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Northview girls press Vikings into submission

Friday, December 12, 2008

Emily Phillips (No. 12) raises up for a shot on the way to a 20-point evening.

Times Sports Editor

Games between Northview and West Vigo's girls' basketball teams have been knock down drag out affairs most recently. The past three meetings haven't been decided until the final minutes.

On Friday night, the Knights made sure there was no doubt about who was going to earn the Western Indiana Conference win from the opening tip.

Northview pressured the Vikings into 17 first half turnovers and held West Vigo scoreless for the first 5:12 of the game.

Meanwhile the Knights raced out to a 15-0 lead on the way to a dominating 77-22 victory.

"We honestly didn't do much differently than the first time (in the Clabber Girl Tourney, a 46-35 Northview win)," Northview coach LuAnne Anderson said. "We used the same press and didn't do anything different on defense, but this time we didn't get anyone in foul trouble."

Northview's defense was the most effective and active it has been all season. Guards Spring Raines, Carlee Bell and Emily Phillips harassed the Vikings all over the court forcing turnovers. Those mistakes, in turn, fed the Northview offense, which hit 61 percent (17-of-28) from the field in the first half.

Kelsey Searing (No. 25) drives to the basket before being fouled by West Vigo's Sarah Klotz.
Most impressively was that the Knights jumped to a 25-2 lead after one quarter despite leading scorer, Spring Raines tallying just four of those points.

Junior Emily Phillips found her stroke early and her teammates kept finding her open.

The 5'8 guard drilled the Vikings for 18 of her 20 points in the first half on 10-of-13 shooting from the field.

"Emily stepped up big," Anderson said. "We kept going to her, she needed a good game and hit her shots."

Stormi Raines added seven of her 15 points in the first quarter as Northview quickly put the game away.

The second quarter was more of the same for Phillips and the Knights.

The Knights built a 45-6 lead at halftime with Spring Raines getting warmed up to score eight of her 20 points in the second period. Phillips added eight more points in the second quarter.

Anderson began to substitute liberally over the final quarter and a half of the game and the subs performed well too.

Erica Lee came off the bench to tally seven points with Lauren Webster knocking home both of her shots in the final four minutes of the game. Chelsey Sampson blocked a few shots down the stretch to add to the Vikings' offensive woes and Kelsey Searing flew around the floor on the defensive end.

Northview held the Vikings to 22 percent shooting for the game (10-of-46) while the Knights sank 53 percent (27-of-51) for the game.

The victory improves the Knights record to (4-4 overall, 2-0 WIC) with a home game against Terre Haute North on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

At Northview

West Vigo (22)

Umphries 0-2 0-0 0, Klotz 0-5 0-0 0, Waters 1-6 0-3 2, Edmondson 0-1 1-2 1, Bri.Marrs 0-6 0-2 0, Bre.Marrs 0-5 0-0 0, Beal 4-6 0-0 8, Brown 1-5 0-0 2, Barton 1-5 0-0 2, Norton 0-0 0-0 0, Carlson 3-5 0-0 7. Totals: 10-46 1-7 22.

Northview (77)

Bell 2-4 0-1 4, Phillips 10-13 0-0 20, Sp.Raines 6-13 5-9 20, St.Raines 3-4 6-6 15, Kimball 1-5 0-0 2, Searing 0-1 0-0 0, Colson 1-5 0-0 2, Lee 1-2 4-4 7, Sampson 1-1 0-0 2, Sharton 0-1 0-0 0, Webster 2-2 0-0 5. Totals: 27-51 15-20 77.

West Vigo24610-22

3-point fieldgoals -- WV 1-11 (Carlson 1-2, Bre.Marrs 0-4, Brown 0-1, Bri.Marrs 0-2, Klotz 0-1, Waters 0-1), Nv 7-13 (Sp.Raines 3-7, St.Raines 3-4, Lee 1-1, Webster 1-1). Total Rebounds -- WV 23 (Barton 6), Nv 40 (Kimball 7, Sp.Raines 7). Total Fouls -- WV 15, Nv 11. Turnovers -- WV 26, Nv 21.

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