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Northview girls' rally falls short of Plainfield

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Coach Chad Smith (center left)?diagrams a play for his team during Tuesday's sectional.

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Trailing 31-10 heading into halftime, the Northview High School girls' basketball team had only one thing left to play for Tuesday evening.


The Knights outscored Plainfield, 16-3, in the third period and cut the lead to five points late in the fourth period but it wasn't enough as Northview's season came to an end in the first round of Indiana High School Athletic Association Tournament action, 52-38.

"We came out a little fired up in the third (quarter)," Northview head coach Chad Smith said. "But I think we were down too much.

"We came out with our pride. This is something to build on in the spring and summer. We didn't give up."

The Knights suffered through offensive woes in the first half against the Quakers, shooting 1-for-13 from the field, including 0-for-5 in the second quarter.

Plainfield responded, taking a 19-6 lead after the first.

In the regular season, the Knights lost to Plainfield by more than 20 points. However, on Tuesday, Smith and his coaching staff changed the defensive scheme.

But it didn't work in the first half.

"In the second half, we went strictly to man (defense)," Smith said. "It seemed to work for us."

And the Knights stormed out on the offensive end in the second half.

While holding the Quakers to no points through the first seven minutes of the third period, the Knights continued to chip away at the deficit.

And with less than one minute to go in the third period, Northview trailed by only eight points, 32-24, when sophomore Emily Phillips made a steal and found Spring Raines for a basket.

Smith said Phillips' defensive play in the third quarter helped spark the Knights.

"She is our best defensive player, her and Stormi (Raines)," Smith said.

After two free throws from Plainfield's Brittany Norris, Raines hit another bucket as the Knights headed into the final period trailing, 34-26.

Plainfield extended its lead to 10, 36-26, with a basket by Katie Cox, but a three-pointer from Stormi Raines and two free throws from Phillips pulled Northview within five with 6:14 remaining.

Plainfield, however, managed to take a 40-31 lead with less than five minutes to go after back-to-back buckets from Rachel Turk.

But Spring Raines responded with a basket and two free throws and with 3:31 left in the final period, NHS trailed 40-35.

A free throw from Plainfield's Sarah Janssen extended the lead and she grabbed her missed second shot, which set up two more free throws from Turk as the Quakers took a 43-35 lead.

Turk then capitalized off a Northview turnover with another basket, giving the Quakers a 10-point advantage.

The Knights cut the lead to nine points twice in the final minutes, but were unable to get any closer.

"We couldn't chip anymore," Smith said. "We're obviously disappointed we couldn't make the full comeback.

Spring Raines led the Knights with 18 points and nine rebounds while Stormi Raines tallied 10 points and two steals.

Turk led the Quakers with 20 points and 13 boards while Norris finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Northview finished the season with a 7-13 record and lose Abby Birkey, Tara Crooks, Ashley Hargis and foreign exchange student Charlotte Greichgauer to graduation.

"I can't say enough about how hard they work," Smith said.

At Northview

Class 4A Northview Sectional

First Round

Plainfield (52)

Gish 1-4 0-0 2, Norris 2-5 6-7 10, Turk 7-14 6-11 20, Cox 2-3 0-0 4, Henson 1-10 0-0 2, Lydick 1-7 0-0 2, Janssen 2-6 1-4 6, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Elmore 0-0 6-8 6. Totals 16-49 FG, 19-30 FT, 52 TP.

Northview (38)

Birkey 2-4 0-0 4, Sp. Raines 4-15 10-12 18, St. Raines 3-9 2-4 10, Crooks 0-1 2-4 2, Hargis 0-0 0-2 0, Colson 0-1 0-0 0, Phillips 0-4 2-4 2, Sampson 1-2 0-0 2, Searing 0-0 0-0 0, Kimball 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 10-37 FG, 16-26 FT, 38 TP.

Plainfield 19 12 3 18 -- 52

Northview 6 4 16 2 -- 38

3-pt. FG -- PHS 1-17 (Janssen 1-1), NHS 2-7 (St. Raines 2-3). Rebounds -- PHS 29 (Turk 13), NHS 27 (Sp. Raines 9). Blocks -- PHS 2 (Turk), NHS 1 (Sampson). Assists -- PHS 10 (Gish 4), NHS 3 (Sp. Raines, Phillips, Sampson). Steals -- PHS 8 (Henson 3), NHS 3 (St. Raines 2). Total Fouls -- PHS 20, NHS 25. Fouled Out -- Crooks, St. Raines (NHS). Turnovers -- PHS 12, NHS 26.

Next Game -- Plainfield faces either Terre Haute South or Mooresville in the sectional semifinal. Northview finished the season 7-13.

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Our Lady Knights played with a lot of heart this year. Unfortunatly, heart will only take you so far. In my opinion this would have been a much different and improved team had Bob Medworth remained as head coach. I think coach Smith is a very nice young man but perhaps too inexperienced to give the Knights more than a .300 winning percentage.

-- Posted by shoman95 on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 9:09 AM

I think coach smith is a great guy and i think people need to back off of him... i atteneded many games this season and what happens on the floor is not all the coaches fault. I think many people have been to hard on him... He came in to a new school and everyone seemed to look down upon him from day one.... Ive heard many thing that have been yelled from the stands by parents who are supposed to support the team and as far as i know a team includes a coach unless that has changed in some way...Even if you dont agree with what is being said doesnt mean you should yell out during a game. The coach can not go out there and play the game for the kids... he tells them what to do and if the players dont do it then it is not his fualt. I dont know how many timesthat i heard a play be called out and it didnt seem to get ran, that is not a coaches fault. In my opion everyone just gave up on Coach smith this season players and parents... If Bob where still there would the parents still be yelling the things they were when the players didnt do things they were told to do ... i think they would... so back off the guy he is only human ... people dont come to your work and tell you what to do or yell at you saying mean things, if your gonna pay to watch a game, then watch the game and cheer on your team... dont come to bad mouth the coach and his staff... whats this game comming to when you have people coaching from the stands.... its sad to watch someone get knocked down day after day after day on things people say to them....

-- Posted by Anonymous33 on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 10:37 AM

I agree that yelling from the stands may not be the best way to get your point across. I'm not sure that Anonymous33 realizes all that went on this season with the Lady Knights. It was a very sad and discouraging year for those involved.

-- Posted by rekabk62 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 8:57 AM

it may have been sad and discouraging but it still doesnt mean that people in the stands need to yell at the coaches.... coaches can only do so much .. everythingelse relies on the players and their efforts

-- Posted by Anonymous33 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 10:33 AM

There is one question on my mind as I think over the past season....

Anyone involved (parents, players, administrators, etc...) has to ask themselves this BEFORE pointing the finger at the coaches:

Did your actions, attitude, and effort this season work towards HELPING the team or HURTING the team?

Unfortunately, I think that there are too many people who will have to say - HURT. That is what I see as the saddest part of this season. Not enough HELP going on....only lots of HURT.

-- Posted by northviewfan08 on Fri, Feb 8, 2008, at 2:03 PM

-- Posted by rekabk62 on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 1:15 PM

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