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Fifth-ranked Terre Haute South too much for Knights

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Northview's Carlee Bell has her shot blocked by Terre Haute South's Hannah Lee on Saturday.

Times Sports Editor

TERRE HAUTE -- Facing the Class 4A fifth-ranked Terre Haute South Braves on the road Saturday night, the Northview Knights were overwhelmed by the home squad 92-33.

The loss was the worst for the Knights since a 60-point defeat to Mooresville to open the 2000-01 season.

The Knights were within 4-3 several minutes into the game, but the explosive Braves went on a quick run spurred by a 3-pointer from senior Tessa Johnson and a turnover and lay-in. That spark combined with the fact that the Braves were in the bonus with four minutes left in the first quarter, led to a 27-5 South lead after the first eight minutes.

Dragana Grbic, the Braves' 6'3 center, who will play for the Butler Bulldogs next season, got the Knights front line in foul trouble quickly. The Braves shot an eye popping 20 free throws in the first quarter alone, hitting 18 of them to take a commanding lead.

"We didn't' look bad at the start, but as soon as they began that burst than we just seemed to quit," said Northview coach LuAnne Anderson. "We have to learn to roll with the punches."

The Braves' pressure defense provided the biggest haymakers, forcing 29 turnovers in the first half alone and setting up easy lay-ins for the Braves.

Terre Haute South hit nine-of-13 shots in the second quarter led by nine points in the period by Johnson. Meanwhile, the Knights scored just 11 first half points to trail 50-11 at the midway point.

"South is a good defensive team," said Anderson. "They play the passing lanes and they just took us out of our offensive sets."

The second half saw the Knights get some offense going as Spring Raines and Emily Phillips each hit 3-pointers in a 16-point quarter by Northview. However, Grbic's teammates began to feed her the ball in the post where she was basically unstoppable, getting to the foul line 14 times in the game on the way to 23 points.

Grbic also reached the 1,000-point plateau in the fourth quarter when the game was briefly stopped to recognize the feat.

Both teams subbed for their starters for much of the final quarter as the reserves finished out the game.

Spring Raines topped the Knights with 10 points with Carlee Bell adding six and both Stormi Raines and Chelsey Sampson had four apiece.

The Braves got 16 from sophomores Haley Seibert and 18 from Krista Smith.

The Knights (2-3 overall) host Bloomington North on Dec. 2

At T.H. South

Northview (33)

Bell 3-3 0-4 6, Phillips 1-4 0-0 3, Sp.Raines 2-7 5-6 10, St.Raines 2-8 0-0 4, Colson 0-2 0-0 0, Sharton 0-2 0-1 0, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Searing 1-3 0-0 2, Sampson 1-1 2-5 4, Webster 1-3 0-0 2, Kimball 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 12-35 7-16 33.

T.H. South (92)

Seibert 4-7 7-9 16, Rector 0-0 0-0 0 Johnson 3-8 2-2 9, Smith 7-8 3-4 18, Grbic 6-11 11-14 23, Metheny 1-3 3-5 5, Vollrath 2-5 1-2 6, Goss 0-0 2-2 2, Bailey 1-1 3-3 5, Dietz 1-2 0-0 2, Lee 1-2 2-2 4. Totals: 26-47 34-43 92.

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3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 2-9 (Sp.Raines 1-3, St.Raines 0-4, Sharton 0-1, Phillips 1-1), THS 4-10 (Vollrath 1-3, Metheny 0-2, Johnson 1-2, Smith 1-1, Seibert 1-2). Total Rebounds -- Nv 22 (Phillips 4), THS 27 (Grbic 10). Total Fouls -- Nv 25, THS 14. Fouled out -- Nv (Colson, Kimball). Turnovers -- Nv 42, THS 17.

JV -- T.H. South 33 (Dallas Butts 12), Northview 25 (Ali Sharton 10)

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