Times Sports Editor
SPENCER -- Northview gave Class 3A 12th-ranked Owen Valley all it could handle for much of Friday's Western Indiana Conference battle.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the Patriots had too many weapons and provided just a bit too much pressure for a Northview upset. Owen Valley posted a 63-46 victory to improve to 12-2 overall as the Knights fell to 5-6 overall.
"I don't think (Owen Valley's) pressure hurt us too much," Northview coach LuAnne Anderson said. "But their transition did. Any time a team has five legitimate scorers on the floor their going to be hard to guard."
Northview did a good job limiting the Patriots from scoring in transition off turnovers in the first half despite 14 miscues by the Knights. Defense and the Patriots own shooting issues aided the Northview cause after the first quarter was played to a 17-12 Owen Valley advantage.
Kirstin Kimball grabbed four of her 11 rebounds in the first quarter as Northview kept the Patriots off the boards for the most part.
In the second quarter, Kelsey Searing gave the Knights quality minutes with four of her six rebounds and a pair of free throws.
"I commend Kelsey," Anderson said. "She gave us the spark we needed and played the game of her young career. I think we'll see nice things from her in the future."
Though the Knights handled the Patriots' pressure pretty successfully, indirectly, Owen Valley helped force Northview into a 2-of-12 shooting performance in the second quarter.
"Owen Valley is pretty intimidating with the Gonsers (Nickole and Heather) waving their arms around."
The twin Patriots, who will continue their basketball career at the University of Indianapolis next year, do plenty of damage with their defensive prowess and the Knights rushed several missed lay-in attempts.
Trailing 30-20 at halftime, Northview quickly found themselves behind 40-23 on a 3-pointer from Adrian Gillaspy, a bucket by Nickole Gonser and a 3-pointer and a lay-in by Heather Gonser.
But the Knights wouldn't go down quietly when the Patriots made their run, which was pointed out by Anderson.
"I told the girls that we could have just laid down, but we didn't, we kept battling," Anderson said.
A pair of buckets by Kimball, who had 12 points, got Northview within 43-33 heading into the fourth quarter, but Owen Valley kept firing away.
Mack Evans followed a score by Heather Gonser with a jumper and a free throw before Kaitlin Sweatman scored for a 54-35 Patriots' lead.
Northview wasn't done and came right back off the mat with a free throw from Spring Raines, who had 15 points, a 3-pointer from Searing and one from Raines for a quick 9-0 run with 2:56 remaining.
Owen Valley was able to put away the game down the stretch however with a pair of scores from Micah York.
The Knights will host Cascade on Tuesday night beginning with a 6 p.m. JV contest.
At Owen Valley
Bell 1-2 2-4 4, Phillips 0-3 0-3 0, Kimball 6-13 0-1 12, Sp.Raines 5-18 3-4 15, St.Raines 3-12 0-0 8, Searing 1-5 2-2 5, Sharton 0-0 0-0 0, Colson 1-1 0-0 02, Sampson 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Webster 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-54 7-14 46.
Owen Valley (63)
Gillaspy 2-7 1-1 6, Cooper 3-8 1-2 8, H.Gonser 9-16 3-4 22, N.Gonser 3-9 1-2 8, Sweatman 4-5 2-2 10, York 2-4 0-0 4, Evans 1-4 3-4 5, Marsh 0-0 0-0 0, Leichter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-53 11-15 63.
3-point fieldgoals -- Nv 5-18 (Sp.Raines 2-11, St.Raines 2-5, Searing 1-2), OV 3-12 (Gillaspy 1-3, Evans 0-2, Cooper 1-3, N.Gonser 1-2, Sweatman 0-1, York 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Nv 37 (Kimball 11, Searing 6), OV 30 (H.Gonser 11, Sweatman 7). Total Fouls -- Nv 18, OV 13. Turnovers -- Nv 23, OV 13.