Grbic's outstretched arms for her 1,000th career point.
"She's scored a lot for us," said Smith of Raines. "Getting her 1,000th point as a junior is a great accomplishment."
The teams traded scores early in the quarter as Shelby Colson knocked home a jumper off a nice feed from Spring Raines to narrow the lead to 39-24.
The Braves however had a run of their own to take control of the game.
Craft hit a shot and Seibert drilled a 3-pointer followed by two hoops from Grbic.
Stormi Raines hit a 3-pointer and Spring Raines scored off a driving lay-in and added two free throws.
But Spring Raines drew her fourth and fifth fouls within a minute of each other and was forced to the bench.
The Braves opened the fourth period on a 12-0 run powered by three of the team's eight shots from long range to finish off Northview's determined effort.
Colson and Kimball did a great job in helping Northview win the battle of the boards 31-30. Colson had nine rebounds and Kimball added eight. Both players had six points in the game while Spring Raines led in scoring with 13 and Stormi added 11.
"I think we'll take a lot away (from the first half)," said Smith. "If we can get that kind of effort in our next two games, I think we can come away with wins."
The Knights fall to 5-9 overall and head to Danville for a road game on Wednesday night.
In the JV game, the Knights played perhaps their best game of the year while scoring a 48-33 win over the Braves.
Northview used a 19-5 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Braves.
Emily Phillips scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half and Kelsey Searing added eight before the break on the way to 10 in the game.
Erica Lee, Charlie Greichgauer and Ali Sharton each had five points with Carlee Bell chipping in with four.
Webster 0-1 0-0 0, Sp.Raines 4-11 5-6 13, St.Raines 4-13 0-0 11, Crooks 0-2 0-0 0, Colson 3-6 0-0 6, Birkey 1-2 0-2 2, Sampson 0-0 0-0 0, Kimball 3-6 0-1 6, Phillips 1-3 0-0 2, Lee 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 16-47 7-11 42.
T.H. South (73)
Seibert 4-6 3-4 14, Rector 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 6-13 4-7 17, Craft 7-10 0-0 18, Grbic 7-10 2-6 16, Fauber 1-1 0-0 2, Miner 0-1 0-0 0, J.Smith 0-1 0-0 0, K.Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Vollrath 0-1 0-0 0, Mattox 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 28-50 9-17 73.
3-point fieldgoals -- THS 8-16 (Craft 4-7, Siebert 3-4, Johnson 1-4, Rector 0-1), Nv 3-15 (St.Raines 3-9, Sp.Raines 0-3, Webster 0-1, Lee 0-1, Birkey 0-1). Total Rebounds -- THS 30 (Grbic 8, Johnson 7), Nv 31 (Colson 9, Kimball 8). Total Fouls -- THS 8, Nv 14. Fouled out -- Nv (Sp.Raines). Turnovers -- THS 14, Nv 20.