Times Staff Reporter
The Northview Lady Knights used a stout defensive effort to earn an impressive 37-21 win over Riverton Parke Tuesday night.
After Riverton Park took 10-9 lead midway through the second quarter, Kelsey Searing scored five consecutive points to kick-start a 9-0 Northview run. The Knights took a 20-15 lead into the locker room, ending a sloppy first half in which the teams combined for more turnovers (37) than points (35).
The second half started poorly for Northview, as the visiting Panthers scored four consecutive points in the first 38 seconds of the half, cutting the Knight lead to one. Distraught, Northview coach Lu Anne Anderson called a timeout to make quick adjustments.
A stifling, pressure-filled Northview defense completely took over from that point on, as Riverton Parke didn't make a field goal the remainder of the game. The only points the Knights allowed from that point on were on two free throws by Sara Dickey. Anderson said she felt her team was giving up too many points inside early and was elated to see them completely take away the Panthers offense for nearly the entire duration of the second half.
"I told the girls at half time they had to shut down the dribble drive," Anderson said. "(Riverton Parke) was getting too many easy shots in the first half. But we made the right adjustments and the girls did an awesome job shutting them down in the second half."
Offensively, Northview had struggles, committing 27 turnovers, but were able to muster more than enough scoring to secure a win. Laura Webster led all scorers with 14 points while Emily Phillips added 12.
The win moves Northview to 2-1 on the season. Anderson said she was expecting growing pains from her team, which didn't enter the season with a great deal of varsity experience. While she stressed her team had to improve in many areas, most notably committing fewer turnovers (27 on Tuesday), but was more than happy to be earning victories while they became a more complete team.
"We're very excited to be 2-1," Anderson said. "We've still got a way to go but we're making strides and in time, we'll be where we need to be."
The Northview junior varsity also saw great results, winning their season opener by the score of 35-18. Jessica and Danielle LaTourette led a balanced Northview offensive attack scoring nine and eight points respectively. All told, seven Knight players scored in Tuesday's game.
The Knights return to action Thursday with an away game at Mooresville. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
Riverton Parke (21)
Wood 0 0-0 0, Yando 0 0-2 0, Dickey 3 6-10 12, Falls 1 0-1 2, Dailey 0 1-1 1, Burnham 1 2-2 4, Kinne 1 0-0 2. Totals: 6 9-16 21.
Conrad 0 1-2 1, Phillips 4 4-10 12, Sharton 0 1-4 1, Webster 7 0-3 14, Searing 3 2-3 8, Carter 0 1-1 1. Totals: 14 9-23 37.
3-point fieldgoals-- RP 0-4, NV 0-6. Total Rebounds-- RP 23 (Dickey 5, Byers 4), NV-- 33 (Searing 11, Sampson 5, Phillips 5) Team Fouls-- RP 20, NV 18. Fouled Out-- NV (Bell, Phillips) Turnovers-- RP 31, NV 27