For the Brazil Times
GREENCASTLE -- After a two-week layoff, Northview's girls' basketball squad got just what it needed to begin 2009 -- a big win on the road. The Knights traveled to Greencastle to face the Tiger Cubs and walked off the court with an 11-point win and a .500 record.
"We've been off since the 17th and actually lost another game that week that we were supposed to play earlier, so we're short a game right now of where we should be," Northview head coach LuAnne Anderson explained. "We're a little rusty coming off the break, but as a team I think we came out in the second half and did a much better job on defense."
After GHS jumped out to a 4-0 advantage, Northview found its stride, took control and never looked back. They held Greencastle to just 15 first-half points, while racking up 25 of their own.
Senior Spring Raines accounted for 17 of the Knights' 25 first-half points and set an aggressive tone that her teammates were more than happy to duplicate. The Knights defense swarmed the Tiger Cubs, forcing them into a 7-of-22 shooting performance and zero trips to the free-throw line in the first half.
The second half was more of the same in regards to the Knights. Raines scored the first two points of the half and Northview held court throughout the third and fourth quarters. Greencastle closed the gap to nine early in the third, but never challenged the Knights for the remainder of the contest.
Raines amassed 30 points on the evening to help her squad secure the win. Fellow senior Kirstin Kimball tossed in 10, Chelsey Sampson had six and Stormi Raines added five. Kelsey Searing and Emily Phillips chipped in two points each.
Anderson was quick to note that it wasn't all Raines in Tuesday's win. She acknowledged the big performance from her senior, but was also pleased with the play of the team as a whole and what they accomplished.
"Spring (Raines) did a great job of passing the ball and dishing off to her teammates tonight," Anderson commented. "The post came through and hit those easy shots and I think everyone stepped up and when it was their time to get the ball, they got it and put it in the hole."
Next up for the Knights will be a familiar foe -- Owen Valley. When asked if she thought Tuesday's performance would help her squad, Anderson was optimistic.
"I sure hope it helps us; we're now 5-5. We were looking to be a little bit better than that coming into this game, but hey, we'll take 5-5 going into one of our toughest games of the year -- Owen Valley," she said. "WIC rival and not only that, just a good ballclub, so we're going to have to prepare for the intense pressure we're going to face. Hopefully we can build from our teamwork tonight and go into that game with confidence.
Northview will host Owen Valley Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.
Spring Raines 30, Kimball 10, Sampson 6, Stormi Raines 5, Phillips 2, Searing 2. Totals: 21-45 FG 9-10 FT 55 TP
Grivas 13, Spencer 10, Nobles 6, Samuels 5, Alspaugh 5, M. Miller 5. Totals: 18-50 FG 5-8 FT 44 TP
Northview 11 14 17 13 -- 55
Greencastle 8 7 14 15 -- 44
3-pt. FG -- NV 4 (Spring Raines 3, Stormi Raines), GHS 3 (Alspaugh, M. Miller, Nobles)
Next game -- Northview will host Owen Valley Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.