For the Brazil Times
The Northview Knights didn't get a victory out of Saturday night's high school girls basketball game with the Terre Haute South Braves, but from coach Lu Anne Anderson's view it was a step in the right direction.
Terre Haute South used an 11-2 run in the second quarter and 11-of-14 free throw shooting in the last four minutes and 34 seconds of the game to win 55-46 and move to 5-0.
But the Knights' rally from a 19-point deficit, adjustments on defense and fewer turnovers made second-year coach Lu Anne Anderson optimistic about the future.
"I think finally our team is getting into their heads they're not a bad basketball club when they want to be. I think we're learning from each game out," Anderson said.
"I said at the beginning of the season it was going to be a learning curve, I just didn't know how fast it was going to take [the players]. I think we're on the right track."
Northview, now 2-3, was led by center Chelsey Sampson and guard Lauren Webster with 12 points each. The Knights also got seven points and eight rebounds from Kelsey Searing.
South's Haley Seibert led all scorers with 23 points and was the reason Northview switched to a box-and-one defense. Seibert scored 12 points in the first quarter. Northview's Webster and Emily Phillips got into foul trouble in the second period and the Knights could not switch to a man-to-man.
South, leading 21-14 after one quarter, outscored Northview 11-2 in the second period to lead 32-16 at halftime. After the Knights fell behind 35-16 in the first two minutes of the third quarter, Anderson put the Knights in a box-and-one defense.
"I credit my assistant coach [Mike] Medearis. He came up with that idea. He said 'Why don't we try it?' I was a little leery of that. I wasn't sure how [South center] Hannah Lee would respond to that and if they would beat us in the middle," Anderson said.
The switch led to four Northview steals, seven South turnovers and a 17-2 run by the Knights over the final six minutes of the third period.
"I thought Emily Phillips did a phenomenal job on her and when she got into foul trouble, Carlee Bell did a nice job," Anderson said.
Bell started the Northview run with a steal and lay up, then Sampson added two and Searing hit a free throw. Searing found a hole on the back side of South's defense to score again and added a free throw.
Going to the free throw line again, Searing hit the first of two free throws, but missed the second. Northview's Webster grabbed the rebound, but missed the follow up, only to see Sampson rebound the ball and score. The offensive put back cut the margin to eight, 35-27.
In the final 1:30 of the third period, Webster added two buckets and Searing, as the Knights climbed within four points, 37-33 going into the fourth quarter.
"[Northview] made a nice adjustment going to that box-and-one [defense] on Haley [Seibert] and made us do something that we weren't really familiar or comfortable with because we really hadn't seen that situation," South coach Dave Cassell said.
But the Knights never got closer than three points -- 39-36 on two Webster free throws and 42-39 on Ali Sharton's three-point bucket.
South went into a spread offense with 4:15 to play and cashed in on its free throw opportunities.
"This is the first time I can say our team played complete team defense and played within themselves. Especially on the turnovers, because that has been a killer for us all year. To come out of this game with only 14, that was a major milestone for us," Anderson said.
Terre Haute South (55)
Bailey 2-3 4-5 8, BVell 4-9 1-1 10, Lee 1-6 3-4 5, Seibert 6-8 8-9 23, Ennen 2-5 3-6 7, Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Metheny 0-2 2-2 2, Brewer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-35 FG, 21-27 FT, 55 TP.
Phillips 1-6 4-7 6, Searing 2-6 3-5 7, Sampson 6-11 0-0 12, Webster 4-6 3-3 12, Bell 3-7 0-2 6, Conrad 0-02 0-0 0, Sharton 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 17-42 FG, 10-17 FT, 46 TP.
|Terre Haute South||21||11||5||18||-||55|
3Pt. Goal: THS 4-12 (Seibert 3-4, Vell 1-4, Brewer 0-2, Ennen 0-2), Nv 2-4 (Webester 1-1, Sharton 1-2, Phillips 0-1). Total fouls: THS 16, Nv 23. Rebounds: THS 28 (Lee 10), Nv 27 (Searing 8, Sampson and Bell 6). Turnovers: THS 15, Nv 14. Steals: THS 8 (Bell , Seibert 3), Nv 9 (Webster 3, Phillips 2). FG Pct. THS .428, Nv .404. 3-pt.FG Pct. THS .333, Nv .500. FT Pct. THS .778, Nv .588.
JV game: Terre Haute South won 40-31.
Next game -- Northview (2-3) travels to Bloomington North on Dec. 1. Terre Haute South (5-0) will host Sullivan on Tuesday.