SULLIVAN -- The Northview JV girls' basketball team improved to 4-2 in the WIC with a 39-29 win at Sullivan on Wednesday night.
The Knights came out and started strong in the first quarter according to coach LuAnn Anderson.
"We came out great in the first quarter, causing Sullivan a lot of problems with our press," said the first-year Northview coach. "We also had an excellent night at the foul line connecting on 12-of-16 attempts."
Sophomore Emily Phillips had a complete night in the Northview win.
"Emily Phillips had an outstanding night, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, a steal, and two blocks," said Anderson.
Phillips' classmate, Carlee Bell had a great game for the Knights as well.
"Carlee Bell also came up big for us in the fourth quarter," said Anderson. "She connected on 6-of-7 free throws to help put the game out of reach for Sullivan."
"I told the girls that defense was going to be the deciding factor in this game and they responded by stepping up and forcing Sullivan into nine second half turnovers, compared to only four in the first half," commented Anderson.
Eight different Knights scored in the game as freshman center Chelsey Sampson added four and Kelsey Searing contributed three in the win.
Four other Knights had two points.
"This was a total team effort on the defensive end. I am very proud of the girls for finishing out their WIC season 4-2. These girls have a lot of potential for the future of Northview basketball," said Anderson.
Northview improved to 9-7 overall.
Bell 1 5-6 7, Sharton 1 0-3 2, Searing 1 2-2 3, Webster 1 0-1 2, Stearley 0 0-0 0, Phillips 6 4-4 16, Sampson 2 0-0 4, Lee 1 0-0 2, Latourette 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 12-16 39.