Times Sports Editor
The Plainfield Quakers proved to be rather rude guests at Northview's Senior Night on Tuesday evening.
The Class 4A No. 7 Quakers looked every bit the once-beaten squad while harassing the Knights all over the court while posting a 71-43 victory.
Before the game, Northview honored five seniors, Shelby Colson, Erica Lee, Kirstin Kimball, and both Stormi and Spring Raines.
The Quakers got off to a slow start, turning the ball over five times in the opening period, leaving the door open for the Knights who never took advantage of the opportunity.
Northview turned the ball over 17 times in the first half while Plainfield stayed active in the passing lanes and pestered the Knights guards everywhere they went.
"We were coming off an emotional game last night (vs. Clay City) and we didn't have time to prepare for Plainfield. I had to ask the girls at halftime if they'd forgotten how to play basketball," coach LuAnne Anderson said of her squad. "(Plainfield) is a very good, quality team."
The Knights stayed close late into the first quarter as Spring Raines scored six early points, but the Quakers broke free for several easy buckets in taking a 14-8 lead at the first stop.
Sophomore Sarah Janssen hit all three of her field goal attempts in the quarter from point-blank range as the Quakers took twice as many shots (18-9).
With the Knights still in striking distance, Plainfield sharpshooter, Julia Henson's 3-point shots finally began to go down after she missed all four of her attempts in the first period.
Henson, who came in with 52 3-pointers made this season, hit her first three of the second quarter to open the floor for her teammates.
Freshman Kasey Johnson added a pair of hoops and Northview committed nine turnovers in the quarter while falling behind 36-19 at the break.
When the Quakers opened the second half with the first six points to lead 43-17, the game looked all but over. But the Knights made a short rally as Emily Phillips hit a shot, Stormi Raines knocked home a 3-pointer and Carlee Bell got a putback to narrow the gap to 45-24.
The Knights stayed with the Quakers in the quarter, with each team scoring 15 points. But the Quakers kept their foot on the gas.
Henson, who had a team-high 16 points, hit a jumper to open the fourth period, Samantha Smith followed with one of her own and Jamie Lydick scored and followed with a 3-pointer. The 9-0 run to open the period put the finishing touches on the Knights hopes of a comeback at 60-32.
"We'll roll with the punches," Anderson said. "We're going to regroup and we'll be ready."
Spring Raines led the Knights in scoring with 15 points followed by nine from Phillips, eight from Kimball to go with eight rebounds and Stormi Raines added seven.
In the JV game, Northview rallied in the fourth quarter only to fall short in a 32-26 contest.
Ali Sharton had seven points followed by six from Chelsey Sampson, five from Kylie McKee and four from Jessica LaTourette.
The Knights hit the road on Thursday to face Bloomfield in the final regular season game before sectional play.
Smith 2-6 0-0 4, Janssen 5-12 2-3 12, Johnson 6-11 1-2 13, Turk 3-8 3-6 9, Henson 6-15 1-2 16, Lydick 2-6 0-0 5, Fisher 1-3 0-0 2, McGary 0-0 0-0 0, Pearcy 3-4 0-1 6, Diemer 0-0 0-0 0, Eriksen 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 30-67 7-14 71.
Kimball 3-13 2-4 8, Sp.Raines 4-14 6-6 15, St.Raines 2-5 2-2 7, Lee 0-2 0-0 0, Colson 0-3 0-0 0, Bell 1-1 0-0 2, Phillips 3-4 3-4 9, Sharton 0-0 0-0 0, Searing 1-2 0-2 2, Sampson 0-0 0-0 0, Webster 0-2 0-0 0, Conrad 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-46 13-18 43.
3-point fieldgoals -- Pl 4-21 (Henson 3-11, Lydick 1-5, Smith 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Janssen 0-1, Fisher 0-1), Nv 2-9 (Sp.Raines 1-6, St.Raines 1-2, Lee 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Pl 31 (Pearcy 7), Nv 32 (Kimball 8, Sp.Raines 6). Total Fouls -- Pl 13, Nv 11. Fouled out -- Pl (Pearcy). Turnovers -- Pl 14, Nv 24.