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.
Class 4A Northview Sectional
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.
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.