Times Sports Editor
Northview is finally starting to get the hang of winning some close games and the Knights were able to use that experience to rally past Danville, 49-43.
The Knights trailed for most of the game, falling behind 22-14 at halftime as lightning quick Danville point guard, Molly Stewart gave Northview fits.
Stewart raced past Northview defenders to find open teammates and scored five points in the first half. Lindsay Nelson added six points herself.
Emily Phillips was able to limit Stewart's damage in the second half as Northview made its comeback.
"Emily stepped up in the second half," Northview coach LuAnne Anderson said. "She made sure that (Stewart) didn't run all over us and we were able to contain her a little more."
Northview's leading scorer, Spring Raines, sat down early with two fouls in the first quarter and remained on the bench the rest of the half.
However, the Knights got some strong play at the point from Raines' teammates.
Lauren Webster came off the bench and gave the Knights some good minutes and helped the Knights remain close.
Shelby Colson came off the bench and played an important role in the paint battling Danville's potent front court duo of 6'2 Amy Kramer and 5'10 Liz Scott.
Colson teamed with Kirstin Kimball to limit any success that the pair would have. Anderson was quick to note the important role that the senior frontcourt played in the victory.
"I applaud Kirstin Kimball's play in the post. I think she played her best defensive game," Anderson said. "Shelby and Chelsey (Sampson) did a good job of limiting No. 42 (Kramer) in the post."
Kramer hit just three-of-13 shots from the field while Scott needed 18 shots to hit 12 points in the game.
The Knights needed to get going offensively in the second half and after being held scoreless in the first two quarters while sitting on the bench, Spring Raines got rolling in the third quarter.
She opened the period with a 3-pointer and added a free throw and three consecutive 3-pointers to get Northview even at 27-all.
Raines would score all 19 of Northview's points in the third quarter, hitting five-of-seven from the field and the free throw line.
Three-pointers from Scott and Stewart kept the Warriors in front by a point heading into the fourth quarter, 34-33.
Elliott would help the Warriors push the lead to 39-33 with a 3-pointer following a bucket by Kramer to open the fourth quarter.
The Knights came back with a score by Sampson and a fieldgoal by Stormi Raines to get within 41-38 with 3:12 remaining.
Raines drew the defensive assignment on Scott for much of the game and Anderson mentioned the effect that Raines had on the game.
"Stormi did a nice job on '33' (Scott)," Anderson said. "She kept (Scott) as a non-factor for most of the game and she didn't have many open looks."
Colson got the Knights within a point with an offensive rebound of a missed 3-pointer and two fouls shots. Danville made it a two-point game on a free throw from Stewart with 1:39 left, but Kimball came up huge with a short jumper for the Knights to tie the score at 42-all.
Spring Raines gave the Knights a lead when she drove the length of the court and scored to give Northview a 44-42 advantage, but Scott responded by flashing to the basket and drawing a foul with 32 seconds left.
She hit one of her free throws and Kimball grabbed her eighth-rebound and Raines hit a free throw for a 45-43 lead. A steal at midcourt sent Raines back to the line and she hit two more shots to ice the game.
Raines had all 27 of her points after halftime to go with 10 rebounds and Kimball added eight points to go with her totals on the boards. Colson had four points and seven rebounds.
In the JV game, Northview got 12 points from Ali Sharton and 10 from Webster in a 37-16 victory. Jessica LaTourette added four points.
The Knights evened their record at 7-7 overall and head to South Vermillion for a conference match-up at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
Stewart 3-7 3-5 10, Nelson 4-6 0-0 8, Scott 4-18 2-2 12, Elliott 2-8 0-0 5, Kramer 3-13 0-1 6, Rawlinson 1-2 0-0 2, Amor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-54 5-8 43.
Bell 1-1 0-0 2, Phillips 2-5 0-0 4, Kimball 4-7 0-1 8, Sp.Raines 6-14 11-15 27, St.Raines 1-5 0-0 2, Colson 0-2 4-6 4, Webster 0-1 0-0 0, Searing 0-2 0-0 0, Sampson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 15-39 15-22 49.
3-point fieldgoals -- Dv 4-15 (Stewart 1-3, Nelson 0-1, Scott 2-6, Elliott 1-5), Nv 4-12 (Sp.Raines 4-8, St.Raines 0-3, Webster 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Dv 32 (Kramer 10), Nv 36 (Sp.Raines 10, Kimball 8, Colson 7). Total Fouls -- Dv 15, Nv 12. Turnovers -- Dv 13, Nv 14.