Times Sports Editor
There were two tasks at hand for Northview during Saturday's make-up of a weather postponed girls' basketball game against Terre Haute North.
Pick up a victory and crown a new career-leading scorer in Northview girls' basketball history.
The Knights were only successful on one of those fronts as Spring Raines scored 14 of her game-high 30 points in the first quarter to surpass Julia Whitted's 1,350 career points. However, the Patriots used a 20-8 edge in third quarter scoring to leave with a 76-62 road victory over the Knights.
Raines came into the game needing 13 points to tie Whitted's mark and got the record out of the way quickly The senior knocked home a pair of early 3-pointers and fittingly broke the record with 1:13 remaining in the quarter on a driving lay-in through traffic. The game was briefly stopped to award Raines the game ball for her accomplishment.
"She's improved so much with her skills from her freshman year to now," coach LuAnne Anderson commented. "She didn't force things tonight and when she's on than we want to get her the shot."
Raines was certainly on during the first quarter in which she hit four-of-five shots from the field and all four of her shots from the free throw line.
The teams were tied through the first quarter as Terre Haute North got a powerful effort from junior Francesca McCarthy. The 5'9 post player scored eight points in the opening period and was a brute in the paint, grabbing three of her 11 rebounds.
In the second quarter the teams continued to slug it out in a tight battle with Raines opening up her passing skills to deliver several assists around the hoop. Kirstin Kimball scored three buckets for the Knights and Stormi Raines had four of her seven points. Kimball was big on the boards as well, pulling down 11 rebounds to tie for game-high honors.
While Northview got plenty of offensive in the quarter, the Knights weren't able to contain much on the defensive end as Terre Haute North got off 18 shots. McCarthy continued to pound away with seven more of her team-high 21 points. Kelly Meggs slashed her way to the hoop to draw fouls and hit all four of her free throws for the Patriots, who led 34-32 at halftime.
The Patriots came out with a different defensive strategy in the third quarter by double-teaming the ball handler each time.
The Terre Haute North method managed to drive the Knights mad with five turnovers in the quarter and led to the Patriots sinking eight of their first 10 shots from the field to blow open a close contest.
Meggs opened the second half scoring with a long 3-pointer before Kimball answered back. McCarthy got to the free throw line for a pair of free throws for a 39-34 lead. That's when the pressure began to get to the Knights.
North came out high on the Knights ball handlers and denied open passing lanes. Northview turned the ball over leading to a lay-in by Meggs and Lindy Jones followed with a hoop and a 43-34 lead.
Spring Raines came back with a put back basket, but McCarthy scored and another Northview turnover led to a fastbreak lay-in for the Patriots. A third turnover by the Knights fed Jones for another lay-in and the Knights suddenly trailed 49-36.
The turnovers fed a 13-2 run to build the double-digit advantage.
"We played with fire in the first half," Anderson said of her squad. "But I think we came in satisfied. In years past we haven't been close to North, but I think this time we felt like we were okay.
"(The Patriots) threw a trap at us to get the ball out of Spring's hands and they picked off some turnovers and were off to the races. We made the mistake of getting down and we didn't stand up and fight," Anderson added.
The Knights trailed 54-40 after an Erica Lee bucket ended the third quarter and would trail by 18 points early in the fourth quarter.
However, the Knights stayed in the game with a 8-0 run on two Kimball free throws, one from Stormi Raines, a hoop from Emily Phillips and a 3-pointer from Spring Raines.
The Knights back as close as 62-52 on Phillips' sixth-point, but North came back with two free throws from Meggs and lost their defensive assignment twice on Danielle Ketner, who laid home back-to-back buckets.
Raines would finish with a flourish, scoring 10 of her 30 points in the fourth period, but the Patriots finished well, hitting all 10 of their free throws down the stretch.
The Knights got 10 points from Kimball and seven from Stormi Raines with four from Lee and two apiece from Kelsey Searing and Shelby Colson.
Ketner hit seven-of-12 from the field for 17 points and Meggs added 16 followed by 11 for Jones.
In the JV game, Ali Sharton hit five late free throws and Kylie McKee knocked home a 3-pointer to in the final three minutes of a 32-24 Knights' victory.
Jessica LaTourette also drew a big charge call to forced a turnover by the Patriots and Lauren Webster led the scoring with nine points. Sharton had seven and Jonnica Johnson tallied six.
Northview (6-7 overall) hosts Danville on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
T.H. North (76)
Meggs 4-13 7-7 16, Jones 3-12 5-7 11, Ketner 7-12 3-6 17, McCarthy 8-14 5-5 21, Adams 2-4 1-1 5, Burkins 0-2 2-2 2, Eilbracht 2-5 0-0 4, Barnhill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-62 23-28 76.
Bell 0-1 1-2 1, Phillips 3-6 0-0 6, Kimball 4-8 2-4 10, Sp.Raines 8-15 10-13 30, St.Raines 2-9 3-5 7, Searing 1-2 0-1 2, Colson 1-4 0-0 2, Lee 2-2 0-0 4, Sampson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-47 16-25 62.
3-point fieldgoals -- THN 1-9 (Meggs 1-4, Ketner 0-3, Jones 0-2), Nv 4-10 (Sp.Raines 4-7, St.Raines 0-3). Total Rebounds -- THN 28 (McCarthy 11), Nv 40 (Kimball 11, Sp.Raines 10). Total fouls -- THN 21, Nv 19. Fouled out -- THN (McCarthy, Adams), Nv (St.Raines, Phillips). Turnovers -- THN 8, Nv 22.