Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Coming into this season, first-year Northview coach LuAnne Anderson has been preaching a team mentality. In the squad's opening game against West Vigo in the Clabber Girl Tourney, the Knights literally got contributions from the entire team in posting a 46-35 victory over the Vikings.
Eight different Northview players got into the scoring column as foul trouble saddled many of the starters throughout the game. Four different Knights sat out major portions of the second quarter, but it was the reserves that kept the score in Northview's favor.
"I don't think that (West Vigo) thought we had that deep of a bench," said Anderson. "I applaud the effort of our bench players. Everyone contributed tonight."
The game was anything, but pretty, which has often been the case in recent contests between the teams. Northview posted a hard fought victory that went down to the final minutes last season.
This game was no different though it was no surprise to Anderson.
"Coming in we knew this wouldn't be any different than a tight game," said Anderson. "West Vigo has gotten better year after year."
Both teams struggled with shooting from the field and turnovers during the game, but the Knights got a great effort from the free throw line. In the first half, the Knights hit 13-of-17 from the charity stripe, including its first 10 of the game.
Perhaps the biggest contributor to that stat was senior center Kirstin Kimball, who hit her first seven free throws of the first half and grabbed eight of her 13 rebounds before the break as well.
Her performance helped the Knights out to a slim 23-16 lead at halftime despite starters Emily Phillips, Spring Raines and Stormi Raines all missing most or all of the second quarter.
"She did a fantastic job," said Anderson of her senior. "She was the difference on the boards. She really picked us up."
The Knights can also thank West Vigo's free throw shooting woes for that halftime advantage too.
The Vikings hit only 5-of-16 in the first half and six-of-20 in the entire game from the line.
Northview got the rest of their starters back to start the second half and Spring Raines made a quick impact with a free throw on a drive and Phillips answered with one of her own. Stormi Raines hit both of hers following a 3-pointer from Breanna Marrs of the Vikings as Northview led 27-20.
West Vigo wouldn't go away in the second half as Marianne Umphries scored in the post, but the Knights' Kelsey Searing followed with a put back basket.
Heading into the final quarter, Northview took a 34-24 lead on a Spring Raines hoop, but Brittany Marrs answered with a 3-pointer.
The Vikings hit just 12-of-44 (27 percent) from the field in the game, but continued to hit big 3-pointers to stay close.
After Kimball pushed the lead to nine at 36-27, Sarah Klotz followed with a runner in the lane and Marrs hit another big shot from long range to get the Vikings within 36-32.
From there however, the Knights got a hoop from Colson in the paint following a timeout on a feed from Spring Raines. Colson added a jumper from the corner to cap her six point night and give Northview a 40-32 lead.
But again, the Vikings found the long range stroke.
Breanna Marrs dropped home another 3-pointer to get within 40-35 late, but Spring Raines answered right back with a 3-pointer of her own and Phillips finished a 10-point night with three free throws in the waning minutes to secure the win.
While happy with the opening victory and undoubtedly with a 43-22 rebounding advantage, Anderson wasn't overly thrilled with an eye popping 29 turnovers by the Knights.
"We were playing too fast," said Anderson of her team's half court offense. "We're working to slow things down and take our time, but I think we're learning not to force up shots too."
The Knights (1-0 overall) face Fountain Central on Saturday at West Vigo High School at 11:30 a.m. The Mustangs were 45-38 winners over North Central in Thursday's opener.
Clabber Girl Classic Tourney
At West Vigo
Bell 0-0 2-4 2, Phillips 2-6 6-8 10, Sp.Raines 4-10 1-3 10, St.Raines 0-3 4-4 4, Colson 3-5 0-0 6, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Kimball 1-3 7-8 9, Webster 0-1 1-3 1, Sharton 0-1 0-0 0, Searing 2-3 0-1 4, Sampson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-32 21-31 46.
West Vigo (35)
Waters 2-5 3-8 7, Umphries 2-5 0-0 4, Kotz 1-5 0-1 2, Beal 0-7 1-2 1, Bri.Marrs 2-5 0-0 6, Bre.Marrs 3-11 1-7 10, Barton 1-3 0-0 2, Edmondson 1-3 1-2 3, Hall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-44 6-20 35.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 1-5 (Sp.Raines 1-3, Sharton 0-1, Lee 0-1), WV (5-19) Bre.Marrs 3-8, Bri.Marrs 2-5, Umphries 0-1, Beal 0-3, Waters 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 43 (Kimball 13, Sp.Raines 7, Colson 6), WV 22 (Beal 5). Total Fouls -- Nv 20, WV 24. Turnovers -- Nv 29, WV 19.
Next game: Northview plays Fountain Central in Saturday's 11:30 a.m. semifinal game at West Vigo.